Showtime Sports® New Digital Series “The Rise” Profiles Gervonta Davis
SHOWTIME Sports has released all three installments of the new digital franchise, THE RISE, which profiles boxing’s champions and stars of tomorrow as they grind their way to the top. This debut offering features America’s youngest reigning world champion and a fighter on the cusp of superstardom, Gervonta Davis, in advance of his hometown title defense this Saturday, July 27, live on SHOWTIME.
THE RISE digital series is created specifically for Snapchat and Instagram TV platforms and designed to reach young audiences with short-form, deep-dive, authentic storytelling, THE RISE: GERVONTA DAVIS is a three-part series that is also available on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page.
THE RISE is the latest in a collection of digital offerings from @ShowtimeBoxing that delivers an exclusive look at the personalities, training camps and fight nights of boxing’s biggest names and future stars. Other original, digital-exclusive franchises from SHOWTIME Sports include DAY IN CAMP, FIGHT NIGHT, THE APPROACH and RING RESUME, an all-encompassing lineup of content available on SHOWTIME Sports online platforms and tailored specifically for a digital audience.
In part one of THE RISE: GERVONTA DAVIS, viewers go back to where it all started for “Tank,” Upton Boxing Club in Baltimore. Davis speaks of unimaginable levels of violence and drugs on virtually every corner and shares how his love for boxing and his coaches and teammates kept him on the path to greatness.
Davis takes viewers through both the highs and lows of his young career in part two. From knocking out Jose Pedraza to become the youngest world champion at the time at just 22 years old, to being stripped of the title for missing weight, “Tank” opens up like never before.
In the finale, Davis speaks about what his hometown title defense means to the city of Baltimore and gives viewers an inside look at his training camp with coach Calvin Ford.
Davis will become the first world champion from Baltimore to make a homecoming title defense in nearly 80 years when he faces hard-hitting Panamanian Ricardo Núñez on Saturday, July 27 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Royal Farms Arena.
Gervonta Davis Set to make Baltimore Boxing History on July 27
Two-time super featherweight world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis will make history on Saturday, July 27 when he becomes the first Baltimore native to make a homecoming defense in nearly 80 years.
Davis will defend his WBA Super Featherweight World Championship against mandatory challenger Ricardo “Científico” Núñez live on SHOWTIME from Royal Farms Arena in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Gervonta Davis faces Ricardo Nunez on SHOWTIME
The last Baltimore-native to make a title defense in his hometown was Harry Jeffra, a featherweight world champion who defeated Spider Armstrong in July 1940 at Carlin’s Park to retain his belt.
At 24-years-old Davis is America’s youngest reigning world champion and has proven he has the star power to put Baltimore on the map as a significant fight city. The first world champion from Baltimore was Joe Gans, who was also the first African-American world champion in boxing history when he won the lightweight title in 1902.
“I believe it’s time for me to fight in front of my hometown and thank them for supporting me,” Davis said. “I never thought a fight in Baltimore would be this big. It gives me chills, but I’m ready for it. It’s a big test. I’ve been gone for so long and coming home feels amazing.”
This will be just the second time that the power-punching southpaw has fought in his hometown since turning professional in 2013.
Davis vs. Núñez is the first world championship in Baltimore in nearly 50 years. Light heavyweight champion Bob Foster defeated Mark Tessman by knockout at the Baltimore Civic Center in June of 1970 and the city hasn’t hosted another world title fight since. The historic night will also be the first SHOWTIME boxing event held in Baltimore in the network’s 33-year history
Baltimore Civic Center has hosted great fights in the past
Formerly called the Baltimore Arena and Baltimore Civic Center, Royal Farms Arena has hosted dozens of boxing events since it opened in 1962. One of boxing’s all-time greats, Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard made his professional debut at the Baltimore Civic Center in 1977 and fought there six times during his illustrious career.
A number of notable world titlist have called Baltimore home but never fought in the Charm City, including Hall of Famer Dwight Qawi, former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman and former super welterweight champ Vincent Pettway.
Gervonta Davis focused on Ricardo Nunez
“These guys from the past really motivate me, and I give much respect to the guys before me and the ones after me,” Davis said. “But right now I’m laying the foundation to make history. It’s the people that I see every day in Baltimore that motivate me. I can’t think about anybody that was in the past or the future. We are all worried about what’s in front of us right now.”
Davis vs. Nunez ticket information
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with GTD Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or at the Royal Farms Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET.
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ABOUT DAVIS VS. NÚÑEZ
Davis vs. Núñez will see two-time super featherweight champion and Baltimore native Gervonta “Tank” Davis become the first fighter from Baltimore in almost 80 years to make a homecoming title defense when he defends his WBA title against mandatory challenger Ricardo “Científico” Núñez live on SHOWTIME Saturday, July 27 from Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature former world champions Yuriorkis Gamboa and Roman “Rocky” Martínez battling in a 10-round lightweight attraction while lightweight contender Ladarius “Memphis” Miller meets former world champion Jezzrel “El Invisible” Corrales in a 10-round showdown.