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Yuriorkis Gamboa ready to beat Gervonta Davis

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By Aragon Garcia: Yuriorkis Gamboa wants to keep his winning streak going by adding Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (22-0, 21 KOs) to the list of fighters that he’s beaten recently.

Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) and former IBF/WBA super featherweight champion Tank Davis meet up on December 28 on SHOWTIME at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

The Cuban great Gamboa has resurrected his career with four impressive victories over Roman Martinez, Jason Sosa, Miguel Beltran Jr. and Alexis Reyes. It would be a lot bigger deal for Gamboa to take Davis’ scalp on December 28. His four wins were fine victories for Gamboa, but none of them can compare to the name of Gervonta.

If Gamboa can beat Davis, it would make him the WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion, and it would open up the possibilities of getting fights against WBC champion Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko.

This is a toss-up fight between Gervonta and Gamboa. Although Davis is an unbeaten two-time champion at 130, he never fought the elite opposition in the division. His promoters at Mayweather Promotions have been selecting his opposition with a fine tooth comb since he turned professional in 2013. Gamboa has been fighting the best since he turned pro, and looking sensational.

Gamboa prepared to knock Gervonta off the mountain top

“I think it’s an important fight. Everyone has seen what has happened in my last two bouts and I want to continue what happened in the fight against Rocky Martinez,” said Gamboa to Jorge Ebro at
State Farm Arena in Atlanta in a special year-end Premier Boxing Champions event.

“Everyone knows how long I have been in boxing, the story I have made that I think it gives to talk, and as I have always told you, I am well prepared and any boxer has a problem with me’.”

Gervonta is being thrown to the wolves by Mayweather Promotions in them matching him against the talented Gamboa, and it’s going to be fun to see how he deals with that. This is a fight that would likely have NEVER been made if this was the 2007 version of Gamboa.

Yuriorkis with HUGE advantage in experience

Gamboa is coming into this fight with Davis on December 28th with a MONSTROUS advantage in experience in the amateur and professional ranks, and there’s nothing Gervonta can do about that. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist Gamboa has fought these fighters as a professional:

  • Terence Crawford
  • Roman Martinez
  • Robinson Castellanos
  • Jason Sosa
  • Rene Alvarado
  • Hylon Williams Jr.
  • Daniel Ponce De Leon
  • Darleys Perez
  • Orlando Salido
  • Jonathan Victor Barros
  • Jorge Solis
  • Adailton De Jesus

If the Cuban talent was still fighting at the 2007 level, Mayweather Promotions probably wouldn’t consider putting Tank Davis in with him. You hate to say it but it would have been a MASSIVE mismatch. Davis is a good fighter, but he’s not shown the speed and overall talent that Gamboa possesses. Fighters like Gamboa are born, not made.

Gamboa ALWAYS fought the best in the amateurs, and he’s continued to do that as a professional. He hasn’t been babied and protected by his promoters and fed pablum.

“I have the quality, the talent, the maturity. If the preparation is effective, I can have a good result,” said Gamboa.

“Definitely, that’s what we are demonstrating.”

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