Gervonta Davis looking POWERFUL getting ready for Yuriorkis Gamboa clash
By Sean Jones: Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (22-0, 21 KOs) is looking powerful like a young lion in preparing for his December 28 fight on Showtime against former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) at the State Farm Arena, in Atlanta.
Davis and Gamboa will be fighting for the WBA secondary lightweight title. The main WBA 135-lb belt is in the possession of Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Tank Davis showed some of his devastating power in his last fight in stopping Ricardo Nunez in the 2nd round last July in Baltimore. Going into that contest, some boxing fans thought Nunez (21-3, 19 KOs) would give Davis a tough fight, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. Gervonta showed no respect for Nunez in attacking him hard from the opening bell, and quickly destroying him in 2 rounds.
Gervonta punching like a ton of bricks
Davis’ punching power is in top form as he prepares to move up in weight to create a name for himself in the lightweight division against the 37-year-old Gamboa. If Davis can stop Gamboa, it would be a big accomplishment, as he’s only rightfully been stopped by punches once in his career and that was against Terence Crawford in 2014.
Gamboa’s stoppage loss to Robinson Castellanos in 2017 was more of a mental defeat, and it wasn’t a case of him being overpowered.
Tank Davis wants Gamboa to push him
The young 25-year-old Davis has only been forced to go the distance once in his six-year professional career, and that was five years ago against the steel-chinned German Meraz in October 2014. Since that fight, Tank Davis has knocked out his last 13 opponents in a row.
“I want to keep getting better and better,” Davis said via the baltimoresun.com. “And I hope Gamboa brings the best out of me so that people can see that I’m not just a power puncher. I have a lot of boxing skills.”
Gamboa is going to be looking to add Davis’ name under one of his victims in the win column in his 12-year resume. The 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist Gamboa has won his last four contests, and looks like he’s improved.
Gamboa’s loss to Castellanos was more of a situation where he wasn’t ready for that fight. You can’t blame Gamboa for not being excited about fighting Castellanos, because he was facing a guy with a 23-12 record at the time. Gamboa didn’t realize that Castellanos was highly motivated, and he wasn’t going to roll over on him.
Gamboa looking to upset Davis
“I proved to the naysayers that I have a lot left in the tank,” said Gamboa.
This would be a huge upset if Gamboa can defeat Davis on December 28th, because most boxing fans view this fight as a mismatch. This is definitely the biggest puncher, and the most accomplished fighter Davis will have ever fought.
Tank Davis NOT being matched against the best
The criticism that boxing fans have about Davis is he’s been matched weakly by his promoters at Mayweather Promotions. While they’ve done a lot of bold talking about how they view Tank Davis as the best, they’ve been hesitant about backing up their talk by matching him against talented fighters like Lomachenko, Miguel Berchelt, and Tevin Farmer.
Mayweather Promotions decision to match Tank Davis with 37-year-old Gamboa, who isn’t the same fighter he was when he turned professional in 2007, is another sign that his promoters are reluctant to take risks with him.
They’re not going to be able to turn Davis into a superstar on the cheap by matching him against old timers, and fighters that lack the talent to give him a tough test.
The former IBF/WBA super featherweight champion Davis has been quick to call out top fighters, but he’s failed to step it up against any of them.
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