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Gervonta Davis: I want to start training tomorrow

Gervonta Davis Leo Santa Cruz

By Sean Jones: Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis says he’ll be starting his training on Wednesday. The WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Davis may have seen the video of Leo Santa Cruz, who is hard at work getting ready for their fight already.

Mayweather promotions still haven’t scheduled the Tank Davis vs. Santa Cruz fight, but it’s expected to go down in the summer. I want to see this fight to watch how Tank deals with Santa Cruz. Tank can destroy Santa Cruz in his own weight class, that would be impressive.

Tank Davis ready to start training

“I wanna start sparring tmrw,” said Tank Davis on his Twitter.

When a poster replied to Tank’s Tweet, saying, “Don’t trust Floyd,” Tank Davis replied, “I Don’t.” 

Davis’ promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been training his rival WBC lightweight champion, Devin Haney, lately, and it’s a bad look. I guess Mayweather has decided to try and create a duplicate of himself in Haney.

Gervonta Davis Leo Santa Cruz

It might be a waste of time. Tank is the one that Mayweather should be focusing on rather than an outsider, but oh well. After Tank Davis leaves Mayweather Promotions when his contract is up, we’ll see which of these two fighters’ careers takes off. Will be Tank or the Mayweather-trained Devin Haney?

Speaking of Mayweather, he’s now sparring for some reason. I wonder what that’s about.

Tank (23-0, 22 KOs) needs to make sure he’s ready for this fight because Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) has made it clear that’ll be taking place at 130.

The three-division world champion Santa Cruz, 31,  doesn’t want to move up to 135 to take on Tank Davis at a weight where he’ll be more comfortable. Tank can always say no to fighting Santa Cruz at 130, but then he probably won’t get the fight.

Given that Mayweather Promotions hasn’t been putting Tank in with the talented fighters, you have to believe that he would wind up with someone less well known than Santa Cruz.

Espinoza excited about Tank vs. Santa Cruz

“It’s going to be one of my highest priorities. Tank and Leo is, I think, a really intriguing fight,” said Showtime president Stephen Espinoza to The Shadow League. “Tank has really burst on the scene and sort of generating a lot of attention and sort of established himself as one of the faces of the sport. But Leo Santa Cruz would easily be his toughest opponent to date.”

Well, considering that Mayweather Promotions hasn’t been putting Tank Davis in with the talented guys like Vasiliy Lomachenko, I agree with Espinoza that Santa Cruz will be the toughest opponent to date.

These are the best fighters that Tank Davis has fought during his career:

  • Jose Pedraza
  • Yuriorkis Gamboa – 38-years-old
  • Hugo Ruiz
  • Francisco Fonseca
  • Liam Walsh

It’s sad how poorly Tank Davis has been matched during his seven-year professional career. Davis has been a pro since 2013, and the above list is the best fighters that he’s been matched against. We’re seeing young upstarts in Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia that are being matched against the same type of opposition that Tank has been put in with.

By this point in Gervonta’s career, he should have already fought guys like Lomachenko, Miguel Berchelt, Santa Cruz, Teofimo Lopez, Joseph Diaz, and Luke Campbell.


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