Fans believe Tank Davis fighting Abner Mares next

By Boxing News - 11/12/2022 - Comments

By Sam Volz: Fans still believe Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis will be fighting Abner Mares in January when the secondary WBA lightweight champion returns to the ring.

Tank (27-0, 25 KOs) will get a lot of stick from boxing fans when/if the Mares fight is announced because the former three-division world champion hasn’t won a fight since 2017, and younger people have never heard of him.

Given how Tank Davis is sectioned off from the quality guys at 135 due to the promotional and network issues, Mares might be as good it gets for him in his January fight. At least the older hardcore boxing fans have heard of Mares and will remember him during his heyday between 2010 & 2015.

Negotiations for Tank’s primary target against social media/boxer hybrid Ryan Garcia are rumored to have hit a stall due to DAZN wanting a dual promotion and dual broadcast sharing situation with Showtime. Without Showtime letting DAZN put on the fight, there won’t be a Tank vs. Ryan fight.

A lot of time has been waited by Tank trying to set up a fight against the 23-year-old Ryan, and many fans want to see him move on. There are better fighters than Ryan that would be easy fights for Tank to fight, but Mayweather Promotions hasn’t attempted to make those matches.

Giving up on the Ryan Garcia fight would open up the possibility of Tank fighting these quality fighters:

  • Michel Rivera
  • Vasyl Lomachenko
  • Shakur Stevenson
  • William Zepeda
  • Devin Haney
  • Jamaine Ortiz
  • Jeremiah Nakathila

Despite Tank’s recent denials on social media about him not fighting the 36-year-old Mares (31-3-2, 15 KOs), fans still believe that’s the guy he’ll be defending against on Showtime pay-per-view.

It’ll be a tough sell on PPV, but then again, so were Tank’s fights against Rolly Romero, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Leo Santa Cruz.

Gervonta’s career is arguably stunted due to his promoters at Mayweather Promotions keeping im away from the quality guys at lightweight.

The former three-division world champion Tank is 28 now, and he’ll be 3o before you know it. The sad thing is, he still hasn’t fought for a major belt at lightweight, and he’s rotting on the vine, wasting his career fighting poor opposition like Rolly, and Ryan Garcia.

Tank hasn’t fought for a major belt since moving up to the 135-lb division. He holds the secondary WBA belt when he should have already challenged for the more prestigious main WBA belt or the other three titles.