Teofimo Lopez Sr.: “My Son Is The Only One In The Lightweight Division Stepping Up To The Toughest Competition”
By: Hans Themistode
There’s little to no doubt that the lightweight division is jam-packed with several notable names. Particularly amongst the younger group. But as Teofimo Lopez Sr. takes a peek at the resumes of names such as Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, and Ryan Garcia – he’s noticing a consistent pattern.
“My son is the only one in the lightweight division stepping up to the toughest competition,” said Lopez Sr. to a group of reporters. “We’re the only one from the younger crowd that has the lineal belt. On ESPN, he’s pound for pound number five so we’re doing great things. These guys are just fighting guys to play it safe.”
While his son, Teofimo Lopez, could opt to follow a similar path, Lopez Sr. won’t allow it. In just his 15th pro fight, Lopez took on former IBF lightweight titlist Richard Commey on December 14th, 2019. After a bit of a sluggish start, Lopez violently ended the night of Commey in the second round.
With the win, Lopez not only draped his first world title across his shoulders, but he also lined up a date with former unified champion Vasyl Lomachenko. Despite Lopez being pegged as the significant underdog, he registered the colossal upset.
In the case of Haney, Davis, and Garcia, however, they have yet to face someone who holds the same credentials as Lomachenko. At the moment, Lopez has continued his bid to face the best either in or around or his weight class. Next up for the 24-year-old New York, native is an unspecified date against mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr.
Should Lopez successfully defend his lightweight titles, Lopez Sr. revealed that the plan would be to have his son make the trek five-pounds north to challenge undisputed 140-pound champion, Josh Taylor.
As for those who continue to place Lopez’s name next to his young contemporaries, Lopez Sr. shakes his head in disbelief. While he believes the likes of Garcia, Haney, and Davis are extremely talented – Lopez Sr. is of the mindset that his son is simply head and shoulders above them all.
“We’re chasing Josh Taylor, that’s the guy that we want. They don’t understand the game, you fight the best to become the best. My son is way ahead of them.”
Rolando “Rolly” Romero: “He [Gervonta Davis] Bout To Get Knocked Out In One F*cking Round”
By: Hans Themistode
Rolando “Rolly” Romero almost couldn’t believe his eyes.
On the lightweight contender’s desk was a fight contract signed by Gervonta Davis for a December 5th showdown. Wasting little to no time, Romero followed suit by inking his own signature on the dotted line as well.
Romero, 25, had long called for a showdown against Davis. Yet, the 135 pound highly ranked contender was convinced that both Davis, and his team, wouldn’t allow it to happen. Now, with a contest against Davis officially taking place, Romero believes Davis has just made the biggest mistake of his boxing career.
“This is about to be the best two months of my life,” said Romero during a self-recorded video. “He done f*cked up.”
Davis, who currently holds the WBA “Regular” title at both 135 and 140 pounds, picked up the latter in his most recent ring appearance. The Baltimore native opted to jump up two weight classes on June 26th, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia against Mario Barrios. While the handlers of Davis were concerned for his safety, he proved that there was nothing to worry about.
Davis would go on to box cautiously early on before ultimately picking up his aggression in the second half of their contest to register the 11th round stoppage victory. Although Davis has captured world titles in three separate weight classes, Romero’s resume isn’t as ballyhooed.
The Las Vegas resident would win the interim WBA 135 pound title against Jackson Marinez late last year. Eventually, Romero saw his title run truncated due to the sanctioning body putting an end to the proliferation of world titles in every weight class.
In his most recent trip to the ring, Romero shrugged off the excessively overweight Anthony Yigit to stop him in the seventh round earlier this year.
Considering that Romero holds a knockout percentage of 85.71%, he’s fairly certain that not only will he brutally knockout Davis, but that it won’t take him very long to find the fight ending shot.
“He bout to get knocked out in one f*cking round. Put all your money on me to knock this mother f*cker the fuck out.”
Gervonta Davis Confirms Upcoming Showdown Against Rolando “Rolly” Romero On Showtime PPV, December 5th
By: Hans Themistode
There aren’t many who are clamoring to get into the ring with Gervonta Davis. After all, the hard-hitting Baltimore native has gone on to stop all but one of the 25 opponents he’s had in his brief career. But while Davis has shown the ability to end fights in the blink of an eye, Rolando “Rolly” Romero, has continually urged Davis to step foot inside the ring against him. After his persistent call-outs, Romero has had his wish granted.
“I’m back,” said Davis on his social media account. “Dec 5th at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Showtime PPV vs Rollie.”
Davis, 26, had grown tired of the constant trash talk hurled in his direction by Romero. In his most recent ring appearance, the Baltimore native opted to jump two weight classes to take on former WBA super lightweight “Regular” champion, Mario Barrios.
Despite Davis picking up the 11th round stoppage victory, Romero continued to antagonize him. Although the 25-year-old Romero campaigns at 135 pounds, he’s stated on numerous occasions that he would have no problem moving up to the 140-pound division to accommodate Davis. Currently, it is unknown at what weight class their contest will take place.
Romero’s self-belief that he’ll defeat Davis, no matter where their contest takes place, stems from not only believing he’s the better overall fighter, but also the concussive knockout power he’s displayed as well.
On July 17th, at AT&T Center in San Antonio Texas, Romero was set to take on Anthony Yigit in a 135-pound clash. However, Yigit stepped onto the scales one day prior weighing 140 ¼. Viewing Yigit’s added weight as inconsequential, Romero opted to take him on anyway. In spite of the weight differential, Romero dominated their matchup, registering two knockdowns before ending things violently in the seventh round.
With Romero claiming that he’ll not only beat Davis but conclusively stop him, he’ll get his opportunity on December 5th.
Bill Haney: “I Just Know That Stylistically, Devin Presents Some Problems For Tank”
By: Hans Themistode
The prevailing thought process in boxing circles is that Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Gervonta “Tank” Davis, and Shakur Stevenson are future stars in the sport of boxing. Those sentiments are something that Bill Haney, Devin Haney’s father, agrees with.
Unsurprisingly, Bill believes that his son is the cream of the crop. But, of all those aforementioned fighters, he views one as being by far the biggest threat to his offspring and his future goals.
“Tank has always been the most dangerous fighter of those future or possible opponents,” said Bill Haney during an interview with FightHype.com. “Make no mistake about it.”
Recently, Davis only re-enforced the comments of Bill Haney. After dominating the competition at 130 and 135 pounds, the hard-hitting Baltimore native tried his hand at 140 pounds. In his first contest in his new weight division, Davis took on WBA “Regular” belt holder, Mario Barrios.
Despite forfeiting the advantage in the height, reach and weight departments, Davis went on to defeat his much bigger opponent. Any questions of Davis and whether or not his unrelenting power would carry, was immediately answered as he dropped Barrios a total of three times before ultimately picking up the 11th round stoppage win.
The victory may have garnered Davis even more respect in the boxing world, but Bill Haney found his contest against Barrios as essentially inconsequential in how he views the 26-year-old knockout artist.
“I didn’t need to see him against Mario Barrios for me to know that he’s always been the most dangerous.”
If a matchup between Haney and Davis ever materializes, it would be a showdown between two completely different fighters. While Davis has shown off his boxing skills throughout his career, he’s mostly known for leaving his opponents comatose in the ring. On the other side of the equation, Devin Haney has developed into one of the sports pure boxers.
On May 29th, at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this year, Devin Haney carefully dissected former multiple division titlist, Jorge Linares, to defend his WBC lightweight crown.
Considering Devin’s ability to box and move, Bill believes that his son could present the sort of problems to Davis that he’s yet to see in the ring. But while Bill is unquestionably backing his son in their possible future showdown, he does acknowledge that Davis packs the sort of punch that will leave Devin on his toes and alert at all times.
“I just know that stylistically, Devin presents some problems for Tank, just like Tank presents a great deal of dangerous power to Devin as well.”
Ryan Garcia: “Gervonta Doesn’t Want To Fight Anybody Tough, It’s Just Not In His Nature”
By: Hans Themistode
For a number of years now, Ryan Garcia has called for a showdown against knockout artist, Gervonta Davis. The pair have traded words on social media on numerous occasions, with Garcia claiming that if he was granted a shot at the multiple division titlist, he’ll leave him concussed on the canvas.
Despite his verbal threats, a matchup between the pair has failed to materialize.
While the 23 year old claims that he would love nothing more than to get his hands on his long time rival, the former WBC interim lightweight titlist is coming to both a disappointing and disheartening conclusion.
“He’s not going to fight anybody outside of Mayweather promotions,” said Garcia during a self-recorded video. “That’s what Floyd [Mayweather] said.”
Garcia’s remarks, stem from the comments made by Floyd Mayweather, the promoter of Davis. Following his most recent win, an 11th round stoppage over Mario Barrios, Mayweather made it clear that fighters who were outside of his own promotional company, would essentially have no shot at fighting Davis, at least in the short term.
“We work smarter, not harder,” said Mayweather following yet another knockout win by Davis. “We keep everything in house. Mayweather Promotions, PBC, were all one family. We’re not about to go somewhere and make another company great. We have plenty of fighters at 140, 135 and 130.”
With Garcia closely aligned with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, the young star believes that his chances of fighting Davis are essentially slim to none. Furthermore, with names such as Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Shakur Stevenson and a long list of others currently under different promotional banners, Garcia is convinced that team Davis will use this as an opportunity to eschew from the rest of the competition.
“Gervonta is just never gonna fight I don’t think anybody that you want him to fight. He doesn’t want to fight anybody tough, it’s just not in his nature.”
Those thoughts, however, are simply erroneous according to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. If Garcia continues to spread what he classifies as false pretenses, then Ellerbe has revealed that he will have no choice but to release proof of what really took place behind closed doors.
“Ryan Garcia this not it for real,” said Ellerbe on his social media account. “You know damn well what time of day it is so please stop fronting for the fans. You know damn well I tried to make that fight and your promoter said you had other plans. Don’t have me put the doc out there and expose it. Stop playing.”
Gary Russell Jr. Shares His Thoughts On Gervonta Davis: “Their Cherry Picking, Trying To Bamboozle The Fans”
By: Hans Themistode
For the most part, Gervonta “Tank” Davis was praised for his efforts.
Recently, the hard-hitting Baltimore native had his “dare to be great” moment, when he moved up two weight divisions to take on Mario Barrios. The two squared off at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia on June 26th. While Davis struggled early with the size and length advantage of Barrios, he eventually found his money shot, flooring Barrios a total of three times before stopping him in the 11th round.
With the win, Davis stripped Barrios of his WBA “Regular” title. Although fans of Davis have sung his praises for the brazen move, Gary Russell Jr. believes there’s was nothing audacious about Davis facing Barrios.
“It was strategized and it almost f*cking backfired,” said Russell during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Their cherry-picking. What I mean by that is, they picking the easiest task or the easiest fighter and fighting that person. They trying to trick and bamboozle the fans.”
Russell’s frustrations aren’t simply tied to Davis facing Barrios. Several months prior to their showdown, Davis stood across the ring from former multiple division champion, Leo Santa Cruz. Despite his credentials, Cruz was pegged as the heavy underdog.
Just as most predicted, Davis scored an early finish on the night, turning Cruz’s lights out in the sixth round. But while Davis may have picked up stoppage victories against both Barrios and Cruz, Russell believes he was in serious trouble before the sudden endings.
“With Barrios, he was f*cking losing. He was honestly beating Tank. Even when he was fighting Leo, he was losing that fight.”
Currently, Davis is pondering an important decision. The 26-year-old is in possession of the WBA “Regular” title at both 135 and 140 pounds. Just a few days ago, Davis opted to drop his 130-pound version of the belt, as the sanctioning body is attempting to end the proliferation of world titles. He’ll now be forced to choose between holding onto his championship status at either 135 or 140 pounds.
While Davis has given no indication of what he’ll choose to do, Russell Jr. believes that there’s simply no way he’ll stick around in the 140-pound division.
“I know for a fact he ain’t gonna stay his ass up there at 140. He ain’t gonna stay at 140, not with that performance.”
Calvin Ford Sends Message To Keith Thurman Amid Gervonta Davis Fight Rumors: “You’ve Been Beat, So You Know How To Be Beat”
By: Hans Themistode
As of late, Gervonta Davis has had the propensity to move up in weight.
Earlier this year in late June, Davis opted to move up two weight divisions to take on a much larger man in Mario Barrios. Despite giving up several inches in height and reach, Davis had little to no trouble dealing with the Texas native, dropping him a total of three times before ultimately stopping him in the 11th.
With the win, Davis added the WBA 140 pound “Regular” title to his collection. Since then, rumors have surfaced of a possible showdown between the Baltimore native and former unified welterweight champion, Keith Thurman. In order for the two to lock horns, Davis would have to once again move up in weight.
While things are far from official, promoter of Davis and CEO of Mayweather Promotions in Leonard Ellerbe, has not only expressed a willingness to make their showdown a reality but he’s also supremely confident in the end result.
“I’d make that fight in two seconds,” said Ellerbe on his social media account when discussing a possible Thurman vs. Davis matchup. “Tank would knock him the f*ck out right now.”
Although Ellerbe has shown absolutely no hesitancy in what would ultimately take place between the pair, Calvin Ford, head trainer of Davis, was a bit more reluctant.
“I’m not as confident because you can’t sleep on Thurman,” said Ford during an interview with FightHype.com. “I’ve been knowing Thurman since the amateurs.”
Since unifying welterweight titles against Danny Garcia in March of 2017, Thurman has suffered several setbacks due to injury. Over a four-year span, Thurman has stepped into the ring only twice and in his most recent appearance in 2019, he suffered the first defeat of his career to Manny Pacquiao. The now 32-year-old was floored in the opening round but managed to rally back. Ultimately though, Thurman came up just short, losing via split decision.
With his record now blemished, Ford believes there’s a clear blueprint to defeat the former unified 147-pound titlist.
“I know how to get past him. In the words of Floyd Mayweather, you’ve been beat, so you know how to be beat.”
Leonard Ellerbe: “Keith [Thurman] Can Fight His Ass Off But Tank Would Knock Him The F*ck Out”
By: Hans Themistode
With his most recent performance, Gervonta Davis proved that size doesn’t always matter.
On June 26th, earlier this year in front of a jam-packed crowd at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia, Davis moved up two weight classes to take on a much larger man in Mario Barrios. While the Baltimore native was cautious in his first trip to 140 pounds, he ultimately found his groove and scored three knockdowns on the night before ending things in the 11th. The win for Davis netted him the WBA “Regular” title in the process.
With that victory well behind him, Davis revealed that he plans on returning to the ring this coming October. At the moment, team Davis is currently scouring the boxing landscape as they look for his next possible opponent. Amongst those possible candidates have been: Joseph Diaz, Ryan Garcia and a slew of others.
One name, however, that has received noticeable attention recently, is former unified 147-pound champion, Keith Thurman.
According to promoter of Davis and CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, he’d put them in the ring against one another in a “nanosecond.”
Thurman, 32, was once considered by most as the best fighter that the welterweight division had to offer. Since defeating Danny Garcia in March of 2017 and unifying titles, Thurman has struggled with activity. The Clearwater, Florida native has fought only twice in a four-year span and is coming off the first defeat of his career at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in July of 2019.
Although injuries have ravaged much of his career as of late, Ellerbe still has a tremendous amount of admiration for Thurman as a fighter.
“Keith can fight his ass off,” said Ellerbe on his social media account. “He’s a guy I got a lot of respect for but that fight I’d make in 2 seconds.”
If Ellerbe did in fact pick up the phone and get both men to sign on the dotted line, it would represent the fifth fight in a row for Davis in a different weight class.
The Baltimore product scored a decisive second-round knockout win against Ricardo Lopez in July of 2019 at 130 pounds. He then followed that up five months later, this time at 135 pounds against Yuriokis Gamboa, stopping him in the 12th. One year later, Davis would drop back down to 130 pounds to stop former multi-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round of their contest. And, of course, most recently, Davis made the trek ten pounds north to stop Mario Barrios.
If Davis were to climb up even higher in weight, Ellerbe is very much confident that Thurman will suffer the same fate as those who came before him.
“Tank is not a 47 pounder but Tank would knock him the f*ck out right now.”
Mario Barrios: “The Move To 147 Is Definitely Soon”
By: Hans Themistode
Mario Barrios has had quite a bit of time to reflect on the first loss of his professional career.
Just over a month ago, the 140-pound contender attempted to use his size, strength and overall skills to punish Gervonta Davis. The two squared off in Atlanta Georgia at the State Farm Arena with Barrios placing his WBA “Regular” super lightweight title on the line. Despite holding all of the physical advantages, Barrios was dropped multiple times and ultimately stopped in the 11th as Davis successfully moved up two weight classes to dethrone him.
As the 26-year-old continues to map out his next decision, he revealed that his future may not involve further fights at 140 pounds.
“The move to 147 is definitely soon,” said Barrios during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Before this fight with Gervonta, I was ready to make that move to 147. Given the opportunity, we might stay at 140. I’m going to sit down and talk to my team but the move up to welterweight is going to be soon.”
For Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs), he’s still attempting to get used to calling himself a former champion. Since capturing the WBA 140 pound “Regular” title in 2019, Barrios has proudly defended his crown. In his matchup against Davis, however, he simply couldn’t stand up to the power that the Baltimore native dished out.
Still, regardless of the conclusive defeat, Barrios believes that referee Thomas Taylor stepped in prematurely to call a halt to their contest. Outside of the three knockdowns, Barrios appeared to be holding his own. At times, he flashed a hard jab and stung Davis on multiple occasions. The jam-packed crowd at the State Farm Arena stood on their feet on several occasions as the action was nonstop.
Had their contest not been called off, Barrios believes he had a chance to do the unthinkable and pull off the win. The what-ifs, however, isn’t something that Barrios wants to dwell upon. With the first loss of his career now smeared on his resume, he’s anxious to make amends for it.
“It’s a fight I know that I was in. That’s why it’s so motivating because I know it was that close but it got called off with a round and a half left. It’s made me more hungry than anything.”
Gervonta Davis Vs. Joseph Diaz Could Reportedly Be Explored
By: Hans Themistode
After pocketing the biggest win of his career, Gervonta Davis appears to be on track to making a return later on this year. According to Lance Pugmire of The Athletic, one opponent, that is at the very least being explored, is former 130-pound belt holder, Joseph Diaz.
The California native rolled the dice on himself recently and cashed in. Following the loss of his IBF super featherweight world title on the scales against Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov, Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KOs) was forced to settle for a majority decision draw. Seemingly unable to make 130 pounds anymore, Diaz accepted a risky short notice fight against multiple division belt holder, Javier Fortuna at 135.
Despite being deducted one point in the fourth round for hitting his man behind the head, Diaz cruised to a unanimous decision victory. With the win, Diaz picked up the WBC 135 pound interim title and is attempting to lure Devin Haney, the sanctioning bodies full belt holder, into the ring.
But while Diaz would love to get his hands on Haney, he could find himself lined up against Davis instead.
Just a few short weeks ago, the Baltimore native proved that his concussive knockout power can be just as devastating in a higher weight division. For the first time in his relatively brief career, Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) made the jump to 140 pounds. Greeting him at the door, was former WBA “Regular” titlist, Mario Barrios.
Although Davis gave up several inches in both height and reach, he had little to no trouble dealing with a much bigger man, dropping him several times over before ultimately stopping him in the 11th.
For the past few years, Davis has campaigned in several weight classes. In 2019, two of his three fights took place at 130 pounds while his final ring appearance was held at 135. In his lone showing in 2020, Davis squeezed back down to 130 pounds. No matter the weight class though, each result was the same as Davis scored the knockout victory.
Immediately following his win over Barrios, Davis added another title to his already overflowing mantle. Currently, he holds the WBA “Regular” at 130, 135 and now, 140. Content with whoever is thrown in his direction, Davis stated that he would have no issue competing in any of the weight classes in which he holds a title.
With Diaz now settling in at 135, if a matchup against Davis does take place, the Baltimore product could drop in weight for his next challenge. Regardless of what’s to come, Davis, as stated on his social media account, appears to be gearing up for a return to the ring in the fall.
“October, I’m back.”
Gervonta Davis Vs. Mario Barrios Reportedly Brings In Approximately 210k-215k PPV Buys
By: Hans Themistode
It was essentially a lateral, albeit still successful move.
As first reported by ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios generated just over 200,000 pay-per-view buys. Coppinger also reported that the final figure for the event, which took place on June 26th, in Atlanta Georgia, will settle in at approximately at 210k-215k buys.
For the 26-year-old Davis, his showdown against Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs) represented his second straight pay-per-view. Roughly eight months ago, at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas, Davis took on former multiple division champion, Leo Santa Cruz. After five rounds of fairly even action, Davis found the shot he was looking for, a left uppercut that immediately turned off the lights of Santa Cruz the moment it landed in the sixth round. For his PPV debut, Davis vs. Santa Cruz reportedly raked in roughly 200k-225k buys.
Despite his initial figures, his second run on the PPV platform has failed to generate bigger numbers. On the night, Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) moved up two weight classes to take on Barrios. Regardless of Barrios holding an advantage in height, reach and overall size – Davis had little to no trouble navigating through the 140-pound waters. The hard-hitting multiple division titlist added another piece of hardware to his championship mantle as he dropped Barrios three times before stopping him in the 11th. With the win, Davis snagged his third WBA “Regular” title as he currently holds the same strap at both 130 and 135.
Also featured on the card in the co-main event were two highly rated 154-pound contenders as Erickson Lubin took on former unified champion, Jeison Rosario. Lubin would go on to dominate the action before picking up the win via sixth-round stoppage.
Chris Colbert Eyeing Leo Santa Cruz: “I Think Me And Him Would Be One Helluva Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Chris Colbert has carried himself with the type of swagger and moxie that doesn’t quite match his experience and accomplishments in the ring.
Heading into the second defense of his interim WBA 130 pound title against late replacement, Tugstsogt Nyambar, the surrounding notion going into their clash was that Colbert would be tested like never before.
For the most part, the 29 Mongolian native gave Colbert all he could handle in the first half of their contest which took place at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson California. With that said, once the 24-year-old Colbert figured out his man, he cruised to the unanimous decision victory.
As their contest unfolded, former four-division world champion and current 130-pound contender, Leo Santa Cruz, nodded from his ringside seat in approval. Once Colbert officially wrapped up the win, he wasted no time in calling him out.
“I think me and him would be one helluva fight,” said Colbert to a group of reporters following his victory. “Something the fans would love to see”
Santa Cruz, 32, is said to be fully recovered from the deleterious knockout blow at the hands of Gervonta Davis. While the ending may have come both violently and suddenly in the sixth round of their October 2020, clash, the former multiple division champion believes he’s ready to get back on the championship trail.
At times, Colbert has shown no respect to his opponents. He’s displayed an incredible amount of hubris and has carried himself as though he is supercilious against whomever he steps into the ring against. Just days before his contest against Nyambar, Colbert stated that it was “impossible” for the 29-year-old to defeat him. And while he was ultimately proven right, in the case of a possible showdown against Santa Cruz, Colbert has taken a more respectful approach.
“He’s a helluva champion. Four division world champion and I’m a future world champion. I take off my hat to him.”
Mike Tyson: “I Think Gervonta Davis Is The Greatest Fighter Around Now”
By: Hans Themistode
Mike Tyson has always been impressed with Gervonta Davis. More than anyone else, the Baltimore native has received nonstop comparisons to the 2011 Hall of Famer. With both Davis and Tyson having the propensity to end fights in the blink of an eye, the multiple division world champion continued to prove why the juxtaposition to the all-time great is warranted.
This past weekend, at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia, Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) moved up two weight classes to take on former 140-pound belt holder, Mario Barrios. Despite giving up several inches in height and reach, Davis had little trouble with his man as he went on to drop him several times over before ultimately stopping him in the 11th.
Following the explosive win, not only has Tyson become an even bigger fan, he now believes no one in the world is better.
“I think Gervonta Davis is the greatest fighter around now,” said Tyson during a self-recorded video. “He’s the top dog, there’s no doubt about it. He showed it.”
Davis, 26, seemingly has a plethora of options at his disposal now. The win over Barrios not only crowned him a world champion at 140 pounds but at the moment, Davis also holds titles at 130 and 135. In each case, the Baltimore product is in possession of the WBA “Regular” title.
While there are no clear-cut front runners for his next ring appearance, Davis did go on record stating he would be willing to face anyone in the three weight classes where he holds a title.
At 140 pounds, Davis has gone back and forth with former titlist Regis Prograis and undisputed champion Josh Taylor, claiming he would stop both. As for the 135-pound division, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, explained that a future matchup against Ryan Garcia is must watch television.
Regardless of where Davis competes at next, it appears as though Tyson believes the hard-hitting young star will have the edge over his competition.
Calvin Ford, Head Coach Of Gervonta Davis, Reveals That Canelo Alvarez Nearly Walked Him Out In Mario Barrios Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
Although they’ve never met face to face, there has always been a deep amount of admiration between Gervonta Davis and Canelo Alvarez.
Whenever posed with the question of who’s the number one pound for pound fighter in the world, Davis has never hesitated in siding with Alvarez. As for the Mexican star, he’s stated on numerous occasions that Davis is one of his favorite young fighters to watch.
This past Saturday night at the State Farm Arena, in Atlanta Georgia, Davis moved up two weight classes to challenge former WBA “Regular” super lightweight champion, Mario Barrios. Accompanying Davis to the ring on the night was famed rapper Lil Baby, former four-division champion Adrien Broner and a long entourage as well. While his entrance was as star-studded as ever, head coach of Davis in Calvin Ford, revealed that they were oh so close to having Alvarez chaperone Davis to the ring.
“He came close,” said Ford during an interview with ESNews. “He kept saying that he wanted to come. If he would’ve came, I would’ve been a fan that day.”
While Alvarez ultimately had other business to attend to, Davis still went out and dominated his much bigger opponent. The Baltimore native scored three knockdowns on the night before closing the show in the 11th.
Despite Alvarez not attending the event, Davis still showed his support for the pound for pound star by rocking his name brand gloves, No Boxing No Life, for his showdown against Barrios.
As for what could be next for both Alvarez and Davis. For starters, Alvarez continues to work behind the scenes in an attempt to secure an undisputed showdown against current IBF super middleweight titlist, Caleb Plant.
The future of Davis on the other hand, is currently filled with more options. With the concussive knockout artist holding world titles at 130, 135 and 140 simultaneously, he has shown an openness to face all comers in each weight class.
Most recently, former 140-pound belt holder Regis Prograis called for a showdown between the pair for later on this year.
Robert Garcia Believes Gervonta Davis Takes Care Of Business Against Josh Taylor: “I Think Tank Knocks Him Out”
By: Hans Themistode
If you were to ask long-time trainer Robert Garcia where Gervonta “Tank” Davis ranks at 135 pounds just last year, there’s a good chance Garcia would have placed him roughly third or fourth behind Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Garcia’s thoughts were never meant to be a slight to the Baltimore native but more so a compliment to how deep the 135-pound division is. With that said, after watching Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) move up two weight classes to 140 pounds and dismantle former WBA “Regular” super lightweight belt holder Mario Barrios, Garcia is now singing a whole different tune.
“I think I have him rated above Loma and Teofimo,” said Garcia on Robert Garcia Unfiltered.
This past weekend at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia, Davis walked into his showdown against Barrios with several physical disadvantages. Yet, despite giving up five inches in height and four inches in reach, Davis methodically broke his man down. The eighth round, in particular, was especially explosive as the Baltimore native dropped Barrios twice in the round. He would eventually score the stoppage win in the 11th to wrap a world title in his third weight class around his waist.
Although Davis is now technically a world champion at 140 pounds, all roads to claiming top dog status, however, run through Josh Taylor. Just last month, Britain’s Taylor unified all four major titles against Garcia’s fighter, Jose Ramirez. Following the win, Garcia tipped his cap to Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) for dropping Ramirez twice before ultimately eking out a close decision win.
With all four world titles safely draped over his shoulders, Taylor is considered the consensus top fighter in the division and has become a common name on every credible pound-for-pound list. Still, even with Garcia admitting that Taylor is a great fighter, when forced to make a decision in a hypothetical matchup between the two, Garcia went with the young knockout artist.
“I think Tank knocks him out. It’s cause of his style. When he makes that decision to be f*cking aggressive, the power is insane. It’s tough, cause Taylor is a good fighter too, that would be a great fight.”