Canelo Alvarez Maintains His Claim as the Face of Boxing Over Tank Davis
When Regular WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (29-0, 27 KO’s) last stepped in the ring, he did wonderfully in the box office. As a result, a number of fans and insiders began dubbing him as the new face of boxing. There is no doubt that Tank is a tremendous draw and routinely hosts star-studded events whenever he competes. Despite this however, undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KO’s) is not ready to give up the crown!
What’s funny about this situation is the fact that it’s fight week for Canelo and virtually no one is talking or excited about the bout. In his match on May 6, Alvarez will test his might with John Ryder in his native Mexico. Much of the disinterest stems from the fact that most view Ryder as a “no-hoper” in the upcoming scrap. Regardless of the less-than-enthused boxing public, as Canelo explained in a recent media round table, he feels he is still the king of the mountain.
“I’m not retired yet, my friend! They can say whatever they want but its not that easy. One fight don’t put you in that position. You need to do a lot of things!”
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While Canelo was quick to defend his position, he was equally quick to show his respect to Tank Davis and all that he has done.
“I like Gervonta Davis a lot. He just needs to do more things to be the face of boxing. Not just one fight but one fight with Ryan Garcia. I respect Ryan Garcia but what he bring [to the table] to be the face of boxing?”
Most would certainly say that Canelo is reasonably safe in his position as the face of boxing, but he better get back on his A-game! He is only one bout removed from his latest loss to Dmitry Bivol and coming off eight months of inactivity. That, combined with his lackluster opponent in John Ryder, will not maintain his lofty perch in the division! So let’s see what interest he can drum up on Saturday, May 6 and if he has any juicy surprise announcements after the battle.