Gervonta “Tank” Davis Eyes Return to 135 and Fighting By the End of the Year
There’s been plenty of speculation on what’s next up for the multi-divisional world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (25-0, 24 KOs). The Baltimore, Maryland resident was the WBA “super” champion at junior lightweight and the WBA “world” champion at both lightweight and junior welterweight.
According to Stephen Espinoza, we could see him in the ring sooner than later. During an interview with ESNEWS, the president of Showtime Sports shared hopes of having the power-punching southpaw back in the ring by the end of this year.
“Whether you’re talking about 135, which is primarily what we’re thinking about, it’s really splintered. So, it’s tough to make the big fight. No one place has all of the opponents.
Right now, we’re trying to find who is available, who is willing to do a deal, what’s the best available fight. Gervonta definitely wants to get back before the end of the year, and we’d love to do that. We want to keep the momentum going.”
On August 20, the WBA sent Davis an ultimatum. They informed him he had seven days to decide which of those titles he planned on keeping. Davis decided to relinquish the WBA 130 pound belt.
MANY MOVES ON THE BOXING BOARD
The last time Davis was in the ring, he stopped Mario Barrios to claim the WBA world ‘regular” title at 140. Espinoza said the venture to junior welterweight was not a permanent move. By making that claim, it suggests he may let go of the 140 pound belt as well.
There has been much talk on boxing social media and message boards regarding the Baltimore resident stepping into the ring against the fellow young guns at 135. They include unified IBF/WBA ‘super’/WBO world champ, Teofimo Lopez, WBC world champion Devin Haney, and top contender Ryan Garcia.
The WBA may hold the key to Davis’ immediate future. If the plan is to return to lightweight, look for the sanctioning body to order a match between Davis and #1 ranked WBA lightweight “Rolly” Romero.
Following a July 17 TKO win over Anthony Yigit, Romero said Davis is his number one target. The two have had some heated exchanges on social media. Both men pack plenty of power, and a Davis v Romero clash would be explosive.
Whether it’s a fight at the end of the year or in early 2022, Gervonta Davis is one of the more popular and talked-about figures in the sport. Explosive in the ring and controversial outside the ropes, “Tank” is always in the news and a topic of discussion, for better or worse.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.