Gervonta Davis: The Best Is Yet To Come?

By Paul Magno on September 3, 2019
Gervonta Davis: The Best Is Yet To Come?
Adding Davis to that mix makes the division among the most intriguing in the sport.

Davis will be jumping into a division that, just a few months ago, appeared to be a barren wasteland with one untouchable king at the very top…

Undefeated 24-year-old Gervonta “Tank” Davis is moving on from his 130 lb. weight class, ditching his WBA super featherweight title, and moving up to the deepening waters of the lightweight division where three-belt champ Vasiliy Lomachenko rules supreme.

Davis will be jumping into a division that, just a few months ago, appeared to be a barren wasteland with one untouchable king at the very top and nary a true challenger in sight. Now, however, the emergence of young talents such as Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, and Ryan Garcia, along with the growing presence of IBF titlist Richard Commey and the return of an apparently refurbished Yuriorkis Gamboa, make for an interesting mishmash of styles, abilities, and temperaments at 135. Throw in the names of former champs due for a second run at the top such as Robert Easter, Jose Pedraza, Rances Barthelemy, and Javier Fortuna and lightweight looks deeper and stronger than it has looked in a long time.

Adding Davis to that mix makes the division among the most intriguing in the sport.

“Tank” takes some heat for a relatively low level of opposition for someone being pushed as a burgeoning pay-per-view superstar by mentor/promoter/sometime-antagonist Floyd Mayweather. But the reality is, if we’re judging the young man by 24-year-old fighter standards, he’s okay in the résumé area with dominant wins over Cristobal Cruz, Jose Pedraza, and Jesus Cuellar being the high-water mark victories of his six-year pro career.

The reality is that Davis has been so dominant, with a current 13-fight KO/TKO streak and 21 of 22 career wins coming inside the distance, that his overall opposition looks weak in retrospect.

The folks over at “The Punch Line with Kelly Pavlik and James Dominguez” (a pretty damn entertaining boxing show, btw) brought up this interesting point via their Facebook page:

“Tank has the Mike Tyson effect, meaning we haven’t seen the best version of Tank due to he knocks everyone out early and hasn’t been pushed yet…”

And this certainly seems to be an accurate assessment of where Davis is right now.

Of course, things can go two ways, though. We could see Davis rise to the occasion against Lomachenko or hungry young contenders like Lopez and Haney, proving himself to be a truly complete, elite-level fighter and generational talent. We could also see him fall to pieces, ala Tyson, with a lifetime of being the baddest bully on the block dulling his other attributes or completely masking the fact that he is lacking in other attributes.

So, the jury is still out when it comes to Davis. We just don’t know how good he really is because he’s yet to be in a spirited battle against someone with a realistic chance of beating him. That’s pretty standard for this day and age, actually, and he shares that question mark with a lot of today’s best of the best like Terence Crawford and Errol Spence, who, despite their obvious ability and passing of all “eye tests,” have not truly been challenged in a “real,” competitive fight.

But, with his new status as WBA mandatory challenger to Lomachenko and entry into a division full of quality, young talent (along with some established veterans), “Tank” will have the perfect canvas on which to illustrate his star power and establish his professional legacy.

But this is boxing and that means things are rarely as simple as one man fighting the very best to establish himself as the best. Davis and Mayweather Promotions are, by all accounts, difficult to deal with at the negotiating table and most everyone truly worth fighting at lightweight—Lomachenko, Lopez, Haney, Commey—is a world away from Davis, separated by conflicting business ties.

Still, the possibility exists—however slim it may be—that, this time, boxing business will not stand in the way of boxing and a quality talent like Davis will be allowed to climb as high as his ability lets him or crash spectacularly under enemy fire while trying to reach the stars.

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  1. nonprophet 10:06am, 09/07/2019

    Guess I’m an idiot, Thrash.  Cause right now, Loma is unbeatable.  No one can figure out his footwork.

  2. Thrashem 05:21pm, 09/05/2019

    Koolz, Campbell would be on Tanks list, but needs more preparation for Loma. Tank has the makings to solve the Loma puzzle.
    Some idiots think that Loma is unbeatable. Armstrong fought 24 times a year and Loma is not in the same league. Loma could be great but will never get any stats close to be in that category. Inactivity makes Loma vulnerable. He can only beat up his shadow so often, then a dose of Tank or Pacman reality will set in. Boom lights out!

  3. They Call Me Fredo 04:46pm, 09/05/2019

    Arum makes the retarded statement that Loma will possibly do what Henry Armstrong did and fight simultaneously in 3 different divisions while defending world titles at 126, 130 and 135. WHAT? Armstrong simultaneously held the featherweight, the lightweight and welterweight titles and damn near won the middleweight title, albeit fighting Ceferino Garcia who was little more than a welterweight for the 160lb title. There wasn’t any bullsh*t junior and super divisions around that are separated by less than a 5lb bag of sugar. I think Armstrong never weighed more than a 142lbs in his whole career,  and was under the lightweight limit when he took the welterweight title if I am not mistaken. And lets not forget at the time there was only one “world champion” per division. Talk about bulldookie and hyperbole. In reality there hasn’t been a TRUE 3 division world champion since Armstrong.

  4. Your Name 12:33pm, 09/05/2019

    Koolze wtf

  5. Koolz 12:25pm, 09/05/2019

    Would love him and Campbell to fight that would be a fight! 

    Loma isn’t ever going past 135.  But would Lomachenko Legend go down to 126?

    That path of Dorian full of Ionic Sphere Heaters the new great technology of weather wars.

  6. They Call Me Fredo 08:37am, 09/05/2019

    Pacquiao deserves the luxury of fighting the “smaller” man for a change. God only knows that Manny has fought guys much bigger than himself and as stated, Loma and Manny are basically the same size give or take a pound or an inch.  IF boxing were run the way it should be run,  a Pac vs. Loma fight would be a possibility and it definitely would be in demand, but alas, boxing is run by a bunch of lowlifes just like Washington, D.C., Hellywood, Wall Street, London, etc., etc.  Hell, this fight would have already taken place IF boxing were run the way it should be run.  I have seen where Loma has made the RIDICULOUS DEMAND for Pac to drain himself down to 135lbs which is insane at this point and time.

  7. Thrashem 06:31am, 09/05/2019

    I’d like to see that fight, but it seems there might be a welterweight tournament afoot??? If Pacman survives that , he will retire.
    Pacman will KO Loma. No mercy in that one!

  8. They Call Me Fredo 05:52am, 09/05/2019

    Pacquiao vs Lomachenko at 140lbs? Pacquiao should have no problem making 140lbs since that is actually close to or is in fact the weight he walks around at between fights. Lomachenko and Manny are in fact about the same size with the exception of their lower bodies. Pacquiao appears to be aging like fine wine, but is he to old for a fighter like Loma? This is the fight I would push for Loma right now. This fight would be massive and draw huge numbers. Despite the age of Pacman, I still give Manny a helluva chance at 140lbs against Loma.

  9. Thrashem 04:18pm, 09/04/2019

    If Tank stays out of jail he will be great.
    I agree with Fredo, Davis is not ready for Loma, yet. He is 24 and needs too grow fighting the right challengers. Duran fought 7 times before stepping up to challenge for welterweight title by fighting exe-champs and well ranked opposition. If Davis is well managed he will beat Loma in a couple years. Not now! Gervonta is thee one warrior, with the talent whose movement is unpredictable which will confuse Loma. I’ve been waiting for him to mature and his time will come.
    Look what happened to Fernando Vargas when he fought De la Hoya. Too much, too fast, destroyed this chance of being great. I don’t want to see this happen to Tank.

  10. They Call Me Fredo 05:38am, 09/04/2019

    Good fighter. Baltimore needs something to root for, damn shame what has happened to that once great city. Mr Davis isn’t ready for someone like Lomachenko right now, but then again, who is.