Gervonta Davis(22-0, 21 KOs) makes his debut at 135 pounds when battles Yuriorkis Gamboa(30-2, 18 KOs) on December 28 in Atlanta. For Davis, this fight is an opportunity to establish himself in a new weight class against an opponent who has decent power.
Back in 2014, Gamboa gave then lightweight belt holder and current WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford a lot of trouble, and he had Crawford hurt in that fight. However, Gamboa would eventually get stopped in the ninth round.
As he prepares for his battle with Gamboa, Davis watched Gamboa’s fight against Crawford, and he plans on using what he saw to his advantage.
“When I watched the Crawford vs. Gamboa fight, that’s the fight I actually keep watching,” Davis recently said on a conference call. “Gamboa was touching him up in the beginning of rounds because Crawford was too wide. So, I took that and tried to not be wide, like throwing a lot of round punches.
“But the explosiveness was there, and he was actually right-handed when Gamboa was touching him up. So once he turned southpaw, then that was a different story. I was learning from his mistakes, just not be wide.
“But I’m always going to be me in the ring and do what Gervonta Davis does. That’s, be explosive, be fast, and if we go 12 rounds, I’m definitely here for it. But I don’t see this fight going 12 rounds.”
According to Davis, if he stops Gamboa before Crawford did, he believes that he needs to be talked about as one of the best fighters in the world.
“If I do, it would tell that, I’m top five, pound-for-pound, for sure,” Davis said.
I don’t think this fight changes anything in terms of Davis being one of the pound-for-pound best in the sport. Gamboa has some ability, but he is not an upper-echelon fighter. While beating Gamboa is a good win for Davis, it does not change anything in terms of his standing in the sport of boxing. This is a fight he is supposed to win.
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