Gervonta Davis didn’t waste any time responding to Terence Crawford’s criticism of his performance against Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Davis replied Monday night to Crawford’s critique on Twitter by comparing what he did during a 12th-round stoppage of Gamboa on Saturday night to how Crawford fared in beating Gamboa by ninth-round technical knockout 5½ years ago. Crawford floored Gamboa four times altogether, twice in the ninth round after Gamboa memorably buzzed Crawford with a right hand.
Crawford can’t understand why some fans have applauded Davis’ performance because Gamboa is 38 and already has been stopped twice – by him and underdog Robinson Castellanos.
“That same guy [Gamboa] touched you up in the first 4-5 rounds and you was the bigger guy and he hurt you,” Davis replied in a Tweet to Crawford. “I never lost not one [round]. He [barely] touched me and I moved up in weight!”
The 25-year-old Davis dropped Gamboa once apiece in the second, eighth and 12th rounds. Referee Jack Reiss waved an end to their fight with 1:43 left in it, as soon as Gamboa hit the canvas for the third time.
Davis was way ahead on the scorecards when their fight was stopped (109-98, 109-98, 109-97).
Davis’ detractors still have criticized the powerful southpaw for taking so long to finish off what was perceived as a faded fighter. The skillful, strong Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) took Davis beyond the ninth round for the first time in 23 professional fights.
Gamboa claims he tore his right Achilles’ tendon during the second round Saturday night.
“Tank fought a 38 outta prime fighter with a torn Achilles and [barely] KO him,” Crawford stated in the Tweet that drew Davis’ response. “Gamboa haven’t fought in a meaningful fight since me in 2014 and after that he got stopped by a guy with 12 losses and y’all making it seem like he do something spectacular.”
Castellanos’ record was 23-12 when he upset Gamboa by technical knockout following seven one-sided rounds in May 2017 in Las Vegas.
Before boxing Davis (23-0, 22 KOs), Gamboa had won each of his four fights following his surprising loss to Castellanos. Davis still was listed as a 20-1 favorite entering their fight for the WBA world lightweight title at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Gamboa got off to a strong start when he challenged Crawford for his WBO lightweight title in June 2014. Crawford adjusted to the then-unbeaten Gamboa’s movement and speed, though, and was comfortably ahead on the scorecards when their scheduled 12-round, 135-pound championship match was stopped (78-72, 78-72, 77-73).
A right hand by Gamboa made Crawford stumble in the ninth round. Crawford recovered quickly and responded by knocking down Gamboa twice before referee Genaro Rodriguez ended their fight with seven seconds to go in the ninth round.
Davis also noted Monday night that Crawford didn’t stop Jose Benavidez Jr. until the 12th round of their October 2018 bout in Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford’s hometown. Phoenix’s Benavidez (27-1, 18 KOs) was undefeated before Crawford beat him, but Benavidez was hindered by a limited right leg that was injured during a shooting in August 2016.
“It took Crawford 12 rounds to ko Benavidez,” Davis pointed out in a Tweet. “[He] was shot in the leg eight times & hasn’t been in the Ring for a year before the fight then and [Crawford’s] last fight he got worked by a guy who wasn’t even champion.”
In his most recent fight, Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) took some flush punches from previously unbeaten Egidius Kavaliauskas early in their scheduled 12-rounder for Crawford’s WBO welterweight title December 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Crawford convincingly won that bout by ninth-round technical knockout, after sending Lithuania’s Kavaliauskas (21-1-1, 17 KOs) to the canvas once in the seventh round and twice during the ninth round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.