Gervonta Davis: I'm The Cash Cow In The 130-Pound Division!

By Jake Donovan

Gervonta Davis takes it as a compliment that his name remains on the mind and tongue of just about everyone else in the super featherweight division.

The unbeaten southpaw remains a daily target among the division’s best, whereas he prefers to simply focus on the task at hand rather than waste energy on fights that may or may not happen down the road.

For now, that means all of his time and attention focused on Panama’s Ricardo Nuñez (21-2, 19KOs). More so than serving as a mandatory title defense, the July 27 bout is a homecoming for Davis who headlines at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md.’

“This is my mandatory. Every (champion) has mandatories,” Davis (21-0, 20KOs) notes of his upcoming Showtime headliner. “There’s a lot of good fighters out there from 126 to 130 to 135 (pounds). My team is waiting on the right time, and meanwhile we’re just fighting the guys they put in front of me.”

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The bout is the second of the year for Davis, following a slow stretch where he had just one fight in nearly 18 months. His lone fight of 2018 was a title-winning effort, knocking out Jesus Cuellar to begin a second tour as a super featherweight titlist after having left his first belt at the scale due to missing weight in an Aug. 2017 knockout of Francisco Fonseca.

His first fight of 2019 was to come versus former three-division titlist Abner Mares. The planned February clash tracked tremendously well at the box-office until Mares withdrew less than two weeks before fight night due to a detached retina.

Davis was left to face former 122-pound titlist Hugo Ruiz, whom moved up to featherweight for a Jan. 19th bout and took the fight on short notice. It proved to be a mismatch, with Davis scoring a 1st round knockout in front of a crowd of more than 8,000.

Now comes his long overdue homecoming, which marks the first time in more than 80 years where a Baltimore-bred boxer defends his title at home. The response has been favorable, as Davis headlines on Showtime for the second straight time while making his 7th overall network appearance.

With a win, the plan is to get him back in the ring for a third fight in 2019. Against whom remains to be seen, although he likely won’t have any shortage of willing takers.

“I’m really like the cash cow in the (130-pound) division,” notes Davis of the other titlists calling his name far more aggressively than each other. “I believe it’s a big risk (for opponents) but it’s a big payday when you fight me.

“So that’s why they’re calling me out. It’s a big risk to fight me but it’s a big reward.”

 Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by boxing90 on 08-13-2019

[QUOTE=HitmanTommy;19905011]Bottom line, he's only 25. People in here acting like he's 30.[/QUOTE] Im just glad were gonna see him and Farmer hopefully... think it's a good idea that mayweather is saying PPV?

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=BoxingIsGreat;19906745]I know you really wanna see the Farmer fight, bro, but it isn't happening at 130. Maybe later at 135, if Farmer is still standing.[/QUOTE]Until Farmer signs a new deal with DAZN, I'm gonna "keep hope alive!" LSC vs. GRJ…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19906394]Hopefully it's Farmer or GRJ next! However, just as an example, do you see any outrage at Berchelt for not moving up to 135 for Lomachenko? They have the same promotions and the same network! Nobody is bothered by that!…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=BLASTER1;19906401]How do you see a Hanney/Davis fight going? Both are young by this generations standards and Davis is a champion while Devon being the contender. This is the fight I most want to see.[/QUOTE] Good question. Haney is still coming…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19906388]If tank is scared of a challenge, then he should have stayed in the Am’s until he has the experience he feels he needs. Instead he’s boiling himself down to fight people below his natural weight class, and he’s calling…

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