WBA lightweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis recently went live on social media with WBA president Gilberto Mendoza to speak on a variety of topics.
Davis has been the subject of criticism for missing weight and other incidents outside of the ring in his young career.
The 25-year-old believes that because of that criticism, people don't always give him the credit he deserves. He told Mendoza that he is using the negative comments to motivate himself to improve his craft.
“There are a lot of people who underestimate me. That gives me a lot of fire to train harder. I used to do camp for like 8 weeks but I would say now I will do camp for a good 3 months,” said Davis.
Except for a brief hiatus when he worked with Kevin Cunningham, the two-division champion has been trained most of his life by Calvin Ford. Davis explained to Mendoza that they have much more than just a trainer-fighter relationship, saying that they care about each other as people first and foremost.
“Of course. I feel like my coach is a father figure. He actually built what I have inside of me. He’s a great guy. It’s not only me who he has helped. He probably has over 20 fighters he is still working with. He loves the sport. He loves his kids. He loves helping them so that they can help themselves,” Davis stated.
Davis is expected to return to action at some point in the summer against four-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in a pay-per-view showdown.
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