By Victor Salazar
Brooklyn - Two impressive displays were shown in separate bouts on Saturday night’s card in Brooklyn.
To open up the Showtime card, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (20-0, 19 KO’s) dropped Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KO’s) three times en route to securing a third round technical knockout
Not to be outdone in the next bout, Middleweight Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KO’s), knocked out Hugo Centeno (26-2, 14 KO’s), with a great left hook that had the 13,964 fans in attendance on their feet. With that victory, Charlo becomes the mandatory for the WBC middleweight title which currently is held by Triple G, Gennady Golovkin.
Showtime commentator Paulie Malignaggi feels Charlo can definitely hang in there with what many consider to be one of the best fighters in the sport, if not the best fighter in the sport.
“Another statement knock out by Jermall Charlo,” Malignaggi told BoxingScene.com “Charlo’s are strong fighters but there’s obviously a lot of skill there too. I think it’s a good fight. Charlo and anyone’s a good fight. Golovkin versus anyone is a good fight. GGG is 36 and he’s not a spring chicken but he’s still elite.”
Davis has been linked to fight with another one of the sport’s best Vasyl Lomachenko. His promoter Floyd Mayweather told the world on Showtime’s telecast of Lara-Hurd that he had spoken to Lomachenko’s promoter, Top Rank Inc. to make a possible fight between Lomachenko and Davis.
After Davis’ victory over Cuellar, Davis said a fight between Lomachenko and himself would only happen if it was on pay-per-view. Malignaggi feels Davis has the skill set to give anyone a problem including Lomachenko.
“If “Tank” stays focus, you see what he can do with punch selection. He has a mean streak and he has punching power. He’s real creative and solid defense. If this guy can keep his head together he can give anyone including Lomachenko, a good fight.”