Is Gervonta Davis Ducking The Best?

November 15, 2023
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Gervonta Davis is arguably one of the most recognisable boxers around, as we take a look at his career highlights in in today’s boxing news. 

The lightweight is currently undefeated with a record of 29 wins, with 27 coming by way of knockout. And yet, the perception around Davis is that he has not achieved the highest levels that he could have based on his current resume. 

Tank secured his first world championship title in 2017 against Jose Pedraza. During the course of that process, Davis stopped his opponent in the seventh round to become the IBF super featherweight champion.

And the success continued to rumble on from there. A second world title at super featherweight with the WBA belt followed with a third-round stoppage of Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar after he dropped the boxer twice. 

Mayweather On Davis

“He has the potential to be one of the greatest ever. When I first met ‘Tank’ when he was 14 or 15 years old, I told him I’d make him a world champion. And that you’ll be one of the best someday. I’m proud of him,” Floyd Mayweather said 

But undoubtedly, when it came to the world title accomplishments, Davis’ biggest win came against Leo Santa Cruz in 2020. The fight was the first time that Davis had boxed on PPV.

And given that there was a huge expectation on Davis, the boxer could have been forgiven for being overwhelmed. And yet, his performance showed anything but that. Davis stopped the four-division world champion with a brutal left uppercut in the sixth round.  

Despite this being the case, Davis’ level of opposition has been questioned. Fight against Isaac Cruz and Rolando Romero have not resonated with the fanbase, given that neither fighter was a world champion.

However, that has been countered by wins over Hector Garcia (A champion at 130) and Ryan Garcia, arguably Davis’ biggest fight to date. 

And yet, the failure to fight Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez or Shakur Stevenson has left question marks over Davis’ resume. And that has been the perception coming from other fighters. 

“We all know that Tank isn’t gonna fight nobody. He doesn’t want to fight nobody. It’s been like that for a while now so the more realistic fight is Lomachenko,” Haney stated 

“If Teofimo goes to 140lbs and [Gervonta] Davis is going to be back at 135. There’s a pattern here. He’s avoiding me and he was avoiding Lomachenko. I get what’s happening. He’s going to be a three time interim champion at three different divisions. It’s cute. Everybody’s got a job to do. Devin Haney accomplished his – he can boast about it. Now it’s my turn, then it’s Tank Davis’ turn. I’m not dodging nobody,” Teofimo Lopez revealed 

Ultimately, until Davis fights the biggest name in the division, there will be question marks over his legacy moving forward. But one thing for sure is that Davis has the potential to go down as an all-time great.

And there is no getting away from that. So the question remains will Davis take on the biggest names? Time will tell. Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingblitz.