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Who is next for Gervonta Davis after beating Mario Barrios?
June 28, 2021
If Gervonta Davis just isn’t a bonafide star already, he’s definitely heading in that path having made one other assertion of intent on Saturday evening.
Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) offered the solutions that many had posed on whether or not his energy could be as efficient at the next weight class by stopping Mario Barrios in 11 rounds in entrance of an engrossed crowd on the State Farm Area, Atlanta to change into WBA ‘Common’ Tremendous Light-weight world champion.
Following a sluggish begin, the 26-year-old exploded through the eighth spherical, dropping Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs) twice who was capable of climate the storm and combat again till the eleventh spherical.
Davis’ promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr warned his protégé on the finish of the ninth spherical that he was trailing on SHOWTIME’s unofficial scorecard, prompting an aggressive ‘Tank’ to seek for the end, which duly got here two rounds later.
The Baltimore native celebrated in fashion backflipping off the ropes, as he grew to become the ninth man to carry world titles at 130lbs, 135lbs and 140lbs, becoming a member of an acclaimed record which incorporates Julio Cesar Chavez, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and his personal promoter.
Davis wasn’t drawn on who may very well be subsequent for him, with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe confirming that he would combat earlier than the top of the yr.
Nevertheless, Mayweather insisted that Tank wouldn’t be crossing the road and can combat somebody within the Premier Boxing Champions or Mayweather Promotions steady, ruling out highly-anticipated conferences with the likes of Vasiliy Lomachenko (Prime Rank), Ryan Garcia (Golden Boy) and Teofimo Lopez (Prime Rank).
A showdown with undisputed Tremendous Light-weight king, Josh Taylor was unlikely beforehand with the Scot heading in the right direction for a compulsory defence in opposition to Jack Catterall, however is now out of the image with the 28-year-old signed with Prime Rank, while Devin Haney is reportedly engaged on a brand new take care of Matchroom Boxing, after the expiration of his contract following his win over Jorge Linares.
“Our factor is that this, we work smarter, not tougher,” Mayweather stated post-fight.
“So we maintain all the things in-house, Mayweather Promotions, PBC, we’re all one household.
“We’re not going to go nowhere and make one other firm nice. So we bought loads of fighters at 140, 135, 130, and we’ll proceed to combat the fighters we bought to combat.”
So who might Gervonta Davis combat with Mayweather vowing to maintain his subsequent combat ‘in-house’?
If Davis determined to remain at 140lbs, then Regis Prograis seems one among two viable choices.
A former WBA ‘Tremendous’ Gentle Welterweight champion with only one defeat to Taylor, Prograis (26-1, 22 KOs) has spoken of his want to win one other world title at 140lbs earlier than probably shifting as much as Welterweight.
The pair traded phrases on social media earlier this yr and the 32-year-old warned his compatriot in a video posted on Twitter after his win over Barrios that he would win by knockout in the event that they ever met.
“So don’t you ever f****** say my identify ever once more, as a result of I assure I’ll smash you.
“And I assure you, Floyd and Leonard Ellerbe and none of them n***** ain’t going to allow you to near me.
“So, don’t say my identify ever once more, as a result of I’ll f****** knock you out little boy.”
Ellerbe beforehand stated that his cost is worked up by the prospect of going through the New Orleans man, while claiming that Mayweather is “ecstatic” in regards to the risk.
Prograis, who beat Ivan Redkach in April, just isn’t signed to a promoter, however did signal a one-fight take care of PBC when he stopped Juan Heraldez on the undercard of Tank’s victory over Leo Santa Cruz in October.
Combating Davis would give him the chance to assert a world title at 140lbs, while giving Tank the possibility to additional improve his popularity with a victory over an elite Tremendous Light-weight, though Prograis can be a showdown with Mikey Garcia final week.
Ought to Davis determine to look elsewhere at 140lbs, then Mikey Garcia would even be credible opposition.
Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) has achieved nearly all of it within the sport having held world titles in 4 weight lessons and challenged unified Welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr albeit dropping by choice.
The 33-year-old remained at 147lbs, beating Jesse Vargas in his final outing in February 2020 and has not fought at Tremendous Light-weight since a factors win over Sergey Lipinets in 2018.
At his finest, Garcia is a handful and while a gathering with Prograis could be a possible barnburner, there could be definitely no complaints if he faces Tank.
Garcia just isn’t presently tied to a promotional firm, due to this fact the prospect of it seems extra believable.
Ought to Tank determine to drop all the way down to Light-weight for under the second time in profession then a conflict with Rolando Romero may very well be another.
Romero (13-0, 11 KOs) is the primary ranked contender with the WBA, with Davis holding the WBA ‘Common’ crown which he received with a twelfth spherical TKO over Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2019 and like Prograis has beforehand spoken of a future combat with him.
‘Rollies’ has constructed an unbeaten 13-fight file, with 11 knockouts and can defend his WBA interim crown in opposition to Austin Dulay on the undercard of the undisputed Tremendous Welterweight title conflict between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano on July 17 in Texas.
A combat seems comparatively easy to make, with the 25-year-old additionally signed to Mayweather Promotions and may be a combat referred to as for by the WBA, given his rating.
Romero has not fought anybody of Tank’s stage and could be making a marked step-up in school ought to he face him, though it might be an explosive match-up on paper, pitting collectively two heavy hitters.
Tank has spent nearly all of his profession at 130lbs and will look to defend his WBA ‘Tremendous’ title in opposition to rising star Chris Colbert.
Potential unifications with Jamel Herring and Oscar Valdez seem virtually non-starters with each tied to Prime Rank and thus Colbert (15-0, 6 KOs), who’s aligned with PBC might obtain his alternative.
‘Prime Time’ is undefeated in his first 15 skilled fights, displaying velocity, slickness and ring IQ all through his profession so far.
While his file suggests he isn’t a puncher with simply six knockouts on his slate, the 24-year-old seems to hold misleading energy and can defends his WBA interim belt in opposition to former world title challenger, Tugstsogt Nyambayar on July 3.
Like Romero, Colbert is missing the expertise on the highest stage and will surely be the underdog heading right into a bout with Davis.