Good, bad, worse: Gervonta Davis overcomes adversity, Vasiliy Lomachenko is back


A essential take a look at the previous week in boxing


Gervonta Davis didn’t simply ship one other memorable knockout on Saturday in Atlanta. He overcame adversity to do it, which made it extra compelling.

All of us knew that Davis made a daring transfer by leaping up two weight lessons to combat succesful Mario Barrios at State Farm Area. Regardless of that, not many anticipated Barrios to push Davis as onerous as he did earlier than the combat led to Spherical 11.

Barrios used his top, attain, capability and willpower to frustrate Davis a lot of the combat. Even after Barrios went down twice in Spherical 8, he had a powerful Spherical 9 and the combat nonetheless appeared to be within the steadiness.

Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) was in a tricky spot, which is why Floyd Mayweather, his promoter, gave him a pep speak between rounds late within the combat.

Ultimately, Davis met the problem along with his not-so-secret weapon, his punching energy. The southpaw basically ended the combat with a left uppercut to the physique that put Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs) down in Spherical 11. Barrios, badly harm, acquired up, took yet another shot in opposition to the ropes and the combat was stopped.

Dramatic combat, dramatic ending.

Davis confirmed us what he usually does, his punch accuracy, his defensive abilities and his energy, amongst different issues. He added psychological toughness to the combo out of necessity, which makes him a extra full fighter than we’d’ve realized.

Which may not be excellent news for these between 130 and 140 kilos.

“He has the potential to be one of many biggest ever,” Mayweather mentioned. “After I first met ‘Tank,’ when he was 14 or 15 years outdated, I advised him I’d make him a world champion and that you just’ll be top-of-the-line sometime. I’m pleased with him.”



The one factor “unhealthy” about Vasiliy Lomachenko lately is that many appeared to have written him off after his unanimous-decision loss to Teofimo Lopez in October.

Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) was unusually inactive within the first half of that combat however rallied to make it aggressive, though he misplaced by a large margin. Afterward, he mentioned he entered the combat with a right-shoulder damage that affected his efficiency.

I don’t normally purchase into excuses however I don’t consider he was mendacity, notably in gentle of the very fact he had surgical procedure shortly afterward.

Nonetheless, the No. 1 fighter on this planet in line with some shops – together with Boxing Junkie – was mentioned to be in decline at solely 32 years outdated (now 33). Abruptly, individuals have been speaking about lightweights Lopez, Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney, not Lomachenko.

Properly, Lomachenko demonstrated in opposition to Masayoshi Nakatani on Saturday that he’s removed from completed. He outclassed his Japanese opponent, broke him down and stopped him within the ninth spherical.

OK, Nakatani (19-2, 13 KOs) isn’t a top-tier fighter, which limits our capability to learn into Lomachenko’s efficiency. That mentioned, he’s an enormous, sturdy light-weight who had knocked out Felix Verdejo in his earlier combat. And he went the space with Lopez final 12 months.

Nakatani is an effective fighter. And Lomachenko, trying very similar to the boxing wizard he has all the time been, made him look silly for eight-plus rounds.

I hope he will get a rematch with Lopez. Who would win? I’d decide Lomachenko.



Erickson Lubin stopped Jeison Rosario in six rounds. Amanda Westcott / Showtime

Jeison Rosario is a residing instance of how success in boxing could be fleeting.

The hard-punching Dominican burst onto the world scene by stopping Julian Williams in 5 rounds to win two junior middleweight titles in January of final 12 months. He was an in a single day sensation, one which figured to evolve into a real star.

Then all the pieces went south.

Jermell Charlo knocked him out in eight rounds to unify three titles final September. And on the Davis-Barrios card Saturday Erickson Lubin took him out in six because of physique blows, giving Rosario back-to-back losses and an unsure future.

Rosario (20-3-1, 14 KOs) most likely made a mistake by leaping right into a troublesome combat instantly after the devastating setback in opposition to Charlo. Lubin, a first-round knockout sufferer of Charlo in 2017, acquired it proper. He eased again into elite competitors, a method that culminated in his victory on Saturday.

The injury is completed, although. Is Rosario, solely 26, a one-hit marvel who will fade into historical past? Or will he one way or the other overcome his back-to-back disasters and turn out to be an elite fighter once more?

The previous appears extra probably. Rosario is an effective boxer who can harm anybody, as he demonstrated in opposition to Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs). Nonetheless, he appears to have a obvious weak spot: the flexibility to take physique pictures. Charlo additionally stopped him with a punch to the intestine.

Backside line: Rosario and his crew have lots of work to do if he hopes to turn out to be a significant participant once more.

Lubin? Kudos to him. He demonstrated what he was made from by overcoming his setback in opposition to Charlo to succeed in the head of his division. He would appear to be first in line to problem the winner of the Charlo-Brian Castano on July 17.

I’m wondering about his chin, notably after he appeared to be rocked by a jab on Saturday, however his total sport is formidable. He might beat anybody at his finest.



Barrios deserves respect after his efficiency on Saturday. All three judges one way or the other had Davis nicely forward on the scorecards after 10 rounds – 97-91 (seven rounds to a few), 96-92 and 96-92 – however I had it 94-94 and Davis admitted afterward that he thought he was shedding late within the combat. The truth is, Barrios, a big underdog regardless of no matter measurement benefit he would possibly’ve had, fought one the sports activities’ most-gifted stars on roughly even phrases. And when issues acquired dicey for him starting in Spherical 8, when he went down twice, he demonstrated the type of braveness and resilience followers love. He actually didn’t need to give up ultimately. “After all I wished to proceed. I acquired up for a motive,” Barrios mentioned. “I advised all people that I used to be going to indicate the Azteca Warrior that I’m.” I believe Barrios’ inventory improved in a shedding trigger. … The Davis-Barrios combat was uncommon in a single sense: It was thrilling despite the fact that the principals mixed to throw solely 690 punches, 57.5 per spherical. Davis’ early frustration, the knockdowns, Barrios’ resilience and the ultimate stoppage added as much as one of many higher fights of the 12 months. …

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