WBA (Super) Super Featherweight Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (21-0, 20KOs) will be making a mandatory title defense against Ricardo “El Cientifico” Nunez (21-2 19KOs) on Saturday, July 27 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. It will be only the second time in Davis’ career that fights in his hometown of Baltimore.
Gervonta Davis has been steamrolling through his opponents thus far in his career. This is Davis’ second defense of his WBA (Super) Featherweight title, which he won last year after stopping Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (29-3, 22KOs) in the third round. The star of Mayweather Promotions has made short work of most of his opponents, and we haven’t really seen him challenged yet. He hasn’t had a really opponent since the beginning of 2017 when he fought Jose Pedraza, who at the time was undefeated at 22-0. In February he knocked out Hugo Ruiz in the first round of their scheduled twelve round fight.
Is Davis that talented? Or has he not met a real challenge yet? There’s no doubt that Davis is extremely talented. He’s quick, has good technical skills and has tremendous one punch knockout power. He is definitely a young man to be feared in the 130lb division. He still has much to prove, but he’s only 24 years old and one would assume that he will only get better with more experience. Leonard Ellerbe himself said that they are building a superstar, and that Davis will be boxing’s biggest superstar in a couple of years. That has yet to be seen, but at the rate he is going, it looks very possible.
This is the first major world title fight for Ricardo Nunez. He has never fought in a twelve-round fight. His last fight was scheduled for 8 rounds versus a guy who had a losing record. That boxer was Eduardo Pacheco, who’s current record stands at (22-32-3, 18KOs) and he’s been knocked out 19 times in his 32 losses. Nunez knocked him out in the first round. This does not seem like someone who belongs in the ring with a rising star like Davis, but here we are. Boxing fans might not be happy, but Davis has no choice in the matter, as it’s a mandatory fight.
Tank Davis is going to make quick work of this opponent and send him packing in the early rounds. It’s hard to fathom this ending any other way. Nunez has never fought anyone remotely close to Davis’ caliber and Nunez will be just another body scattered on Davis’ road to greatness.
My Prediction: Davis early-round KO/TKO
The fight will be shown on Showtime, with the main card beginning at 9PM ET. The undercard will begin at 6:30PM ET. The undercard has some decent fights on it and it’s worth watching.
One interesting rumor that has been floating around is that Unified Lightweight Champ Vasiliy Lomachenko (13-1, 10KOs) recently stated that he would move down to the super featherweight division to challenge WBA (Super) Super Featherweight Champion Gervonta Davis. He would make this move after his upcoming WBC title fight against Luke Campbell (20-2, 16KOs), which he is heavily favored to win. A fight against Davis is a fight that boxing fans have wanted for quite a while. If it gets made, it would surely be a treat, as super fights these days are rare.