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Davis vs Gamboa: Pros react to Gervonta Davis’ uneven debut at lightweight

The reactions from those in boxing have come in, and they’re not all impressed with Gervonta Davis after tonight.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Gervonta Davis’ debut at lightweight didn’t go exactly according to script. Again, we realize that’s an odd thing to say if you didn’t see the fight, considering Davis dropped Yuriorkis Gamboa three times en route to a 12th round stoppage, but there were some struggles, and those inside boxing saw them.

The 25-year-old Davis (23-0, 22 KO) had some issues with his stamina — not a huge shock after how bad he missed failing initially to make weight on Friday — and Gamboa (30-3, 18 KO) was able to hang on nearly the entire distance despite suspecting that he ruptured his Achilles tendon in his right leg on a second round knockdown.

There’s certainly still plenty of reason to suspect “Tank” Davis has a bright future, but there are new questions about him, particularly in a division where it seemed perhaps his power is not as shocking as it was at 130 pounds.

Here’s what some pros had to say on Twitter during and after the fight:

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