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Gervonta Davis vacates WBA title, moves to 135

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Davis has regularly struggled to make the 130-pound limit

Gervonta Davis v Ricardo Nunez Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The WBA’s newly released rankings have revealed an interesting bit of information. “Super” super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis is no longer in their 130-pound rankings, instead occupying the #1 contender slot at 135 and seemingly confirming Mike Coppinger’s report that “Tank” vacated his belt.

So much for that Farmer unification.

The main draw of Davis (22-0, 21 KO) at lightweight is, of course, the potential for a blockbuster battle with unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. Step one, though, is probably just getting a fresh belt around his waist, which shouldn’t be too hard; while Lomachenko holds the WBA “super” title, the “regular” and “interim” slots are empty, and the highest-ranked contender behind Davis is Yuriorkis Gamboa. Seeing as the WBA abhors a vacuum, we can reasonably expect Davis-Gamboa in the near future.

Back at 130, the “super” champ slot remains empty. Andrew Cancio is the regular champion and Joseph Diaz Jr. the “gold” champion, so one of the two should presumably be fighting for it soon. Then again, knowing the WBA, they could just as easily slap the belt onto Billy Dib’s next fight or something.