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Gervonta Davis next fight could come in June 2021, hand injury appears to be fine

“Tank” looks like he’ll be back early in the summer. Who might he fight?

Gervonta Davis v Ricardo Nunez Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis, who currently holds titles at 130 and 135 pounds, has indicated both that his recent hand injury from sparring is a non-issue, and that he’s looking at a June return.

On Twitter, he posted X-rays of the hands:

And on Instagram, a quick “June” post:

Davis (24-0, 23 KO) has the WBA’s secondary “world” (regular) title at 135 pounds, and the “super world” title at 130, winning the latter when he knocked out Leo Santa Cruz last October.

There had been talk of him fighting Ryan Garcia, but that has cooled considerably, which frankly probably isn’t a surprise to many boxing fans. If it’s not Garcia or one of the other top young lightweights — titlists Teofimo Lopez or Devin Haney — Davis will, of course, have other options. Probably none as exciting, but other options.

For what it’s worth, the WBA’s top 10 contenders at junior lightweight are Chris Colbert, Xavier Martinez, Rene Alvarado, Abraham Nova, Kenichi Ogawa, Andrew Cancio, Pablo Vicente, Claudio Marrero, Anthony Cacace, and Jaime Arboleda. The most intriguing fight there is Colbert, and that could be a doable fight.

The WBA’s top 10 contenders at lightweight are Rolando Romero (interim champ), Vasiliy Lomachenko, Jorge Linares, Isaac Gonzalez (who is fighting March 13), Robert Easter Jr (supposedly fighting Feb. 20), Jackson Marinez (fighting Feb. 13), James Tennyson, Oliver Flores, Josh O’Reilly (which is an absurd ranking), and Michel Rivera.

If I had to put odds on any of these fighters being Davis’ next opponent, it gets tough, because he probably wants to fight on pay-per-view, and there’s not a single pay-per-view caliber opponent there besides Lomachenko, who is with Top Rank.

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