Gervonta Davis isn’t looking to rest on his laurels following his June 26 win over Mario Barrios, as “Tank” is already saying that he’ll be back in action in October.
Oct, I’m back— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) July 5, 2021
That or he’s addressing a person named “Oct” regarding an unrelated matter.
Davis (25-0, 24 KO) made his debut at 140 with the Barrios fight, and for as good a fight as it was and the fact that he put an emphatic stamp on it via 11th round stoppage, it seemed pretty clear that’s not his best weight.
There’s still talk from Floyd Mayweather that Davis can fight at 130 or 135; he has paper belts at 135 and 140 with the WBA, and is recognized as their true titleholder at 130. Mayweather has also openly stated that they have no intention of fighting anyone from outside the PBC brand, though Leonard Ellerbe seemed to want to walk that back by noting they’d had sincere negotiations for a bout with Ryan Garcia.
Garcia is also interested in fighting Davis still, and if Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy can work that out, it’s definitely a very big fight for two young stars at 135 lbs. There’s also the consideration that Davis is really not going to want to fight off-PPV now that he’s fought on PPV a couple times. He can probably bring in a set amount of buys alone — not a blockbuster number, but enough for people to be happy — but having an opponent that can really contribute would be ideal. Not sure how many PBC fighters between 130 and 140 can do that.
For PBC affiliated guys, at 130, you’d have Chris Colbert and Xavier Martinez, notably. Gary Russell Jr could vacate at 126 and move up. At 135, Rolando Romero and Isaac Cruz. At 140, there’s a Barrios rematch, Batyr Akhmedov, and the repulsive ideas of paying PPV prices to watch Rances Barthelemy or Robert Easter Jr.
Adrien Broner alleges he can still make 140 but probably won’t and I don’t think you want to play with that on a PPV show, and against an A-side who doesn’t really belong at 140 in the first place.
But we’ll see. Tank’s looking to get back quickly enough and get a second fight in for 2021, which is good to see. Opponent, division, will work out somehow.