One of the sport’s most exciting young prospects returns to action Friday night in Hollywood, California, when undefeated lightweight Gervonta Davis faces journeyman Mario Marias Rorozco on undercard for Mickey Bey’s title defense against Rances Barthelemy.
At just 21 years of age, Gervonta Davis is already 15-0 with 14 Kos. To say he has been busy since turning professional is an understatement. He fought six times in 2013, three times in 2014 and five last year. So far in 2016, he’s already 1-0 with one KO, having stopped Guillermo Avila on April 1.
Davis is definitely still at the developing stage of his career, but he hasn’t exactly been feasting exclusively on cream puffs. Cristobal Cruz is very much on the downside of his career, but he’s also a former world champions with victories over fighters like Orlando Salido and Jorge Solis. Davis knocked him out in three rounds in October 2015. Luis Sanchez is a fringe contender with a victory over two-time title challenger Miguel Beltran. Davis knocked him out last December.
Gervonta Davis has all the ingredients of a potential superstar. His amateur background is outstanding. He was a National Gold Gloves champion in 2012. But despite that amateur pedigree, Davis has a style designed to electrify crowds. At 5’6″, he is compact and athletic and has hammering power.
Davis is also promoted by Floyd Mayweather and managed by Al Haymon, which means he should be able to get major fights when he’s ready for them.
That might still be a while off in the future. Davis is just 21 and has yet to face a true, prime contender. It would be premature to throw him into the deep water just yet. At the same time, I’d like to see him matched against another undefeated prospect later on this year. Joel Diaz Jr. would be a good choice. Alejandro Luna would be, as well.