From the start of Floyd Mayweather’s boxing career, it was obvious that he was going to be special. In the end, he developed into the best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation.
As a promoter he has had less success. Badou Jack has gradually developed into one of the best super middleweight fighters on the planet, but he has been by far the cream of the Money Team’s crop.
But in super lightweight Gervonta Davis, Mayweather might finally have his star. If you are the sort of fan who is always on the lookout for the sport’s next big thing, Davis has to be on your radar.
Davis turned professional in February 2013, at just 18 years of age. To date, he is 17-0 with 16 KOs. Last January, he crushed previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza via Round 7 TKO, to capture the vacant IBF belt at 130 pounds.
That’s an alphabet-soup trinket, not a true world title. But the win has established Davis as a rising contender, and a damned exciting one at that. He is a compact, athletic fighter who lives up to his nickname “Tank.”
This weekend he will be in London, defending his belt against the undefeated Liam Walsh. It’s a gutsy move for a 22-year-old contender with Davis’ connections. Walsh is a skilled boxer with pop, 21-0 with 14 KOs. Last October he turned in an impressive performance against Andrey Klimov, winning all 12 rounds on two judges’ cards and 11 of 12 on the third. He dropped the tough Russian veteran in Round 7.
Davis is going on the road to fight Walsh. English fans support their fighters with passion. It says a lot about Davis’ confidence that he is willing to meet such a formidable opponent in his own country.
This is a fight where Davis should be able to take care of his business. But he will still deserve credit for getting a tough job done.