Gervonta Davis retains world title after coming into ring as Michael Jackson

Gervonta Davis retains world title after coming into ring as Michael Jackson

Published: May 20, 2017

Davis almost lost his IBF world title at the weigh scale for this bout

Photo: Mark Robinson / SHOWTIME

Photo: Mark Robinson / SHOWTIME

By Danny Z | Senior Writer


LONDON - With the former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather looking on from ringside, Gervonta Davis became victorious in TKO fashion, by beating hometown favorite, Liam Walsh, from the Copper Box Arena.

It only took three rounds from the opening bell for Davis, who came into the ring dressed as the late Michael Jackson, to send Walsh to the canvas. Walsh, who is from Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom, found some openings to get the crowd to its feet, but wasn't able to capitalize on short-lived momentum. This was the first time the 22-year-old Davis went across the pond to fight in his professional career. Walsh (21-1, 14 KOs) has never been outside of his home country in regards to fighting professionally, and it could have made sense that he travel to the United States as he was the one challenging for the word title. However, having Davis fight in London, where the boxing scene is as popular as could be, is logical for his exposure. 

As encouraging as it was for Davis to achieve the initial defense of his newly attained world title, he had some tense moments at the previous day's weigh-in. The fighter nicknamed "Tank" found himself stepping on the scale multiple times before officially making the mark of 130 pounds. Davis revealed that earlier in the morning he had weighed himself without any issue, but once he found himself on the official scale, it was different. 

“When I missed weight, I actually woke up that morning, weighed myself in the shower — I was 130. When I got to the scale I was 132. So, I was a little frustrated because I knew — I was confident I was on weight. But, that setback just matured me, and come in prepared and stay professional because I got a lot of people that’s watching me.”
— Gervonta Davis

At only 22, Davis is currently the youngest fighter to hold a world title. Nevertheless, the competitiveness of this super featherweight division will surely have Davis work hard to earn and keep that IBF title. With names such as WBC world title holder, Miguel Berchelt, rugged veteran Orlando Salido, and the WBO world featherweight title holder, Vasyl Lomachenko, Davis has more than enough opposition to keep him and his promoter, Mayweather Promotions, busy for an extended period of time. 

“We just want to take one fight at a time. There’s no rush. He’s still young, he has a lot of fight left in him, so we just want to take one fight at a time and see where we go from here.”
— Floyd Mayweather

(Feature photo: SHOWTIME)

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