Standing just 5ft 5.5in tall, Gervonta Davis doesn’t cut the most intimidating figure, but her height couldn’t be more deceiving.
Davis has incredible power with a better knockout ratio than most of the top heavyweights in world boxing, including Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury.
Signed to Mayweather Promotions, Davis goes by the nickname “Tank”, which was coined by one of his amateur trainers due to his oversized head relative to his body.
Coincidentally, the moniker fits very well considering “Tank’s” powerful punching style, as he bulldozes through his opponents.
None more so than Leo Santa Cruz, whom Davis knocked out in stunning fashion in 2020.
It was a close fight for six rounds before Davis unleashed one of the most brutal uppercuts to ever grace a boxing ring that left Santa Cruz stunned and slumped against the ropes.
The shot even left normally unfazed UFC star Conor McGregor worried about Santa Cruz’s health, as he said, “My lord! What a vicious uppercut that was.
“Praying for the health and safety of Santa Cruz there. Young man “Tank” Davis has some serious venom in this backhand shot. Unbelievable!”
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Luckily, Santa Cruz recovered well, but he’s not the only opponent to face the wrath of Davis’ power, as he’s already used his knockout ability to get out of trouble.
When ‘Tank’ moved up to super lightweight last year to face Mario Barrios, it was hard to separate the two until the eighth round when Davis dropped his opponent twice.
Barrios recovered well and to Davis’ shock, at the end of the ninth round Mayweather Jr told ‘Tank’ he was down on the unofficial scoreboard.
This prompted Davis to start throwing bombs and halfway through the 11th round he had stopped Barrios.
On Saturday night, Davis returns to the lightweight division to defend his WBA “regular” title against Rolando Romero.
This is in line with Mayweather Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions policy that they only want ‘Tank’ to fight in-house talent, but after this matchup he will run out of options.
That being said, Davis would be out of contract after this fight, which could open him up to fights with some of the biggest names in the lightweight divisions, such as Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia.
The Sharks are already in circles, as Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has expressed interest in signing Davis, so Mayweather Promotions will have to move quickly if they are to retain their brightest star.
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