Gervonta “Tank” Davis is going into the most high-profile fight of his boxing career when he takes on fellow undefeated lightweight star Ryan Garcia. The two will collide on April 22 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Davis has had his share of thrilling performances leading to the big showdown with “KingRy.” While many believe “Tank” hasn’t even reached his full potential, he already has a slew of scintillating career highlights.
Let’s take a look at some of Davis’ handy work.
Gervonta Davis vs. Jose Pedraza (January 14, 2017) – IBF Super-Featherweight Championship
“Tank’s” first world title fight occurred in the 17th bout of his pro boxing career. He took on Jose Pedraza, who was the IBF super-featherweight champion and was also undefeated. At the time, many wondered how “Tank” would fare against stiffer competition. Pedraza even opened as a decent betting favorite before late money had Davis as the favorite. Ultimately, Davis’ punching power proved to be too much for Pedraza, flooring him in the seventh round with a right hook, which sealed the deal for a seventh-round TKO win.
Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz (October 31, 2020) – WBA Super-Featherweight & WBA (Regular) Lightweight Titles
“Tank” continued to build his resume after the victory over Pedraza, even capturing the WBA (Regular) lightweight championship via 12th-round TKO over Yuriorkis Gamboa in late 2019. Despite dominating the fight, the performance wasn’t exactly met with high praise given that by this point, the general consensus was that Gamboa was a shell of his former self and Davis should’ve gotten the finish far sooner. Davis reminded fans of his punching power with a beautiful counter uppercut that shut the lights off Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round. This was the first time Cruz had been knocked out in his career.
Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero (May 28, 2022) – WBA (Regular) Lightweight Championship
There was plenty of trash talk going into last year’s showdown between Davis and Rolando “Rolly” Romero. When it came time for fight night, the action didn’t disappoint. Romero had some success the first two rounds, but “Tank” was simply taking his time reading his opponent. It certainly paid off in the sixth round when he dropped Romero with a clean left hand. “Rolly” got back up to his feet, but he was on wobbly legs and the fight was stopped.