By Tré Berry III🖊️
A world level pro boxing card being held in Atlanta is very much a rarity, but 2 Lightweights will take center stage at State Farm Arena as undefeated former 2 time Junior-Lightweight World Titlist 🇺🇸Gervonta “Tank” Davis (22-0-0, 21KO👊) will make his introduction to the weight division by facing off against 2004 Olympic Gold-Medalist and former unified Featherweight World Titlist 🥇🇨🇺Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2-0, 18KO👊) of Guantanamo, Cuba.
While both have been explosive, the first thing that immediately stands out is the difference in age. With Tank being 25 years of age and Gamboa at the advanced age of 38, they are at 2 different stages in their career where Tank is starting to scratch at his prime years, while Gamboa is approaching his twilight of his career. While that may be the case, Yuriorkis (nicknamed “El Ciclon de Guantanamo”, which translates to “The Cyclone of Guantanamo”) even at this stage has still maintained much of his speed to pair with his heavy fists, and since his lost to 🇲🇽Robinson Castellanos 2 years ago, he honed up a few areas of shortcomings with his fundamentals to put together a decent run. He is also coming into this contest motivated by dedicating this fight to a former 🗣️Head-Trainer of his in Cuba, that being 1976 Olympic Gold-Medalist 🥇🇨🇺Jorge Hernandez, who passed away earlier in December of 2019. With that being an uplifting backer to Gamboa’s upcoming efforts, this fight may turn out to be a pleasant surprise to viewers in his attempts to dial back the clock against a dangerous physically imposing boxer such as Gervonta Davis.
Pundits for the last couple years were playing the waiting game seeing when Gervonta would finally make the move up to the Lightweight division, with his troubles in making weight, him ballooning up to around 172 lbs. between fights, and his overall build that looks the part of a Junior-Welterweight at times (albeit a short one). He won both the IBF and WBA Junior-Lightweight belts at different times during his time at the weight class. Although he has looked spectacular on a singular note, it has been frustrating to see possible big fights involving him in the division fall to the wayside, match-ups such as IBF Super-Featherweight Titlist 🇺🇸Tevin Farmer & WBC Super-Featherweight Titlist 🇲🇽Miguel Berchelt. A secondary WBA Lightweight belt will be on the line for his fight against Gamboa, and the winner there will by proxy be in line to face the winner of 👑♛🥇🥇🇺🇦Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. 🇭🇳🇺🇸Teofimo Lopez as a WBA Lightweight consolidator match of sorts. Davis would like nothing better than to put up a dominant showing to remind fans of what he is capable of doing, but he shouldn’t fall asleep during this match-up, this could be one of those trap fights if he isn’t mentally dialed in. This fight will be live on Showtime Boxing on Saturday, December 28th as their last headliner of the year.