By Tré Berry & Jon Uddin | 11/04/2020
Jon Uddin and Tré Berry looks to give in-depth analysis of the news surrounding the boxing world, including Deontay Wilder’s wildest claims, Naoya Inoue’s further exposure on a global scale, Gervonta Davis maturation process, and where he currently stands in the big picture.
GERVONTA DAVIS TIME TO SHINE AND TAKING THE BOXING WORLD BY STORM
TRÉ BERRY III – On Halloween, we as spectators were all treated to a plentiful supply of quality boxing, and virtually every contest went as advertised. First and foremost, I would like to ask you about 🇺🇸Gervonta “Tank” Davis, and his career elevating victory delivered by the uppercut heard from around the world that put warrior 🇲🇽Leo Santa Cruz to sleep.
That was one of the best knockouts of recent years, and what makes it stand out was not just the opponent who was the recipient of the punch, but Tank did it on the same day when arguably the hardest puncher P4P in boxing was fighting on another network (more on him later), with Gervonta’s KO superseding his. With his signature victory under Davis belt, where would you likely rank him in boxing’s pantheon?
JON UDDIN – No doubt that was a vicious knockout. It will be in the running for knockout of the year with Alexander Povetkin’s knockout over Dillian Whyte and Jose Zepeda’s over Ivan Baranchyk. After years of wondering if anything could hurt Santa Cruz, it was kind of eerie to see him crumbled in the corner like that.
As of right now, I’d rank Davis as the second best in the Super-Featherweight division behind 🇲🇽Miguel Berchelt. He’s not in the pound-for-pound top 10 yet, although I suspect many quickly placed him there after Saturday night. The P4P talent is there but the resume isn’t quite yet. With his speed, power and quickness, Davis has the potential to take over the 130 pound division, let’s just make sure we see the big fights needed to prove it happen so there is no debate.
THE MATURITY GAINING ON THE TALENT?
TRÉ BERRY III – Speaking of Tank Davis, as much as we watch, and marvel at his natural physical talent, I know we both equally spend time gauging his maturation process due to multiple infractions, and situations regarding a wide range of areas that were mishandled. In my personal view, I was very pleased to see his concern for his fallen comrade in LSC.
After his rightful celebratory jubilance, Gervonta looked on in concern, and was visibly relieved to see Leo Santa Cruz get up, including giving a shoutout to Leo’s father in the post-fight presser. At the age of 25, do you personally feel that Gervonta is starting to turn the corner in maturity, and understanding how important professionalism is to his overall portfolio?
JON UDDIN – I think so. I hope so. We’ll see. The concern for Santa Cruz says a lot and it was a relief to see him have it. One thing that was clear from that is the fact that Leo Santa Cruz appears to have a tremendous amount of respect from the entire boxing community, including his opponents in the ring.
Back to Davis.
As he gets more big fights we will get evidence of whether or not we are seeing him evolve into a more mature fighter that treats boxing as his profession. He garnered praise for making weight which isn’t exactly a good thing as you’d much rather people shrug as if they aren’t surprised you did what you were supposed to as a professional prize fighter. What he does between fights, avoiding trouble in his personal life and not ballooning in weight between bouts will tell the tale. I might have to see it a couple more times before I commit to the light bulb going off for him.
WELCOMING OF NAOYA INOUE’S PROFILE AND SKILLS TO THE WESTERN WORLD
TRÉ BERRY III – Now, of course for us and other hardcore spectators, Naoya “Monster” Inoue isn’t new, as he has left us a drove of everlasting moments in his 8 years as a pro, authoring up explosive showings shrouded with an inordinate amount of skills. Knowing how special he is at the age of 27, he fought his first fight as a headliner in America (second time in America), and introduced himself loudly to a curious new audience with a dominant performance over a good opponent.
In hoping that people globally will recognize, and appreciate his special combination of craft, power, skill, timing, and personality, his journey at this point has me reminiscing and recollecting of 🇵🇭Manny Pacquiao’s introduction to the mass American audience, when he destroyed feared Super-Bantamweight Titlist 🇿🇦Lehlo Ledwaba that got people to talking, and asking (who is this guy??). Do you feel like this is the path that Inoue is looking to take to widen his brand? and can America’s current climate surrounding boxing appreciate what it is that the Japanese phenom brings to the table?
JON UDDIN – I absolutely believe it is the path he is looking to take, as he has even stated that he wants to learn English to better adapt here in the United States when he is in training camp. For the second question I have to admit I am highly skeptical. There is a roadblock between a high number of boxing consumers and the fighters in the lower weight classes. It became the most evident when hearing the great 🇳🇮Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez blown off with comments of “Who’s that?” “Who cares” when referencing him.
I don’t know if it’s the fact that the smaller weight classes are packed heavily with international fighters that prevents fans here from gaining a connection with them (actually that’s exactly what I believe because the Cruiserweight division suffers from the same thing), but if they continue to sleep on Inoue it will be the second time they have missed out on something special. I know I won’t be one of them.
OFF HIS GOURD? – DEONTAY WILDER AND HIS DISTURBING RECENT VIDEO RANT
TRÉ BERRY III – Now this next topic, I’m really interested in hearing your take on 🥉🇺🇸Deontay Wilder’s latest recent rant. He ended a lengthy silence, by stating some of the most outlandish things I’ve heard a boxer say in years, further driving home his conspiracy in feeling that Heavyweight rival and now Kingpin Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury cheated by having something egg shaped planted in his gloves.
He also made claims that Referee Kenny Bayless had a vendetta against him, and threw his former Trainer 🇺🇸Mark Breland under the bus once again merely for looking out for his well being, insisting that Mark tampered the water he was drinking between rounds, and in also claiming that Fury’s bodypunch knockdown was merely a push. There’s no way around it, he is making himself look bad, so my question to you will be short….. what in the hell is Deontay Wilder thinking ??
JON UDDIN – Ok, I’ve come up with three theories for this. The first being that Deontay Wilder’s desperation has turned into delusion following the Fury loss, and he somehow actually believes this is going to help build a third fight.
The second theory is that he really got into his persona as a King that was untouchable in the ring, so much so that he truly has convinced himself, with the help of some of his hardcore faithful, that the only way he could have possibly lost was by being the victim of foul play. It couldn’t be that a man was better than him. There is nothing wrong with a fighter carrying himself with supreme confidence, but now Wilder has drifted off into something ugly as I haven’t seen a fighter handle a loss this poorly, a loss where many gave him respect for the heart he showed in the ring before his cornerman saved him. He has now however cancelled that out with these ridiculous statements and accusations.
The third theory is that it’s possible we are witnessing how bad the damage he took in that fight was and it’s a good thing Breland did what he did, when he did. These days it’s important to recognize when something is possibly wrong with athletes, not just fighters, when something seems off. Wilder is way off and, in my opinion, looks off in that video.