Damaged Tank: Gervonta Davis’ Return Delayed After Injury in Sparring

Published 02/05/2021, 7:37 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Gervonta Davis of The United States celebrates following his fight with Liam Walsh of England in the IBF World Junior Lightweight Championship match at Copper Box Arena on May 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


Gervonta Davis has revealed some disheartening news about his return to the sport. The undefeated champion has to delay his next fight after he suffered an injury in training and could miss out on potential lightweight super fights in the early part of 2021.

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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 24: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Gervonta Davis speaks to the Media during SHOWTIME SPORTS 2018 Boxing Announcements at Cipriani on Jnauary 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

‘Tank’ has been in the headlines for a potential return for a while. Ever since he beat Leo Santa Cruz, rumors speculated he would face Ryan Garcia. Despite that not materializing, it now appears that Davis’ return will have to wait a while.

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The undefeated champion took to his Twitter to reveal the news. He wrote, “I hurt my hand sparring today.” Though this tweet did not reveal a lot, we now know that it will delay his return, at least by a few more weeks.

As of now, there are no details on the extent of the injury or recovery duration. However, what we know from this tweet is that ‘Tank’ started sparring. This means he was in the latter part of his training camp already. Therefore, maybe a fight was closer than we thought for Davis.

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Who will Gervonta Davis face next?

Davis is the WBA champion and was close to securing a fight against Ryan Garcia. However, the 22-year-old will instead fight Manny Pacquiao. This means Davis is now in search of a new opponent.

The lightweight division is one of the most exciting in the sport right now. However, the big fighters may already be occupied. Teofimo Lopez will fight either Devin Haney or George Kambosos Jr. Therefore, ‘Tank’ cannot try to get a fight against any of them.

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However, former pound-for-pound king, Vasyl Lomachenko has shown his desire to fight the American. Moreover, this could be a perfect match since Lomachenko himself has just returned to the ring after a serious shoulder injury.

If Davis’ injury is not a serious one, it could set things up perfectly for the return of both fighters. Moreover, it would be a great fight for all involved. Davis would get a chance to prove his mettle, while Lomachenko can make his mark on the division again.

What do you make of this news? Do you think this injury sets things up perfectly for the Gervonta Davis vs. Vasyl Lomachenko fight?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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