Gervonta Davis Issued Deadline by WBA for His Next Title Fight

Published 08/21/2021, 9:49 AM EDT
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)


The World Boxing Association (WBA) has officially put Gervonta Davis on the clock. The WBA has ordered Davis to clarify which of his titles he plans to keep moving forward. This move by the WBA comes after the recent backlash faced due to the number of belts in their governing body.

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To reduce the number of belts and clear up the titles in each division, the WBA is trying to unify the belts. Gervonta Davis currently holds the WBA “Super” title at junior lightweight, and the WBA “World” titles at lightweight and junior welterweight.

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To sort it out, the WBA issued Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis with an official letter on Friday to address the issue. They gave Davis a one-week deadline to decide at which weight he will continue.

Carlos Chavez, the chairman of the WBA Championship Committee, conveyed, “You first conquer the Super Featherweight (130 lbs.) title on April 21, 2018. Then on December 28, 2019 you won the vacant Lightweight (135 lbs.) title; and on June 26, 2021 you made stepped forward and conquered the WBA Super Lightweight (140 lbs.) title. In every title fight you have featured you gave a demonstration of what you are made of.” (via BoxingScene.com)

“For the WBA titles and the awards continue to be given to the champions and continue to be attractive. To keep giving equal opportunities to future champions, we would like you to inform us by Friday August 27, 2021. Which title you own at present – Super Featherweight or Lightweight or Super Lightweight- you will keep and defend from now.”

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Gervonta Davis – Rise to the top

Gervonta Davis won his first WBA belt in 2018. The ‘Tank’ claimed the WBA ‘Super’ 130-pound title after knocking out Jesus Cuellar in April 2018. After two successful titles defenses, Davis vacated the belts in order to go for the lightweight title.

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Davis won the WBA “World” lightweight belt in 2019 after he knocked out Yuriorkis Gamboa in front of a sold-out crowd at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

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Davis then reclaimed the belt he vacated at 130-pounds in October 2020. He defeated Leo Santa Cruz via a sixth-round TKO to win his title back in San Antonio, Texas. For his third belt, Davis returned to the State Farm Arena in Atlanta to take on Mario Barrios.

The ‘Tank’ secured the belt following an 11th round stoppage against Barrios to win the WBA “World” junior welterweight title. What belt do you think Davis will hold on to?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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