Gervonta Davis Responds to Claims of Being “Protected” by Floyd Mayweather’s Company

Published 11/23/2021, 6:30 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Gervonta Davis of The United States celebrates with Floyd Mayweather following victory against 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)


27-year-old Gervonta Davis is already a three-division champion and has been knocking out people on his way to greatness. However, the Baltimore native hasn’t been critic-free in the ride. Despite remaining an unbeaten world champion, several people claim that Davis has yet to test himself against the best fighters at 135 lbs.

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Well, technically it’s correct because ‘Tank’ hasn’t fought anyone from Teofimo Lopez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Devin Haney, or Ryan Garcia, amongst others. As for his stint at 130 lbs and 140 lbs divisions, Davis didn’t really face the best from the slot. Following his last win against Mario Barrios, Davis’ mentor Floyd Mayweather further claimed that he would host his prodigy in only in-house showdowns.

It curbed several potential blockbusters for Davis that could have also pushed him to the end of his limits. While most of the fans accused Mayweather of defending his starfighter, ‘Tank’ has finally shared views on the entire scene.

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Speaking with Brian Custer, Gervonta Davis said, “They say Mayweather Promotions is protecting me and not letting me fight the right fighter. Okay, let’s just go off. Whoever the top four, top four guys, or whoever at the top. I don’t know, who they talking about. As far as the other fighters, name somebody else that’s fighting somebody. That’s whoever like, you don’t see other top guys fighting top guys.”

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Gervonta Davis’ entry into 140 lbs could have put him against Josh Taylor at some point. However, it seems as though he will settle at 135 for a few bouts.

Gervonta Davis needs to compete with the best to earn the label as the division’s kingpin

While the lightweight division has umpteen undefeated champions, Gervonta Davis might be the most dominant persona. Having secured a record of 25-0, ‘Tank’ has 24 KOs under his belt and has also held world titles at the super featherweight, lightweight, and super-lightweight divisions. He is undoubtedly a prizefighter of the time and has proven to be beneficial for the Mayweather Promotions.

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BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 27: Gervonta Davis punches Ricardo Nunez during the second round of their WBA super featherweight championship fight at Royal Farms Arena on July 27, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

He is an A-list knockout artist and offers highlight-reel stoppages almost every time he steps through the ropes. These features clearly validate his spot in the top-tier slot. But unless Davis fights and beats the best, it will be unfair to label him the kingpin of 135 lbs.

Do you think Gervonta Davis should unify his bets at 135 lbs?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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