Gervonta Davis Reveals the ‘Worst Part of Being a Boxing Superstar’

Published 06/12/2021, 9:30 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)


Two-division world champion Gervonta Davis is undoubtedly a big name in the boxing universe. From fame to money, ‘Tank’ has it all. But it has come along with some setbacks, per the WBA 135 lbs titlist. The 26-year-old spoke about the disadvantages that come besides boxing stardom.

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Speaking with SHOWTIME Sports, Davis said, “The worst part about being a boxing superstar, I think if you beat one person, they are saying you can’t beat this person. It’s never enough. It’s never enough.”

“I fought Leo [Santa Cruz] in my last fight. They say he was too small, they want to see you broke. They want to see you be beaten.”

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Despite all the criticism, Davis has been on a tear in his professional career. He knocked Leo Santa Cruz out cold to claim the WBA (Super) super featherweight title, besides defending his WBA lightweight strap. He is 24-0 now as a professional, with 23 KOs under his name.

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Meanwhile, the Baltimore native’s next fight might be a reality check for him. ‘El Azteca’ Barrios, has all the tools to dismantle Davis. While ‘Tank’ remains a favorite for many, the same might not hold inside the ring.

Gervonta Davis for his star power and skills against Mario Barrios

Davis vs Barrios is an evenly matched bout as the 26-year-old pugilists are undefeated world champions in their respective weight classes. But Barrios, 26-0, has more fighting experience and sheer physical advantages in the mix. He is a much bigger fighter than Davis and will enjoy a 4-inch reach advantage.

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However, Gervonta Davis has fierce power and has been quick to dictate proceedings with all of his past opponents. Akin to Mario Barrios, ‘Tank’ Davis also possesses the skills and power to win the fight.

The pair will meet on June 26 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, with Barrios’ WBA world super-lightweight belt up for grabs. Likewise, Davis will put his sheer stardom and unbeaten tag on the line.

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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