Gervonta Davis Upset With Current Boxing Landscape: They’re Making a WWE Situation

Published 10/23/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
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 doesn’t seem to favor the recent trend of exhibition boxing or celebrity athletes getting inside the squared circle. Although his mentor Floyd Mayweather did the same in June, ‘Tank’ still belittled the system.

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Per Davis, boxing has become very vulnerable as compared to other sports. In a chat with ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, Gervonta Davis said, “The biggest problem in boxing right now is people playing with the sport. They’re playing with boxing. They’re making like a WWE situation and they don’t really know you can get hurt really bad in this sport.”

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“You can’t jump up and go to the NFL or the NBA and play in there. So, why would they think it’s cool to play in our sport?”

Gervonta Davis, a superstar of modern-age boxing, has been an absolute knockout artist. His 25-0 record reflects 24 KOs, with world titles in three divisions. That said, Davis has earned all of it in less than a decade and is clearly is a big name today. Hence, ‘Tank’ is always subject to challenges from celebrities.

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Following his recent comments, ‘Tank’ doesn’t seem interested in any of the exhibitions at this stage. His professional journey will offer him several tough challengers, against whom he is still untested, especially at 135 lbs. WBA Interim lightweight champion Rolando Romero is the next in the line.

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)

Meanwhile, Jake Paul tagged Davis as one of his potential opponents a few weeks back on social media. A few years down the line, the fight can happen. But looking at the massive contrast in both men’s size, the fight doesn’t look favorable to take place under professional guidelines.

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Given Davis’ status as a double champion, he will have many mandatory challengers to see off. Also, as he will only get in-house opponents, it’s tough to see him ever fight ‘The Problem Child’.

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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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