‘I Want Tank’ – Gary Russell Jr. Calls Out Gervonta Davis

Published 12/22/2020, 7:36 AM EST
OXON HILL, MD – MAY 19: Gary Russell Jr. looks on before the start of the eighth round against Joseph Diaz Jr. during the WBC featherweight title bout at MGM National Harbor on May 19, 2018 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Russell won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)


The WBC featherweight king, Gary Russell Jr is in search of a resilient opponent for his next battle. It seems like he’s already got a couple of names in his mind.

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The champion was in a conversation with Brian Custer. He talked about why he opts to fight once a year and opened on the combatants he wants in the next fight.

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The southpaw rolled out two big names from his checklist of opponents; Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz. However, he affirmed on a much-needed bout between him and Gervonta Davis.

He said, ”I want Tank (Gervonta Davis) off the rear. Yeah, I want Tank. I definitely wanted Leo (Leo Santa Cruz), I mean not Leo huh, for real Leo is still good at that. I still get Leo, I still spank Leo. But we ain’t gonna scratch him for now. We’re gonna scratch him off the list so Tank definitely for sure.

Russell Jr last fought in February and defended his WBC gold against Tugstsogt Nyambayar.

Will we see Gary Russell Jr. collide with Gervonta Davis in 2021?

Gervonta Davis is one of the brightest young talents to come out of America. He is a devastating knockout artist with an undefeated fight streak. He recently fought against Leo Santa Cruz and knocked him out cold in round 6. Fighting the ‘Tank’ could be Gary’s toughest test to date.

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)

In order to fight Davis, Russell Jr will have to move up to super-featherweight as the latter is the WBA super-featherweight champion. It’s nearly impossible that ‘Tank’ will shed weight to take on the Gary Russell challenge.

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If this fight takes place in 2021, it will be the highlighting fight of the 32-year-old’s professional boxing career. It will showcase his intent and competing and ruling another weight class.

The boxing fans would be keen to see his approach against a mighty opponent in the form of Gervonta Davis.

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Should Gary Russell Jr. confront Davis or take on someone else?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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