Teofimo Lopez Reveals Why Gervonta Davis Moved up to 140 Pounds

Published 03/09/2021, 8:00 AM EST


The ‘Tank’ Gervonta Davis has mighty plans of transitioning to a different weight class again. His corner is in abrupt talks to stage a fight with Mario Barrios, the WBA regular champion at the super-lightweight category.

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However, the unified lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, didn’t quite like Davis’s idea of moving up to the 140-pound category. In a conversation with Fight Hub TV, he said:

“Everybody gotta see a pattern. A lot of people don’t catch onto patterns. WBA at 130, interim or silver or regular champion, then WBA regular champion at 135, and now they’re trying to go back to the WBA where they become the interim champion — or regular champion — with the WBA at 140 so he can say he’s a three-division world champion.

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“And it always looks better on a resume, then they try to get the fact that ‘oh, I should be on the pound-for-pound list because of x, y, and z.’ So, yeah, I can see the pattern. Kudos to him, you gotta do what you gotta do, my man.”

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)

But Teofimo Lopez scoffed at Davis’ move up to the super-lightweight category. He feels that ‘Tank’ is just doing so for decorating his resume and being adjudged as a 3-weight champion.

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Can Gervonta Davis prove his worth at the 140-pound landscape?

The 26-year-old is one of the most promising talents in the modern boxing era. In his previous weight classes, ‘Tank’ dispatched all of his opponents with ease. He exhibits an offensive approach and dispatches his fellow combatants with crucial power and ring IQ.

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)

With 24 wins to his name, Davis already has achieved a lot. But displaying a champion mindset, he seems hungry for even bigger challenges.

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Citing his vital prowess, it’s unquestionable that Davis will enjoy an enigmatic run in this division too. However, it’ll be interesting to see his new shape and approach.

If he adds on constant wins to his resume in the 140-pound weight category, needless to say, he’ll cement himself as the best at this weight class too.

What do you draw of Teofimo Lopez’s comments? Has ‘Tank’ made the right decision to step up in a weight class?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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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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