Feature | May 17 2017

Gervonta Davis: ‘It was either the gym, or jail, or dead’

Gervonta Davis on his past, Saturday's world title fight and Vasyl Lomachenko
Gervonta Davis
Gervonta-Davis  |  Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

GIVEN the style in which Gervonta Davis destroyed Jose Pedraza, you’d be forgiven for thinking his nickname, ‘Tank’ had something do with the boxing artillery he has at his disposal. In fact, it’s just because when he was a kid, he had a large head.

His head now, you’ll be pleased to know, is not disproportionately large. His face is unmarked by wars but he does have a broad neck. You have to think he’ll be able to take a solid punch when he’s caught clean. He speaks softly, but is in the fortunate position where his explosive boxing can do the talking.

He is in London to make the first defence of his IBF super-featherweight against Liam Walsh at the Copperbox on Saturday (May 20). He promises simply “a lot of excitement”. Davis continued, “I believe a real fighter, a real champion can fight anywhere. I’m thankful to fight in the UK.


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