Issue | Premium | Preview | Dec 23 2019

Gervonta Davis moves up to lightweight for Yuriorkis Gamboa

Gervonta Davis looks to restore momentum against Yuriorkis Gamboa
Gervonta Davis
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GERVONTA DAVIS’ inactivity has undoubtedly impacted on his burgeoning reputation as one of the potential breakout stars in the sport. With only three rounds of action in the past 20 months, Davis has struggled for momentum, but that should not affect him against 37-year-old Yuriorkis Gamboa in Atlanta on December 28.

In what is his first appearance since moving up to lightweight, Davis should have too much for the faded Miami-based Cuban, who warmed up for the clash by stopping Roman Martinez in July. Expect southpaw Davis to triumph on the cards over 12, but twice-beaten Gamboa should have his moments.

Gervonta Davis
Gervonta Davis will now fight at lightweight

In the co-main at the State Farm Arena, Badou Jack returns for the first time since losing to Marcus Browne in January in a fight which is most famous for the ridiculous cut the Swede sustained to the forehead.