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Gervonta Davis needs two attempts to make weight for Gamboa fight

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Gervonta Davis faces Cuban veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa for the vacant WBA lightweight strap

BALTIMORE’S Gervonta Davis initially weighed-in at 136 ¼ lbs for his fight with Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa for the vacant WBA lightweight title. He weighed-in at 134.8 lbs (within the contracted lightweight limit of 135 lbs) approximately 90 minutes later. The fight will go ahead at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Gamboa tipped the scales at a comfortable 134 ½ lbs.

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Promoter Floyd Mayweather said: “This is great. It’s not just about boxing being in one place. It’s about thinking outside the box so I said, ‘Why not?’ Atlanta is a great place with so many beautiful people. It’s just a great city.”

“It’s all about taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s the same thing I did in my career: Took chances and rolled the dice,” he added. “There is a lot of great talent that comes out of Atlanta, a lot of great boxing talent.”

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“When [Davis] was a kid I remember when I was on tour with Canelo a young kid came up to me and asked for an autograph and to sign his phone and take a picture. Then I saw something special in him when he came to my gym a couple of times. He was undefeated as a pro after a few fights and I said in two years I can make you a world champion. And we did it.”

WBA light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and two-division champion Badou Jack, who will square off in the co-main event. They both weighted in within the 175 lb limit.

Canada’s Pascal was 174 ¾ lbs, and Jack weighed 174 ½ lbs.

Pascal said: “We are two warriors and we are two gentlemen so people are very excited for this fight and we are going to put on a show tomorrow night.”

“[Jack] went up to my weight class. This is my weight class and I’m the champion so welcome to my weight class, Badou. It’s simple why I’m still here: Hard work and discipline.”

Jack had this to say: “I’m just excited to become a three-time world champion. He’s my friend after the fight, but for now we are enemies.”

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  • Floyd didn’t take a single real risk in his whole career and it looks like he’s applying the same principle to Davis’ career – Gamboa is too small and well past his prime.

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