Issue | Premium | Preview | Jul 23 2019

Gervonta Davis returns home

Gervonta Davis defends his world title in Baltimore, writes Paul Wheeler
Gervonta Davis with trainer Calvin Ford  |  Rosie Cohe/Showtime

LAST time out in February, Gervonta Davis steamrollered through ex-WBC super-bantamweight champ Hugo Ruiz in under three minutes to make a successful initial defence of his WBA super-feather strap. After dispatching the late substitute, the 21-0 (20) Davis bellowed: “We’re coming to Baltimore. We’re going home, baby!” This Saturday (July 27), the Maryland man will do exactly that when he fights in his hometown for the first time since his fourth professional bout six years ago. Opposing the two-time 130lb titlist at the Royal Farms Arena is his mandatory challenger, Panamanian Ricardo Nunez, 21-2 (19).

As well as trouncing Ruiz, Davis has also notched impressive inside-schedule victories over other notable names in Jose Pedraza, Liam Walsh and Jesus Cuellar. The sturdy southpaw had around 220 amateur contests and has developed into a formidable finisher as a pro. Quick, accurate, aggressive and ruthless, the 24-year-old launches torrents of hurtful hooks to head and body.

Like Davis, Nunez boasts an intimidating knockout ratio, although he is yet to face any noteworthy opposition. The La Chorrera native will be making his US debut, having only fought outside of Panama once before. Nicknamed “El Cientifico” (The Scientist) due to his composed and calculated approach in the ring, Nunez has operated as high as the super-lightweight division, but has recently settled at super-featherweight.