Issue | Premium | Reports | Jul 29 2019

Gervonta Davis thrills huge hometown crowd

Gervonta Davis crushes Ricardo Nunez, writes Sean Nam
Gervonta Davis
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Baltimore • July 27

ON a day when the President of the United States flung scabrous shots at the city of Baltimore, Maryland, calling it, via Twitter, the “worst in the USA” and “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess,” one of its homegrown talents gave the locals something to cheer.

Inside a roiling Royal Farms Arena, Gervonta Davis, the native son of West Baltimore, made a successful second defence of his WBA super-featherweight title (set for 12), bludgeoning virtual unknown Ricardo Nunez of Panama with thunderous left hands until referee Harvey Dock intervened at 1-33 of the second round.

More than six years since Davis had fought in his hometown of Baltimore, and his first appearance since winning a title, the reception he received was welcoming. In a sign of Davis’ potential as a bona fide draw, a reported 14,686 showed up to support the hard-hitting southpaw.