By Dan Ambrose: Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis introduced that he’d be returning to the ring in October to combat. He didn’t say who his opponent will probably be or which division he’ll be returning to.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe stated he’d prefer to match Tank Davis in opposition to Ryan Garcia this yr. Nonetheless, Ellerbe isn’t the one which calls the pictures with Mayweather Promotions.
It’s believed that Floyd Mayweather Jr is the one which hand-picks Tank Davis’ opposition, and he would possible be immune to the thought of letting him combat Ryan. As an alternative of Tank having a 90% probability of profitable, it could be nearer to a real 50-50 combat.
I don’t see Mayweather willingly placing his golden goose Tank in jeopardy of being plucked by Ryan.
Is Ryan Garcia too harmful for Tank?
Ryan can punch, and if he lands one in every of his bone-crunching left hooks on the chin of Tank, his days of being a 200K-level pay-per-view attraction might finish swiftly.
Provided that Mayweather Promotions will possible insist on Tank Davis’ subsequent combat being on pay-per-view in October, they’ve acquired an enormous choice to make.
If they need Tank to maneuver his buys from the 200,000 areas to that of a real PPV star, they’re going to need to put him in with somebody that boxing followers wish to see.
Selecting out guys like Mario Barrios and Leo Santa Cruz failed to usher in many PPV buys for Gervonta, and the reason being apparent. Santa Cruz is an previous man who was by no means a PPV fighter, and Barrios was somebody few followers had ever heard of.
Davis stopped Barrios (26-1, 17 KOs) within the eleventh spherical, however it wasn’t the kind of efficiency that may trigger undisputed 140-lb champion Josh Taylor any sleepless nights.
Tank regarded beatable in opposition to a marginal paper champion in Barrios. Gervonta (25-0, 24 KOs) dethroned WBA secondary mild welterweight champion Mario Barrios on June twenty sixth in a drama-filled combat that was a little bit too aggressive for the likes of his promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was apprehensive sufficient to inform him after the seventh spherical that issues had been bleak.
Probably choices for Tank’s October combat
These are Tank Davis’ choices if Mayweather chooses to match him in-house for his October combat:
- Adrien Broner
- Chris Colbert
- Gary Russell Jr
- Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero
- Isaac Cruz
- Xavier Martinez
- Batyr Akhmedov
- Robert Easter Jr
- Rances Barthelemy
A small variety of boxing followers is likely to be prepared to pay to see Gervonta combat the deeply flawed Chris Colbert, however that’s about it.
Colbert doesn’t look able to combat world championship-level competitors at this level in his profession. It could not be type for Colbert’s administration to throw him in with Tank earlier than he’s had an opportunity to develop as a fighter.
Broner is totally shot, and it could be an enormous mistake for Mayweather Promotions to match Tank Davis in opposition to him. If the thought is to get Tank laughed at and ridiculed, Broner is the man.
Gary Russell Jr can be a sensible choice, however he must transfer from 126 to combat Tank at 130 or 135. If Mayweather Promotions needs to extend Tank’s possibilities of profitable that combat, they’ll drag Russell Jr as much as 140.
Sadly, I can see them doing that as a result of there can be a danger for Tank in a combat in opposition to Russell. Tank regarded very beatable in opposition to a really restricted Barrios.
Mayweather could remorse it if he retains Tank caught combating in-house opposition along with his firm and PBC. How will Tank proceed to develop as a PPV fighter if he’s caught combating the restricted opposition they’ve?
It gained’t be stunning if Tank’s PPV numbers keep on the 200K stage and by no means transfer up as a result of boxing followers is not going to get excited at seeing Tank obliterate unknown fighters.
As such, Tank has nothing to fret about as a result of these two corporations don’t have any of the proficient fighters that would doubtlessly beat him at 130, 135, or 140,
Oct, I’m again
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) July 5, 2021