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Fight Preview: Gervonta Davis Promises To Punish Walsh In First Defence Of His IBF Title

In a build up to the fight that seems to have been equally about the promoters (Floyd Mayweather and Frank Warren) as it has been the boxers thus far, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis takes on Norfolk’s Liam Walsh for the IBF super featherweight title at the aptly named ‘Show me the Money’ on 20 May at the Copper Box Arena in Hackney, London.

The 22-year-old from Baltimore (17-0) looks to retain his title and his unbeaten record against mandatory challenger, Liam ‘Destiny’ Walsh (21-0) in his first UK fight as a professional.

In an impressive win against Jose Pedraza, gaining him the IBF title in January this year, Davis showed an impressive display, demonstrated his great punch power and dynamic style that has got fans anticipating a big future for the American.

Both fighters have been studying each others styles and previous fights keenly in the lead up to 20 May. When asked if he knew much about his opponent by Thaboxingvoice , Davis responded: “Yeah… the guy knocked Walsh down and still didn’t win, I was like ‘What?’,” in a reference to Walsh’s brilliant comeback win against Paul Appleby at York Hall back in 2011 where he recovered from a seventh round knockdown to win in the tenth.

This durability is certainly something for Davis to watch out for. ‘Tank’ continued: “We’re not looking for the knockout or anything like that, but if the [knockout] presents itself we’re definitely going for it, we’re gonna capitalise on his mistakes, hopefully he doesn’t make a lot of them otherwise it’s going to be an early night!”

This comes as quite a surprise from the American who is mentored by Floyd Mayweather and currently boats 16 KO’s from his 17 fights as a pro. In these fights, so far he has always seemed to be looking for a knock out opportunity with seven of his bouts ending within the first round including his fight against Mexican veteran, Mario Macias, who he knocked out with one punch in just 41 seconds in 2016.

Walsh, the 30-year old Southpaw from Norfolk defeated Andrey Klimov on points in October last year to become mandatory challenger for the IBF belt. He previously had hoped to face then WBO lightweight champion, Ricky Burns, back in 2012 only for a car crash to rule him out, but he feels now it is his time to shine.

“I’m going to be in the best shape of my life,” he told The Sun.

“I’ve watched the Pedraza fight as well as five others, I’ve studied a lot and I know all I need to know. He’s been touted as the future of boxing and that makes things easier for me in terms of training and preparation. No man’s unbeatable,” he said.

He is also already looking past this fight at a possible ‘Battle of Britain’ clash against current WBO champion, Terry Flanagan (33-0). Walsh doesn’t seem convinced of the American’s power, telling World Boxing News – “He is hitting people with four or five clean punches and they are not going anywhere. For me, he has got the Chris Eubank Jr effect. He throws all these really good looking shots then he nails the guy flush across the chin and the guy looks at him. You think, that should have knocked him out, because it looks brilliant but he isn’t knocking people out cold.”

At the fight announcement press conference Gervonta highlighted his aim to get involved in the electric UK boxing scene: “This is for the UK fans, I want to bring them excitement, “he said.

“Floyd was like a god in the sport of boxing and I always wanted to be with him – now we’re making big things happen.”
His promoter, Mayweather added: “Gervonta Davis is not just the youngest world champion in boxing, he’s one of the most exciting too.”

The fight which will be shown on BT and BoxNation looks to be an interesting clash of Southpaws with one fighter losing their unbeaten record and the other taking the IBF Super featherweight title with odds currently showing how close this fight could be, but with the home country fighter just inching it with the bookies. Mayweather was also keen to raise the stakes, pushing Frank Warren to ‘bet on his man’ if he was sure he could win and offering tens of millions of dollars behind his protégé, Davis, live on Box Nation [Video above].

The action-packed undercard features some great fighters including Light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde and young heavyweight ‘Dynamite’ Daniel Dubois.

By Charlotte Prior. You can follow her on Twitter on @CharlotteLily89

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