By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor
Gervonta “Tank” Davis became the youngest two-time world champion after beating former champion Jesus Cuellar to earn the WBA Super Featherweight title on April 21 at the Barclays Center in New York.
Davis, 23, earned a TKO victory over Cuellar as referee Benjy Esteves was forced to stop the fight near the end of the third round after the Baltimore City native connected with several hook shots to the head of a cornered Cuellar. The Argentinian boxer (28-3) had just been dropped by Davis earlier in the round after a huge right hook to the body, but got up after an eight count; he also went down from body shots in the second round.
Gervonta Davis, left, punches Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar during the first round of a WBA super featherweight championship bout Saturday, April 21, 2018, in New York. Davis stopped Cuellar in the third round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
“A focused Tank is a DANGEROUS TANK!!! 2x Champion,” tweeted Davis after the fight.
“Gervonta is the most exciting fighter in the entire sport! Flat out!!!!” Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, tweeted after the fight.
Davis advanced his pro boxing record to a perfect 20-0 with 19 knockouts. He said the championship victory put his career back on the fast track after a mishap during his last title reign. The 130-pound champion was forced to forfeit his IBF Featherweight championship after failing to make weight in a title defense bout last year.
“I got focused and now I’m champion again,” Davis said during a post fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray. “There’s always bumps in the road on the way to being successful.”
Davis fought on the undercard of former welterweight champion Adrien Broner’s main event bout with Jessie Vargas. Broner went the distance and the fight was ruled a draw.