Pro boxing star Gervonta “Tank” Davis will defend his IBF junior lightweight title in the “co-main event” of superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Aug. 26 matchup with UFC star Connor McGregor.
The 22-year-old Baltimore City native shared the news with TMZ when asked if he was on the Mayweather/McGregor undercard.
“I’m co-main event,” said Davis, who will now appear in his second pay-per-view fight of his career. “It feels great to be on such a big fight. And just having my hometown back me, Under Armour back me, Floyd Mayweather back me and to be his co-main event– it feels amazing.”
Boxing fans have been skeptical about purchasing the Mayweather/McGregor fight because many consider McGregor, a mixed martial arts fighter, to be no match in the boxing ring with Mayweather. There’s also longstanding skepticism around purchasing any Mayweather fight because of his cautious, defensive style, which doesn’t always offer much excitement.
But with Davis on the card, boxing fans can expect someone to get knocked out. In 18 pro fights, Tank has knocked out 17 opponents, turning him into one of the hottest draws in the sport.
Davis told TMZ that his management hasn’t decided who he will face, but that they have narrowed it down to two potential challengers.
“It’s a few names they mentioned to me,” Davis said, “but both of them would get knocked out.”
Davis said he’s been training closely with Mayweather at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas and offered a prediction of how the other main fight will play out.
“Floyd is going to play with [McGregor] for a while and then knock him out,” Davis said. “He’s going to make sure he gives the people their money’s worth.”