Gervonta “Tank” Davis
Baltimore-born pro boxer Gervonta “Tank” Davis maintained his rise to stardom as he beat up on Mexican pro boxer Guillermo Avila in a super featherweight bout on April 1 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.
Davis fought on the undercard of four-time world champion Adrien Broner’s main event fight against Ashley Theophane Friday night, televised by Spike TV. But the 21-year-old Davis put on a performance worthy of a headliner bout, brutalizing his opponent before eventually ending the fight with a sixth round technical knockout.
The victory advanced Davis’ pro record to 15-0 with 14 knockouts.
Davis landed power punches at will against Avila. He bust the 23-year-old Mexican’s nose open with a vicious uppercut in the second round and continued tagging Avila with power punches until he landed a knock down at the end of the fifth round. Avila’s iron chin and tough resolve allowed him to quickly get off canvas and keep fighting.
But Tank then put together a collection of violent uppercuts just 29 seconds into the sixth round that sent Avila’s head bobbing backwards, forcing the referee to jump in and stop the fight on a TKO.
“I’m happy with how I performed tonight,” Davis said, “and I’m even more happy to have been able to get the win in front of my hometown crowd.”
Davis’ mentor and promoter, retired boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr., told reporters after the fight that he was very satisfied with how his protégé performed.
“We got the ‘W,’” Mayweather said. “I’m pleased with Gevonta. We’re building. We’re learning.”
Mayweather told the media he’s enjoying being on the other side of the business as a promoter. But that didn’t stop Broner from calling him out to a potential fight. After stopping Theophane with a controversial ninth round TKO, Broner told Spike TV reporters that he felt he was disrespected by Theophane’s promoter, Mayweather, during a recent interview. He suggested that the two resolve their conflict in the boxing ring. Mayweather didn’t verbally respond to Broner’s’ challenge, but simply stood ringside, laughing and clapping his hands at Broner’s comments.
Broner’s victory over Theophane moved his record up to 32 wins, two losses and a draw. However, he lost possession of his WBA Super Light Welterweight title because he weighed in a half-pound over the weight limit for the fight.
Theophane, a 35-year-old veteran boxer from London, had an opportunity to take the vacant championship from Broner, but never appeared to have been a real threat to the 26-year-old former champion during the fight. The bout seemed as if it was heading towards a 12-round decision that would’ve been judged in favor of Broner, but the referee mysteriously stopped the fight on a TKO following an uppercut punch from Broner that landed on his opponent’s private parts. As Theophane was reeling in reaction to the low blow, the referee must have thought that he was giving up and instantly ended the fight.