The International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Super Featherweight Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis successfully defended his title for the first time, ending his fight with British boxer Liam Walsh via technical knockout with 2:11 left in the third round on May 20 in London, England.

Gervonta Davis, left, of the U.S., lands a left to Liam Walsh of Britain during the IBF super-featherweight championship bout at The Copper Box, London, Saturday May 20, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

The 22-year-old Baltimore native put Walsh on the canvas with a powerful left hand hook to the head. Walsh got up to continue fighting, but he appeared defenseless on his feet, causing referee Michael Alexander to stop the fight.  Walsh and his corner were upset that the ref stopped the fight, but it appeared to be the right decision, considering the power punches he was taking to his head. 

Davis’ record advanced to 18-0 with 17 knockouts, while Walsh took his first loss of his career (21-1).

“I thought it would take a couple of more rounds to get him out of there,” said Floyd Mayweather Jr., who promotes for Davis. “I’m proud of Tank. He’ll be back in the ring in a couple of months. We want to take our time and see what goes from here.”

Although Mayweather was only present at the fight as a promoter for Davis, he was still asked about his own possible plans to fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor. But Mayweather smoothly deflected the attention back on his pupil, Davis. 

“If the Conor McGregor fight happens, we’d like this young man to be on the undercard,” Mayweather said. “He looked brilliant. I give him an A plus.”


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor