Gervonta “Tank” Davis poses with his boxing trainers, Calvin Ford (left) and Kenny Ellis (right), following his first round TKO victory on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas. (Photo was taken from Gervonta’s Twitter page @GervontaDavis)
A ton of Baltimore-area fans tuned into Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s pay-per-view fight against Andre Berto on Sept. 12. But they weren’t necessarily watching just for Mayweather. Instead, it was an undercard bout featuring young undefeated featherweight champ Gervonta “Tank” Davis that drew Baltimore fans to the Showtime Network program. The draw being to see Davis do what he’s done to just about every opponent he’s faced so far: knock them out.
Davis defeated Filipino boxer Recky Dulay with a TKO after just a minute and 32 seconds into the first round of the fight. The TKO improved the Baltimore professional’s record to 12-0 (11 knockouts).
It was Davis’ first time fighting on pay-per-view, but with such a dominating win, it won’t be his last.
Davis was accompanied in the ring by his longtime trainers, Calvin Ford and Kenny Ellis, who have trained Davis since he was a youth boxer at Upton Boxing Center in West Baltimore. The AFRO reported on Davis back in 2010 after he won a boxing championship tournament as a 15-year-old amateur.
Now, as a 20-year-old pro, Davis not only receives coaching from Ford and Ellis, but he also gets first-hand mentoring from Mayweather, who signed Davis to his promotion team earlier this year. Davis trained side-by-side with Mayweather in Vegas during the months leading up to the Sept. 12 fight, an experience of which Davis once only hoped and dreamed.
“Having an opportunity to travel with has been a dream come true,” Davis told reporters. “I grew up watching Floyd fight. He is a great mentor, and I’m learning a lot from him, especially about the business of boxing. He believes in me and knows I can be the next big star in boxing and I won’t let him, myself or my team down.”
Calvin Ford echoed those sentiments about Mayweather. “Floyd’s mentoring has been incredible for Tank, and it’s also been incredible for the Baltimore City Parks and Recreation programs,” Ford said. “Gervonta started his boxing career at Upton Boxing Gym on Pennsylvania Avenue, so to see him reach this level where he’s fighting on the same card as Floyd Mayweather is an inspiration to all the youths in Baltimore City that if they work hard and stay focused, they can make anything happen.”