Gervonta Davis: A Star is born

By Xavier Porter,

January 21, 2017

For Immediate release:


Davis defeated IBF World Champion Jose Pedraza by TKO in Round 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Gervonta "Tank" Davis - new IBF Super Featherweight Championship

Gervonta “Tank” Davis – new IBF Super Featherweight Championship

Brooklyn, N.Y. – On Saturday night, January 14, 2017, undefeated professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, Maryland) won his first world title by defeating IBF World Super Featherweight Champion, Jose Pedraza (Cidra, Puerto Rico). Davis improved to 17-0, 16 by KO.

Davis-Pedraza was scheduled for 12 Rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, live on SHOWTIME. At the beginning of Round 7, Davis went on an aggressive offensive attack that ended with a huge right hook that floored the champion. Pedraza made it to his feet, but Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight at 2:36 of round 7. Davis joined Joe Gans, Vincent Pettway, and Hasim Rahman as Baltimore’s only boxing world champions. Davis, 22, became the youngest boxer from Baltimore to win a world title.

Davis’ longtime boxing trainer, Calvin Ford of Upton Boxing Center in Baltimore, Maryland said

Gervonta "Tank" Davis with Coach Calvin Ford

Gervonta “Tank” Davis with Coach Calvin Ford

“This training camp was a team effort and was put together with minimal funding. Our sparring partners sacrificed their bodies to help us win this title. We received some great work from Drew Correll, Jerome Featherstone, James Winchester, Skip Crumpler and his team, and from two 2016 Olympians, Richardson Hitchins and Shakur Stevenson.”

Gervonta Davis with 2016 Olympians Shakur Stevenson and Richardson Hitchins

Gervonta Davis with 2016 Olympians Shakur Stevenson and Richardson Hitchins

“History was made on January 14, 2017. He showed a lot of poise for a young boxer going up against a veteran world champion. Tank trained seriously for this fight. Pedraza took a lot of punishment and was still able to last six rounds before being stopped in the seventh round.”

“For the city of Baltimore, this victory shows that hard work does pay off. For the young kids that are coming behind Tank, it gives them hope that their dreams can come true.”

The 22-year-old Davis discussed winning his first world title.Tank1 -DavisPedraza

“Going into this fight, so many people had me as an underdog and said I didn’t have a chance to win. They said I didn’t have enough fights, I wouldn’t make weight and wasn’t focused enough, but I showed them that they were wrong. “

“I was reminded of all the stuff we have been through and we came up with a plan to win. We had short goals and long goals to make sure I was on point during the camp. Changing my diet for this camp helped a lot, and I learned how to eat better. My strength coach, Rashawn “Russ” Blakney, pushed me hard every day. Coach Kenny Ellis assisted Coach Calvin a lot in camp and always made me laugh.”

“I did what I had prepared to do, and now I can live knowing I completed one of my goals. Floyd Mayweather recruited me to Mayweather Promotions because he felt that I would be a star in the sport of boxing. I’m grateful that I was put in position to prove that my name should be mentioned with the best fighters in the world. I won this title in my 17th pro fight, one fight earlier than Floyd did it. I’m here to represent Mayweather Promotions as a world champion, and I will be that next big pay-per-view star.

“Thank you to Jose Pedraza and his team for giving me the opportunity to fight for his title. Thanks Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions and Al Haymon. I love my city of Baltimore. My city has been through a lot, but we always make it through the hard times. Winning this title makes me want to work harder for the ones that are coming behind me. I hope I can just inspire people to never give up, keep fighting, and doing great things. Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you.”

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*Photo Credits

Fight pics: courtesy of Team Davis/Mayweather Promotions

Strap season pic, Media workout pic and NYC pic: courtesy of Kevin White

Post-fight pic on ropes: courtesy of Marilyn Paulino