By Xavier Porter

(Brooklyn, NY – December 10, 2019)

Two-Time Super Featherweight World Champion Gervonta Davis and Former Unified World Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa are scheduled to face-off on December 28, live at the State Farm Arena, in Atlanta, on Showtime Boxing, to close out a year of fights where fans were privy to witness/enjoy fantastic match-ups, exciting knockouts, and a showcase of unbelievable talent for years to come.

With that being said, the past and present of skilled fighters (Gamboa), now meets the future of boxing, namely Gervonta “Tank” Davis.

Baltimore’s own Davis continues to rise in the eyes, minds, and hearts of many boxing fans as the next great fighter coming into the new decade.

Davis carries explosive punching power, while possessing a silent charm, but also a killer instinct inside the ring.

Davis, with a record of (22-0, 21 KO’s), continues to destroy and dominate every opponent he faces.

What’s even better about the Mayweather Promotions fighter is that many have yet to see the supreme boxing skills of which he possesses.

Yes, his power is phenomenal, and draws “oohs and aahs” when he lands his sensational power punches.

What’s more impressive about this young man is the fact that he’s growing up as a man, as a talented fighter, in front of our very own eyes.

Standing in front of him on fight night will be Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs), a fighter who was once in the same position as Davis, during the early part of his career.

As a former Cuban Olympic boxing star and gold medalist, Gamboa set fire to scene of boxing when he turned professional after defecting from his native country.

Gamboa’s speed, power, and willingness to fight toe to toe with his opponents is precisely why this fight is so intriguing.

Davis (25) and Gamboa (37) are mirror images of themselves, with the elder being an orthodox fighter and Davis being a southpaw, there’s really nothing separating both fighters other than age:

  • Both men have something to prove, love to fight, want to win
  • Both men envision bigger fights and even bigger paydays after
  • Both men are fighting for a world title: WBA (135LB) Lightweight Title
  • Both men are solidified world champions, having won world titles at (130lb)

GERVONTA DAVIS

“December 28 is going to be an action packed fight, and not just my fight, but the whole card is going to be great. We’re training hard right now so we can live up to the hype. This is going to be a big event on December 28, not just a boxing show.”

“I want to keep getting better and better inside that squared circle. I hope Gamboa brings the best out of me so that people can see that I’m not just a power puncher. I have a lot of boxing skills.”

“I’ve always wanted to fight here. Atlanta has accepted me with open arms. Baltimore is always my first home, but being able to come here is special and I really appreciate the support.”

“Coming up in weight is something that I know I have to do to be great. Gamboa is a tough opponent. He’s a gold medalist who hits hard. I’m going to test the waters and December 28 I’m going to show everyone what I can do.”

“I believe this is the biggest test of my career so far. He’s very accomplished and we know that he’s explosive and comes to fight. He’s a tough opponent but we’re ready. We’re not taking him lightly at all.

“I don’t recall too much from when we sparred, but I remember he got out of the ring quicker than he was supposed to. It’s different sparring than on December 28. I’ll be ready and hopefully he’s ready to give the fans what they want to see.”

“This is a really big challenge for me and we know that Gamboa is a bigger guy. He’s an action packed fighter with power and speed. It’s going to be great for the sport and we’re going to make it a great night.”

“The fans should expect action on December 28. I’m going to give it my all and I’m going to put him down on his face.”

YURIORKIS GAMBOA

“I recognize that Gervonta has done great things so far in his career. He’s had his glory, and I’ve had mine. I’ve been champion in different weight classes. We’re putting the work in and I assure you December 28 will be a great test for both of us.”

“When I came out to Baltimore and knocked out Roman Martinez, I proved to the naysayers that I have a lot left in the tank. On December 28, my goal is to continue to prove everyone wrong.”

“I know that we’re both coming to win, but in my heart and my soul, I see myself winning on December 28. I’ll leave it all in the ring to do so.”

“Calvin Ford can say whatever he wants about how long I can stand up to the power, but it’s Gervonta who has to step in the ring with me. Come December 28, I’ll show everyone what I can do and prove everyone wrong.”

“Everyone in Atlanta is going to see a great war. It’s going to be two warriors fighting in the middle of that ring and may the best man win that night.”

“We sparred a few rounds before but I don’t remember much from it. It wasn’t in preparation for a fight or anything. What matters is the fight on December 28 and on that one, I’ll be at my best.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped get me this opportunity and of course the city of Atlanta for having me here to talk about this great event we’re going to have on December 28.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“I’m truly excited to be in this great city of Atlanta and to be bringing big time boxing to the city. Gervonta was very adamant about bringing this fight to his home away from home. After a huge turnout in Baltimore on July 27, what better city to bring a big time event to than Atlanta?”

“On December 28, I guarantee you the entire city will be lit. It will be a movie.”

“We have a great card from top to bottom.”

ABOUT DAVIS VS. GAMBOA

Davis vs. Gamboa will see two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Mayweather Promotions’ top rising star and boxing’s hottest attraction, as he takes on former unified world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa for the WBA Lightweight Title live on SHOWTIME Saturday, December 28 at the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta in a special year-end Premier Boxing Champions event.

The special holiday SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal battling two-division champion Badou Jack in the co-main event.

The championship showdown will be live from the award-winning State Farm Arena and is the first boxing title fight to take place in Atlanta since Evander Holyfield vs. Vaughn Bean on September 19, 1998.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, GTD Promotions and TGB Promotions, are available through Ticketmaster.com.

For more information, visit www.SHO.com/sports, www.PremierBoxingChampions.com, follow on Twitter @ShowtimeBoxing, @PremierBoxing, @MayweatherPromo, @TGBPromotions and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOBoxing

CONTACTS:

  • Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500, contact@swansonpr.com
  • Tim Smith, Premier Boxing Champions: timothy@haymonboxing.com
  • SHOWTIME Sports: (212) 708-1734
  • Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions: (702) 807-1788
  • TGB Promotions: (818) 817-8001
  • Steve Pratt, BZA: (310) 408-4555
  • Janet Smith, State Farm Arena PR: ArenaPR@hawks.com
  • State Farm Arena: (404) 878-3800

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