The two time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa met face-to-face in Atlanta today as they are getting prepared to fight each other at the State Farm Arena on Saturday, December 28th. It will be shown live on Showtime and is the first championship fight in the city since 1998. The fight will be for the vacant WBA lightweight championship.
Davis (22-0, 21 KOs) and Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) are coming off knockout wins that they scored at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, with Davis defeating Ricardo Nunez and Gamboa beating Roman Martinez to set up this fight. This will be Davis first fight in the lightweight division, while Gamboa has fought for a world title in the division but lost to Terence Crawford. Both fighters know the significance of this bout as the winner could be in position for huge fights at lightweight.
As a world champion moving up, Davis knows that this fight with Gamboa will be a challenge. “Coming up in weight is something that I know I have to do to be great,” Davis said in the press conference. “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.”
“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.”
Gamboa expects to be the underdog in the fight on December 28th, but he also wants to come out as the victor. The 12 year veteran wants to show the 22 year old a thing or two in the ring, and that he has a few tools left to show the world when they fight.
“I recognize that Gervonta has done great things so far in his career,” Gamboa stated. “He’s had his glory, and I’ve had mine. 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.”
This should lead to a great fight ahead of us in Atlanta on December 28th, as both know that there is a lot on the line. On the co-feature, the WBA light heavyweight title will be on the line as former champions Jean Pascal and Badou Jack will fight for that belt. Leonard Ellerbe, who is promoting this event that will be held in Atlanta, is excited to bring the action to the State Farm Arena.
“I’m truly excited to be in this great city of Atlanta and to be bringing big time boxing to the city,” Ellerbe said. “On December 28 I guarantee you the entire city will be lit. It will be a movie.”
Photos by Amanda Westcott