Tank Davis: “Greatness is just not going backwards”

Gervonta “Tank” Davis held his media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Gym on Wednesday to prepare for WBA super lightweight world champion Mario Barrios, and he looks to make history as the third fighter to hold world championships in three weight divisions simultaneously. Only Henry Armstrong and Canelo Alvarez were the others to accomplish that feat previously. While Davis has one of the highest knockout ratios in the sport (25 KOs in 26 fights), he will be going up against his biggest opponent yet as Barrios is 5 inches taller than the Baltimore native.

As he was going through his routine at the famed gym in Las Vegas with his head trainer Calvin Ford and others, those in attendance and watching on video saw the speed and power that he is known for but also his ability to box in the ring. He feels that is something that fans may not notice from him.

“People who are here in the gym with me see a lot of things that I don’t need to bring out, even in my fights,” Davis said after his workout. “Floyd (Mayweather) is always telling me to box and use my skills, and don’t always look for the knockout. This camp we’ve actually been working on getting back to that and letting the knockout come.”

The knockout that Davis is aiming for on June 26th may take some work as he is going up against a bigger opponent. He was aware of what some people’s thoughts were after his bout against Leo Santa Cruz last October so this bout he is out to prove that he can bang with anyone.

“My last fight people complained that Leo Santa Cruz was too small, so I’m basically going out there and showing that a size difference doesn’t matter,” he said. “I’m going to beat whoever they put in front of me. I’m trying to chase greatness.”

“For me, greatness is just not going backwards. I just want to keep going forward no matter what. No matter who’s in front of me, I just have to go through them. I’m always chasing greatness.”

Ford is familiar with Barrios as he seen him compete in the amateurs. He believes that the main focus for June 26th is to adjust to what Barrios is doing during the fight as he is familiar with Barrios’ trainer as well.

“When I started studying the opponent, his coach and I go way back in the amateurs. When we see each other, we know each other,” Ford said. “It’s about the minds. He knows his athlete and I know my athlete. That night, it’s about the minds. It’s about who is going to hold fast to what they’re supposed to be doing. That’s the fight for me.”

He is highly confident that Davis will be able to do anything in the ring on that night as he feels that Tank won’t need to show all of his skills.

“I wouldn’t say this is the toughest test of ‘Tank’s’ career because nobody can show me the best of ‘Tank’ yet. I know the best of ‘Tank’. Ya’ll ain’t seen ‘Tank’.”

Cover photo by Ryan Hafey of Premier Boxing Champions

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