Gervonta "Tank" Davis makes the 2nd defence of his WBA Super World Super featherweight title against 25-year-old Panamanian Ricardo Nunez in hometown Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday 27th July. Davis had previously held the IBF version, losing that bauble when he failed to make the championship weight in his 2nd defence against Francisco Fonseca in August 2017.
To many boxing experts, Davis is the biggest threat to pound for pound No1 Vasiliy Lomachenko. Lomachenko is operating in the 135lb Lightweight division and Davis at 130lbs. Should the two ever meet in the ring it will be a mega-event that the likes of only Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather could replicate.
For the time being the 21-0 Davis has to defend his Super-featherweight belt and Ricardo "El Cientifico" Nunez is the latest challenger to try and topple the champion. Nunez has 19 stoppages in his 21 wins with 2 losses so appears to carry a big punch, but a close look at his record shows that he has not faced a high level of opposition. He travelled to Mexico in June 2018 and knocked out the unbeaten Elvis Torres in the 1st round. Torres holds 8 round decision wins over Adrian Young, who we recently saw losing to Luke Campbell, and Enrique Tinoco who took the unbeaten record of Jordon Gill in May, so he is capable of winning on the road.
Gervonta Davis in his hometown would be a hard night for the very best Super-featherweights, including WBC champion Miguel Berchelt, WBO holder Jamel Herring or IBF champ Tevin Farmer who would all start as underdogs. Nunez will have to come up with a performance above the level of anything he has produced before just to hear the final bell.
Prediction: This has all the hallmarks of an early stoppage for the heavy-handed champion. I'm going for Davis to Ko Nunez inside 4 rounds.