Tank or Loma: Who Is The One?

If Vasyl Lomachenko was fighter of the year in 2017 which is certainly a reasonable argument to make. Stopping Guillermo Rigondeaux, Miguel Marriaga, and  Jason Sosa a perfect 3-for-3 with 3 stoppages is quite a resume. There was another highly touted fighter at the same weight class he went 3-0 with 3 KOs and he did it against three undefeated fighters that shouldn’t have been too far down the list of fighter of the year candidates. Gervonta “Tank” Davis stopped three fighters with a combined record of 62-0-1. He emerged on to the scene in January of 2017 with a dominating performance over Jose Pedraza on the Badu Jack Vs James Degale undercard. He doubled up on that and become one of the most talked about fighters in boxing by knocking out Liam Walsh in the third round in the UK just four months later. Three months after that, Davis knocked out mostly unknown but undefeated prospect Francisco Fonseca on The Mayweather-McGregor undercard. The knockout was controversial and his performance was underwhelming. In addition, Tank missed weight and surrendered his belt on the scale. Losing his belt and an underwhelming performance combined with the little bit of legal hot water he found himself in lead many experts and fans to call him an over-rated hype job and comparing him to Adrien Broner became common talking points by fans and pundits across the boxing community. That’s a lot to put on the shoulders of a 22-year- old with tremendous talent and unmitigated success thru this point of his career.

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Not too often does a fighters perceived star rise and crash as quickly as Tanks did in 2017. Tank has a get back fight scheduled for April 21st against tough Argentine veteran Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar. Cellular lost a close decision to Abner Mares in his last outing and has high quality wins against world class opposition such as Vic Darchinyan, Rico Ramos, Oscar Escandon, Juan Manuel Lopez and Claudio Marrero. Some consider this the biggest test of Tanks career others view Cellular as a shot fighter jumping up to another weight class to fight a really big 130 pounder and that this is a cherry pick. The truth is if Tank is who we thought he was he should win. Tank is a tremendously talented, athletic and gifted fighter. He is a southpaw with tremendous speed, one punch power, really mobile legs who fights really well in the pocket. If Tank is successful a career-defining fight and a shot at greatness may be next.  A shot at Pound For Pound elite Vasyl Lomachenko is rumored to be next. The Matrix will certainly be a sizeable favorite over Tank and rightfully so. Especially since this fight is predicated on Loma defeating Jorge Linares and taking his WBA 135 pound strap which would make Loma a three-division world champion. Loma has a better resume has a win over future HOFer Guillermo Rigondeaux, has more experience in big fights and makes everyone quit on the stool.
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Both promoters (Mayweather and Top Rank) have confirmed this is being discussed. If it does come off later this year. It will be two special talents squaring off. Each fighter posses unique talent and attributes. And almost everyone will pick Lomachenko. However, Tank has a legitimate chance in this fight. With Tanks unbelievable skill set he has a legitimate chance against any fighter from 130-135lbs. In a fight that screams “Fight of The Year” Tank will present a challenge that Lomachenko has not yet seen. A southpaw who is naturally bigger and stronger than him that can match him for athleticism and speed and who punches like a tank.
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The constant comparison to AB is certainly not completely fair. Tank hasn’t been dominated like Broner has. He hasn’t been outboxed like Broner has and Tank isn’t afraid to let his hands go and doesn’t get hit as much as Broner does. Tank, is now just 23 and did stupid things that 23-year-olds who get sudden wealth and fame do. Lomachenko is going to have his hands full, to say the least. The Matrix will rightfully be a solid betting favorite, and this is not a formal endorsement or Tank. The Fight Doc will make his official diagnosis and prediction on fight week, should this fight come off. Gervonta “Tank” Davis has been a handful a constant headline, and not for good reasons. None of the headlines, however, has anything to do with his ability in the ring. However, Tank has all of the skills and attributes to be the one that solves the matrix
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