Fighter of the Week: Tank Davis

In what was the most action-packed weekend of boxing this year and likely the most action-packed weekend post-pandemic, picking this week’s Fighter of the Week award was no easy task, especially when you factor in all of the upsets on the PBC Sunday matinee card. However, one body shot turned the weekend’s biggest fight around, answered Floyd Mayweather’s questions, and made Gervonta “Tank” Davis a simultaneous three-division world champion. Proving that the Santa Cruz win wasn’t just weight bullying that Davis really had special, explosive, power and stopped a naturally bigger world championship-caliber fighter.  Tank’s 11th round come from behind knockout secured him his 25th win 24th by way of knockout,  the WBA belt in the 140-pound weight class to add to his WBA belts at 130 and 135 and our FIghter of the Week award.

 Tank walked into the ring a better than 2-1 favorite, if Barrios was going to pull the upset he was going to have to pile up the early rounds and keep his shorter opponent at the end of his punches.  He was executing the game plan perfectly seemingly putting the first four rounds in the bank, but Tank was getting closer and starting to land. By the 5th round Davis starting landing big left hands that started to swell up the side of the champion’s face. Barrios fought valiantly and seemed to be up by several points on the unofficial cards going into the eighth. When things seemed to change, The Texan was still firing from the outside but the Baltimorean changed things getting to and dropping the champion twice and seemingly evening up the cards. It looked like it was just a matter of time for El Azteca. However, Barrios had far different plans putting together his best round in the ninth and seemingly hurt the smaller Davis numerous times in the round. The 10th started as the ninth ended with Barrios in charge and landing power shots and backing Tank into the ropes. However, things changed the last minute of the 10th and Tank landed big right hooks and left hand and it looked again as if Barrios was fading. Midway into the 11th the challenger landed a massive uppercut to the solar plexus of the champion and dropped him like a building collapsing on itself. The champ showing his Aztec spirit somehow made it to his feet and fought on, but he was unable to stand up straight and was protecting the midsection. He became a sitting target and Tank loaded up and a single massive left hand that buckled the wounded champion and referee Thoams Taylor came rushing in to waive the bout off. 

Following a career-best performance and win, the 26-year-old Baltimore native should be in the catbird seat for any of the premier names in the absolutely loaded lightweight division, Teofimo Lopez, Vasyl Lomachenko,  Ryan Garcia, or Devin Haney. However, Floyd  Mayweather said that were only going to fight in-house fighters Promotions and the company CEO Leonard Ellerbe said he was not going to continue to campaign at 140, it kind of shortens the list of high-level fights for Tank. The two best names each fight this week upcoming. Brooklyn, NY  native Chris “Prime Time” Colbert is a sensational 130-pound prospect who takes on former world champion challenger “King” Tug Nyambayar, should he excel in this fight he will likely move to the head of the list. As well as lightweight Dominican stand out Michel Rivera, who fights in the Colbert-Nyambayar co-main. Neither name equates to huge numbers but with the current blueprint combined with the political landscape of boxing those are the likeliest of options.

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