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On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) scored a third-round TKO victory against Liam Walsh (21-1, 14 KOs) to successfully defend his IBF Super Featherweight title for the very first time at the Copper Box Arena in London, United Kingdom.
The fight was televised on Showtime in the U.S.
Davis, a 22-year-old native of Baltimore, Maryland, is the protege and heir to the throne of Floyd Mayweather and his promoted under his banner. Since making his debut in in February of 2013, he has knocked out nearly every single opponent.
In January of this year, Davis earned his first world title in seventh-round TKO victory against Jose Pedraza.
Tonight was Davis’ first title defense, and against a tough fighter in Liam Walsh, a 31-year-old native of the U.K. who, besides a hometown advantage, had an advantage in height and experience.
However, those advantages were no match for Davis’ explosiveness. After two rounds of tentatively thrown shots, Davis closed the distance in Round 3 to land hard left and right hooks.
Welsh attempt to hold Davis but did so unsuccessfully as pulled himself away to create enough distance to land several more hooks, causing the first and only knockdown of the fight.
Then, after Walsh got back to his feet after making the ten-count, Davis pushed forward to finish the job, landing a final flurry to force the referee to stop the fight.
Though perhaps it is too soon to fight the other titleholders in his division, Davis made a statement in a weight class that includes the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko, Miguel Berchelt and Jezreel Corrales, all of whom hold titles.
What did you think of Davis’ performance? The young champion went into foreign territory to defend his title, but do you think he is ready for unification?
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