Sosa First Defense Set Against Davis ?

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By Seamus McNally

Baltimore junior lightweight Gervonta “Tank” Davis (16–0, 15 KOs) looks be in line for biggest fight of his career this fall in a rumored bout with WBA champion Jason Sosa (19–1–4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey. While both camps are working to make the official, the target date for the title bout looks to be October 22. Premier Boxing Champions, created by Davis’s manager Al Haymon, has a card scheduled that day on NBC but no confirmation has been made of the Sosa-Davis fight appearing on the show if the bout gets made official in the coming days.

Davis has been in talks to face IBF Champion Jose Pedraza and Sosa was in talks to face WBA ‘Super’ Champion Jezreel Corrales but neither fights came to fruition to this point. Sosa presents the toughest fight of Davis’s career by far, with Davis never having faced a top-ten fighter before. Sosa won his title with a come from behind 11th round stoppage of previously unbeaten Javier Fortunua on June 24th in Beijing, China. Sosa made his national TV debut in the fight before Fortuna when he fought to a disputed majority draw against Nicholas Walters in December 2015 on HBO in a fight many thought Walters deserved to win.

Davis signed with Floyd Mayweather’s promotional company Mayweather Promotions last summer and made his national TV debut on Showtime in September with a first round knockout of Recky Dulay on the Mayweather-Berto undercard. Davis has fought on national TV three more times since, once on Bounce TV against Cristobal Cruz and twice on Spike TV against Luis Sanchez and Guillermo Avila. All three bouts ended in a Davis knockout victory. Davis’s last fight was June 3 in Florida on the non-televised portion of a PBC on Spike card. He was able to knockout Mario Macias Rorozco in just 41 seconds.

Davis looks to extend his knockout streak to eight against Sosa and become the first titleholder from Baltimore since Hasim Rahman became the undisputed heavyweight world champion back in 2001.

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