Sosa First Defense Set Against Davis ?



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.

Gervonta Davis Returns on Spike TV on Undercard of Adrien Broner vs Ashley Theophane


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. – On Friday night, April 1, 2016, undefeated super featherweight professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, Maryland/pro record: 14-0, with 13 KOs) returns to the ring at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., televised on Spike TV. Davis will face Guillermo Avila (Tijuana, Mexico/pro record: 16-5, with 13 KOs) in a ten-round bout. The Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV telecast begins at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT, with Davis-Avila opening the telecast. In the main event, Adrien Broner will defend his WBA Super Lightweight Title against Ashley Theophane. At Gervonta Davis’ media workout on March 23 at Upton Boxing Center, the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, honored Davis with a Certificate of Recognition for his leadership and community accomplishments. After receiving the award, Davis answered questions from the media and then sparred several rounds.

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, “It is great to see Gervonta Davis accomplish so much and I know that this is just the beginning. He is a role model to all the young men and women who come to Upton Boxing, and the youth of Baltimore look up to him. He carries himself with respect, and he has pride for his hometown. To be a great boxer, you must be disciplined, you must train hard, and you must be dedicated. Although Tank is only 21 years old, his achievements illustrate his commitment to these principles. I am so very proud of him. I am excited for his next fight on April 1.”

Davis’ boxing trainer, Calvin Ford (Upton Boxing Center/Baltimore, Maryland), said, “The amount of media at Tank’s workout at Upton Boxing Center reminded me of when Mayweather addressed the media in Las Vegas after his last fight. Tank did a great job of making himself accessible to every media outlet that came to see him. On April 1, I’m hoping Avila brings out some things in Tank that I know are in him, but haven’t come out yet. I want the world to see who Tank really is as a fighter. There are some issues that we are working on in the lab, so that we can have a great performance on Spike TV. We will continue to work all the way until fight time. I appreciate our mayor of Baltimore City getting behind Team Davis, continuing to support our team and Upton Boxing Center. Thank to you Mayweather Promotions for assisting us in everything we need to help prepare for the fight.”

The 21-year-old Davis discussed his media workout and his upcoming fight in Washington, D.C. He said, “I appreciate that the mayor came out to my media workout to support me. Thanks to the media that came out to see me get ready for another big TV appearance, and I’m just blessed to have my city of Baltimore behind me. It is important to me that I show the kids that there’s other ways to make it besides doing negative things. I am aware of what my opponent Avila brings and the experience he has. He’s tough, throws hard shots and is a good counter-puncher. I’m working hard in camp and I’m looking forward to returning to Spike TV again to put on another great show. Thank you to my team, Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions, Al Haymon, Nike Boxing, Athlete Performance Solutions, Shane Goodell, Rich Brand, Joe Fields, Just Your Touch Graphics, Events DC, Martez of Yekim, Cierge Luxury, and Ethika. Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you.”

Tickets to Gervonta Davis’ fight on April 1, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, About Billions Promotions, and Headbangers Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $50, and $25, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets,, Ticketmaster locations or call (800) 745-3000. The D.C. Armory is located at 2001 E Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. On fight night, doors open at 5:00pm. On Thursday, March 31, weigh-ins at the Gaylord National Harbor will begin at 1:00pm, and will be open to the public. The Gaylord is located at 201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.

Rances Barthelemy & Denis Shafikov Square-Off December 18 on Spike

LAS VEGAS (November 12, 2015) – Undefeated Cuban Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Russia’s Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) will fight for a lightweight world title on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday, December 18 from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will see cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) in a matchup with former world cruiserweight world champion Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs). Also featured on the telecast is undefeated junior middleweight Chris “Young King” Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) and rising unbeaten prospect Gervonta “Tank” Davis (13-0, 12 KOs) in separate attractions.
“On December 18 I’m going to make history by adding another world title to my collection,” said Barthelemy. “Shafikov is a very tough opponent and at this level everyone is dangerous. I’m taking this fight very seriously and the boxing world will take notice of my presence in the ring. Fans love to see action and that’s what I bring to every fight. I’m going to send a stern message to the world of boxing that I’m one of the best in the sport.”
“I’ve been preparing my whole life for this fight and to become a world champion,” said Shafikov. “This is my second world title fight and while I have a great deal of respect for Barthelemy, I will be victorious on December 18. My trainer Abel Sanchez and I have been working hard for the past couple of months and we will have a great game plan on fight night.”
“I am happy to get back in the ring again because I want to fight all of the best fighters in the cruiserweight division,” said Shumenov. “I would like to stay more active because I’m still developing. I am curious to see my progression and how I will do against the best cruiserweights.”
“I’m very excited to be fighting a well-known opponent in Las Vegas,” said Wlodarczyk. “Shumenov is a tricky guy, but he has no heart. He tried to run from the action in his last fight. I do not like to fight guys who run but if I want to fight the best I have to destroy this chicken and I will do it.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing, are priced at $100.50, and $25.50 plus applicable fees, and are on sale Friday, November 13. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the Pearl Box Office at 702-994-3200 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
“It’s a great pleasure to be promoting two world title fights on this outstanding night of boxing on Spike from Palms Casino Resort,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “In addition, Mayweather Promotions’ rising stars Chris Pearson and Gervonta Davis will enter the ring looking to remain unbeaten and get another step closer to a world title. It’s going to be a can’t-miss night of action.”
“We look forward to having Spike and Mayweather Promotions back to The Pearl for a night of action-packed bouts,” said Billy Conn, Vice President of Entertainment and Special Events at Palms Casino Resort.
A Cuban amateur national champion, the 29-year-old Barthelemy has yet to taste defeat since turning pro in 2009. Born in Cuba but now fighting out of Las Vegas, he won a super featherweight world title in July of last year by defeating Argenis Mendez in impressive fashion and followed that up with a second round TKO over Angino Perez. Most recently, he defeated former world champion Antonio DeMarco in convincing fashion in a PBC main event in June.
Having fought in eight countries throughout his pro career, the 30-year-old Shafikov brings a full career of experiences with him into his second world title opportunity on December 18. Born in Miass, Russia, he enters this fight having won three in a row by taking down Rustam Nugaev, Miguel Mendoza and Roy Mukhlis.  
A native of Shymkent, Kazakhstan fighting out of Las Vegas, Shumenov looks to build on his last fight, which saw him earn a cruiserweight crown by defeating B.J. Flores in July. The 32-year-old won a world title at light heavyweight by defeating Gabriel Campillo in Las Vegas in 2010. The 2004 Olympian for Kazakhstan went on to defend his title five times and will return to the scene of his latest triumph on December 18. 
A two-time world champion in the cruiserweight division, Warsaw, Poland’s Wlodarczyk looks to win a world title for a third time in his career at cruiserweight. The 34-year-old owns world title-winning victories over Steve Cunningham and Giacobbe Fragomeni. In his last world title reign Wlodarczyk defended his belt six times, including victories over Danny Green, Rakhim Chakhkiyev and Francisco Palacios.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Pearson has impressed with strong victories over Steve Martinez, Said El Harrak, Lanardo Tyner and previously unbeaten Acacio Joao Ferreira in four fights before he defeated Janks Trotter in September. The 24-year-old looks to continue to rise within the junior middleweight division and cement his contender status on December 18.
A highly-regarded prospect who won the 2012 National Gloves championship, the 21-year-old Davis has already recorded four stoppage victories in 2015. Most recently, the Baltimore-native stopped former world champion Cristobal Cruz with a vicious combination in their October fight.
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