By Mark Elezaj
Baltimore – Gervonata Davis (22-0, 21 KOs), defended his WBA junior lightweight championship last night, beating Ricardo Nunez via second-round TKO in front of a home crowd inside Royal Farms Arena.
From the opening bell, Nunez looked to be the aggressor, backing Davis into the corner while throwing a hard right to his body. Davis, however, was able to move out of the corner and push the action back to the center of the ring. With just under 30 seconds left in the first round, Davis landed two straight left hands that caught Nunez’s attention.
In the second round, Nunez looked to push the action again, but was unable to land anything significant. Davis then caught Nunez with a left hand that staggered him, backing him into the ropes. Davis unleashed a vicious left hook that rocked Nunez’s head back. After an onslaught of punches, the referee jumped in, stopping the fight at 1:33 of the second round.
Nunez tried to protest the stoppage, but referee Harvey Dock explained why he stopped it.
“He got hit by a couple of big shots and I decided to stop it,” Dock said. “I thought he was defenseless at that point and he was.”
After the fight, Davis started off by showing his respect to the boxers who recently passed away this past week.
“Condolences to the two fighters who died this week, but tonight we showed out,
“It was amazing to fight in front of my friends and family. It means a lot. This is not just a win for me, but a win for Baltimore.”
When asked about the stoppage, Davis responded,
“You always have to be ready,” Davis said. “He was not alert. He was holding and I took my shot. Protect yourself at all times. That’s the first rule we know.”
When asked who he wants to face next,
“I have the WBA belt, I had the IBF belt. Tevin Farmer fought tonight and I want Tevin next,” Davis said. “It’s a fight that can be made so let’s get it on this year. I’m only 24, I’m young, I’m learning and we are progressing.”Tonight, we showed out. It was amazing to fight in front of my friends and family. It means a lot, not just a win for me but this was a win for Baltimore.”
Floyd Mayweather, Davis’ promoter, expressed his feelings on the young star.
“This guy is a pay-per-view star,” Mayweather said. “He’s young, charismatic and has a great team.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~