Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis claimed the WBA ‘Super’ super-featherweight world title last weekend in one of the best performances of his career to date.
Indeed, it was a far cry from last year when he lost his title on the scales on the Mayweather vs McGregor undercard.
Davis’ humility afterwards last weekend showed a likable side to the talented young warrior.
He admitted that the hype of the whole Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor occasion got to him in the end.
Now that he knows that, he knows to watch out for it again in the future and going off his emphatic display last weekend at the Barclays in Brooklyn, he appears to more than understand that already.
For me, these were the main three things he did well all in all last weekend:
It was a major reason he was able to set up many of his attacks so successfully.
Whether on the front foot or the back foot, he was able to get an array of shots off with his superior positioning.
Set up by some truly sublime foot speed and use of angles.
Cuellar never had a chance in this department with all due respect.
Use of Distance
Every time Cuellar looked to step in and try to close the distance to land a shot, Davis had an almost sixth sense ability to sense it and just take that little half step back to keep him out of range of punch flurries coming his way.
Almost like how Wladimir Klitschko used to take back steps to avoid shots.
All be it in a much faster motion – from an obviously much lighter Davis.
Punch Variation / Shot Selection
Perhaps the most impressive thing I thought in the performance overall was Davis’ ability to mix up his work.
Whether it was the snappy jab, painful upper cuts or the big left hand straight down the middle.
Davis’ exemplary display of implementing the basics, complimented by his precocious physical gifts in the ring – was a joy to watch at times.
Let’s hope this new-found maturity in this outstanding, talented young fighter continues.