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FLOYD MAYWEATHER TAKES BALTIMORE’S GERVONTA “TANK” DAVIS UNDER HIS WING
In early July, Davis traveled to multiple cities with Floyd Mayweather and The Money Team, and has joined his training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. – This month, undefeated twenty year-old featherweight professional boxer, Gervonta "Tank" Davis (Baltimore, Maryland/pro record: 11-0, 10 KOs) accompanied top pound-for-pound welterweight boxing champion, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (Las Vegas, Nevada/pro record: 48-0, 26 KOs), on trips to New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, St. Louis, and Kansas City. He travelled on Floyd’s private jet, participated in Mayweather’s public appearances, observed his business dealings, and took a ride with him on his yacht. Davis is now in Las Vegas, training alongside Mayweather at his gym, Mayweather Boxing Club. Mayweather started training camp in preparation for his next scheduled fight, September 12 at the MGM Grand’s Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In Davis’ previous fight on May 22, 2015, Davis needed just one minute and fifteen seconds to defeat Mexico’s Alberto “Ironman” Mora (5-4-0, w/ 1 KO) by TKO at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Gervonta Davis said, "Floyd has taken an interest in me because he believes that I can be the next big star in boxing, and he knows I’ve put in work to be ready for that next level. Having an opportunity to travel with The Money Team has been a dream come true. I grew up watching all Floyd’s fights. He is a great teacher, and I’m learning a lot of positive things from him, especially about the business of boxing. He has built himself to be the richest athlete in sports. I feel truly blessed that he would want to give me advice that will help me in my career. He is the top boxer of my generation, both in and outside the ring. I’m going to listen to everything he says and share what I learn with the young fighters that come into the sport after me.”
Davis continued, “This week, I was in a room with both Floyd and my manager, Al Haymon, and both are really excited about my future in boxing. I had a conversation with Al, and he is very supportive of me and my goals. I will continue to work hard, and I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted on my next fight and opponent when everything becomes official. My story is really big for my city of Baltimore, and proof that hard work can take you to the next level, no matter where you come from. I really appreciate all the supportive messages I’ve received on social media from everyone. Keep supporting me, and I'll fight for you."
Davis’ boxing trainer Calvin Ford (Upton Boxing Gym) said, "Floyd’s involvement has been a great learning experience for Tank, and it is a huge story for the Baltimore City Parks and Recreation programs. Gervonta started boxing at Upton Boxing Gym on Pennsylvania Avenue, and to have him reach the highest level in his sport shows that this can happen to other kids if they put in the work, believe in what they are doing, and get support from their city. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next for Gervonta and Team Davis.”
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*Photo Credits:
Pics of Gervonta Davis & Floyd Mayweather - courtesy of Team Davis
Studio pic of Gervonta Davis - courtesy of Trevor Holman (@HolmanPhotos)
Dusty’s TKO Performance Headlines Big Night for Boxing in D.C.
by: Mike WrightMay 19, 2013

It was a sold out affair May 18 at UDC sports complex as the “Champion Class” fight card finally arrived, with undefeated welterweight boxer Dusty Hernandez Harrison (15-0 record, 8 KOs) headlining the event.

Crowds of boxing fans came out to support the local D.C. talent and got their money worth on a night where knockouts seemed to be the norm.

There were several bouts on the undercard, including a dominating performance by Bowie, Md. native Jerry Odom (4-0 record, 4 KOs). Odom, a super middleweight, used a series of crushing body shots to dispatch Monroe, Mich. native Andrew Morias (1-2 record) by TKO with 1:09 left in the first round.

In the light heavyweight bout later that night, Alexandria, Va.-born Patrick Coye (1-0 record, 1 KO) picked up his first win as a professional by knocking out Charles Parker of Wilson, N.C.

In the heavyweight and featherweight bouts, respectively, both Natu Visinia (9-0 record, 8 KOs) of Lakewood, Calif. and Kevin Rivers Jr. (7-0 record, 5 KOs) of Landover, Md. also picked up big wins.

But the story of the night was Hernandez Harrison and his very impressive performance against Eddie Soto (12-7 record) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

As soon as Harrison entered the arena accompanied by rap artists Wale, Shy Glizzy, and Lightshow, the electricity of the crowd was at a fever pitch and the fighter did not disappoint. Though the first round was clearly a “feel them out” type of round, Harrison eventually found his groove and landed a strong right shortly before the end of the second round.

In the rounds that followed, Harrison’s speed and length were a problem for Soto as Harrison tagged his opponent with jabs and combos, leading to a TKO stoppage at 2:48 of the fifth round.

”I knew he liked the big over hand right so I knew I had to be careful, that’s why I was so patient,” Harrison said after the fight. “I learned that I can make adjustments; going into the fight I wanted to go all body but during the fight I saw that I can mix it up.”

Harrison said he was amazed by the fan support that showed up for his 15th professional fight.

“I love it! I said if I was going to be a boxer I wanted to be one for the fans,” he said. “I love fighting here and hopefully I can bring a championship to the District.”

Harrison said he would seek a bout with former world champion boxer Amir Khan, a popular fighter signed under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

“There's truth behind [my interest in fighting Khan],” Dusty said. “No, [it won’t happen too] quickly, because I have to put my work in just like he did to get to that point. It’s probably a year maybe a year and a half down the road and I'm not throwing him out there for the money like everyone else has. We had a disagreement at my gym and it’s a little more personal than the money and I'll do the fight for as much as I did this fight for.”

Jeff Fried from All-In Entertainment also weighed in on the opportunity for Dusty to fight Khan.

“He is continuing to develop and at the right time; Dusty can take anyone on at the right time,” Fried said. “He has to continue to develop, he’s at the right pace and you will be seeing him in some major fights down the road.”

Mike Wright is co-host "FSP Crew Show" at http://blogtalkradio.com/vichbk and a sports contributor for http://afro.com. Follow Mike on Twitter @FSPCrewShow.

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