By Sam Volz: Fans still believe Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis will be fighting Abner Mares in January when the secondary WBA lightweight champion returns to the ring.
Tank (27-0, 25 KOs) will get a lot of stick from boxing fans when/if the Mares fight is announced because the former three-division world champion hasn’t won a fight since 2017, and younger people have never heard of him.
Mares could be the best option for Tank Davis in his January fight, considering how Tank Davis is separated from the quality guys at 135 because of network and promotional issues. At least the older hardcore boxing fans have heard of Mares and will remember him during his heyday between 2010 & 2015.
Negotiations for Tank’s primary target against Ryan Garcia, social media/boxer hybrid Ryan Garcia DAZN wants a dual promotion and dual broadcast sharing arrangement with Showtime. Without Showtime letting DAZN put on the fight, there won’t be a Tank vs. Ryan fight.
Tank has waited a long time to get a fight with Ryan, 23 years old. Many fans want him to move on. There are better fighters than Ryan that would be easy fights for Tank to fight, but Mayweather Promotions hasn’t attempted to make those matches.
Tank fighting these high-quality fighters would be possible if Ryan Garcia was not fought.
Despite Tank’s recent denials on social media about him not fighting the 36-year-old Mares (31-3-2, 15 KOs), fans still believe that’s the guy he’ll be defending against on Showtime pay-per-view.
It’ll be a tough sell on PPV, but then again, so were Tank’s fights against Rolly Romero, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Leo Santa Cruz.
Gervonta’s career is arguably stunted due to his promoters at Mayweather Promotions keeping im away from the quality guys at lightweight.
The former three-division world champion Tank is 28 now, and he’ll be 3o before you know it. The sad thing is, he still hasn’t fought for a major belt at lightweight, and he’s rotting on the vine, wasting his career fighting poor opposition like Rolly, and Ryan Garcia.
Tank hasn’t fought for a major belt since moving up to the 135-lb division. He holds the secondary WBA Belt, even though he should be challenging for the more prestigious WBA belt or any of the three other titles.