Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gervonta Davis Adds His Name To The List Of Champions In The Washington,DC, Maryland, And Virginia Area!


On Saturday night, January 14, 2017, undefeated professional boxer, Gervonta "Tank" Davis (Baltimore, Maryland) won his first world title by defeating IBF World Super Featherweight Champion, Jose Pedraza (Cidra, Puerto Rico). Davis-Pedraza was scheduled for 12 Rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, live on SHOWTIME. 
At the beginning of Round 7, Davis went on an aggressive offensive attack that ended with a huge right hook that floored the champion. Pedraza made it to his feet, but Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight at 2:36 of round 7. Davis improved to 17-0, 16 by KO, while Pedraza’s record dropped to 22-1, with 12 KOs. Davis joined Joe Gans, Vincent Pettway, and Hasim Rahman as Baltimore’s only boxing world champions. Davis, 22, became the youngest boxer from Baltimore to win a world title.

Davis’ longtime boxing trainer, Calvin Ford of Upton Boxing Center in Baltimore, Maryland said, “This training camp was a team effort and was put together with minimal funding. Our sparring partners sacrificed their bodies to help us win this title. We received some great work from Drew Correll, Jerome Featherstone, James Winchester, Skip Crumpler and his team, and from two 2016 Olympians, Richardson Hitchins and Shakur Stevenson. Everyone did a great job of preparing Tank for Pedraza.

History was made on January 14, 2017. I remember all the days that our team talked about winning a world title. Tank would dream about walking to the ring and seeing the crowd cheering and the lights shining down on him. It was amazing to see that actually happen that night. He showed a lot of poise for a young boxer going up against a veteran world champion. Tank trained seriously for this fight. Pedraza took a lot of punishment and was still able to last six rounds before being stopped in the seventh round.

I have always said that Tank has an advanced ring I.Q. for a boxer. He fights like he belongs on this level. Everyone that knows Tank has witnessed the ability that he possesses. I’ve been his coach from day one, having competed and traveled with him from the amateurs to the pros. After all the work we’ve put in together, it was great to win on the big stage. We look forward to the challenges ahead.

It was fulfilling to see Tank win a world title, but it’s just as fulfilling to be officially stamped as a world class pro boxing trainer. After the fight, Floyd Mayweather spoke highly of me, and my team, and I felt honored. He said that more teams should be like ours, and that made me proud. For the city of Baltimore, this victory shows that hard work does pay off. For the young kids that are coming behind Tank, it gives them hope that their dreams can come true.”

The 22-year-old Davis discussed winning his first world title. He said, “Going into this fight, so many people had me as an underdog and said I didn’t have a chance to win. They said I didn’t have enough fights, I wouldn’t make weight and wasn’t focused enough, but I showed them that they were wrong. In this training camp, my coach and my team sat me down. They told me I was all over the place and that’s not me. They explained what I was going into and told me everyone makes mistakes, but this is your chance to make things right. I was reminded of all the stuff we have been through and we came up with a plan to win. We had short goals and long goals to make sure I was on point during the camp.

I had some good days and some bad ones, but when I followed the plan, I saw great results. Chris and Jason Nissley of Knockout Fitness helped with planning and making my meals for camp. Changing my diet for this camp helped a lot, and I learned how to eat better. My strength coach, Rashawn “Russ” Blakney, pushed me hard every day. Coach Kenny Ellis assisted Coach Calvin a lot in camp and always made me laugh.

One of the goals we had in camp was to make weight. I had to make 130 or I wouldn’t be able to fight for the title. At the weigh-in, I came in at 129. At the fight, I was ready to go. I did what I had prepared to do, and now I can live knowing I completed one of my goals. Floyd Mayweather recruited me to Mayweather Promotions because he felt that I would be a star in the sport of boxing. I’m grateful that I was put in position to prove that my name should be mentioned with the best fighters in the world. I won this title in my 17th pro fight, one fight earlier than Floyd did it. I’m here to represent Mayweather Promotions as a world champion, and I will be that next big pay-per-view star.

Thank you to Jose Pedraza and his team for giving me the opportunity to fight for his title. Thanks Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions, Al Haymon, Nike Boxing/Athlete Performance Solutions and Shane Goodell, Dr. Eric Ritter, Joe Fields of Goodlyfe Creative, Martez Malone of Yekim, Mike Wilbar from Hagerstown Boxing, massage therapist Kim Conley, Baltimore City Parks and Recreation, Tom Ingegno at Charm City Integrative Health Clinic, Detrell Wright of Tvche, Melvin Rogers of Just Your Touch Graphics, Terrell Barnes of Rich Brand Clothing, and Ethika. I love my city of Baltimore. My city has been through a lot, but we always make it through the hard times. Winning this title makes me want to work harder for the ones that are coming behind me. I hope I can just inspire people to never give up, keep fighting, and doing great things. Keep supporting me, and I'll fight for you."

*Photo Credits
Fight pics: courtesy of Team Davis/Mayweather Promotions
Strap season pic, Media workout pic and NYC pic: courtesy of Kevin White
Post fight pic on ropes: courtesy of Marilyn Paulino

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Fight Recap

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Take A Look At The Televised Boxing Schedule For The Weeks To Me


Thursday, January 19 2017
Palladium, Worcester, Massachusetts
Irvin Gonzalez vs. Oscar Eduardo Quezada
Ray Graceski vs. Ralph Johnson
Ranse Andino vs. Jonathan Perez
Chuck Shearns vs. Shavonote Dixon

Friday, January 20 2017
Bally's Event Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Adam Lopez vs. Danny Roman
Ronald Ellis vs. Christopher Brooker
Kenneth Sims Jr. vs. Wellington Romero
Stephon Young vs. Daniel Rosas

Saturday, January 21 2017
Sun National Bank Center, Trenton, New Jersey
Zab Judah vs. Jorge Luis Munguia
Derrick Webster vs. Thomas Awimbono

Saturday, January 21 2017
UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Achour Esho vs. Anthony Abbruzzese
Josh Hernandez vs. TBA

Saturday, January 21 2017
Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Cedric Vitu vs. Isaac Real

Saturday, January 21 2017
Struer Arena, Struer, Denmark
Patrick Nielsen vs. Beibi Berrocal
Dina Thorslund vs. Xenia Jorneac
Abdul Khattab vs. Arman Torosyan

Saturday, January 28 2017
Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt
(WBC junior lightweight title)

Takashi Miura vs. Miguel "Mickey" Roman

Saturday, January 28 2017
Claridge Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Thomas LaManna vs. TBA

Saturday, January 28 2017
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz
(WBA featherweight title)

Dejan Zlaticanin vs. Mikey Garcia
(WBC lightweight title)

Sunday, January 29 2017
Studio City, Macau, China
Jerwin Ancajas vs. Jose Alfredo Rodriguez
(IBF junior bantamweight title)

Bogdan Dinu vs. Raphael Tronche

PBC on FS1/Fox Deportes
Thursday, February 2 2017
Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
Sammy Vasquez Jr. vs. Luis Collazo
Yordenis Ugas vs. Levan Ghvamichava
Ryan Karl vs. Eddie Ramirez

Friday, February 3 2017
Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, South Australia
Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green

Friday, February 10 2017
Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma
Ivan Baranchyk vs. Abel Ramos
Trey Lippe-Morrison vs. TBA

PBC on Bounce TV
Friday, February 10 2017
Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio
Robert Easter Jr. vs. Luis Cruz
(IBF lightweight title)

Rau'Shee Warren vs. Zhanat Zhakiyanov
(WBA bantamweight title)

Saturday, February 11 2017
Westcroft Leisure Centre, Carshalton, Surrey, United Kingdom
Lenny Daws vs. Anthony Yigit

Friday, February 17 2017
Chase Center, Wilmington, Delaware
Roy Jones Jr. vs. Bobby Gunn

Saturday, February 18 2017
U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados

Gary Russell Jr. vs. Oscar Escandon
(WBC featherweight title)

Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley
(WBC junior middleweight title)

Friday, February 24 2017
Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec
Eleider "Storm" Alvarez vs. Lucian Bute

Friday, February 24 2017
Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas
Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland

Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores
(WBA junior featherweight title)

PBC on Fox
Saturday, February 25 2017
Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Deontay Wilder vs. Andrzej Wawrzyk
(WBC heavyweight title)

Dominic Breazeale vs. Artur Szpilka
Travis Kauffman vs. Amir Mansour

Thursday, March 2 2017
Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan
Felix Verdejo vs. Oliver Flores
Christopher Diaz vs. Efrain Esquivias

Saturday, March 4 2017
TBA, New York
Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia
(WBA/WBC welterweight titles)

Erickson Lubin vs. Jorge Cota

Saturday, March 4 2017
National Stadium Gymnasium, Bangkok
Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan "Churritos" Hernandez Navarrete
(WBC World flyweight title)

Saturday, March 4 2017
O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London
Tony Bellew vs. David Haye

Saturday, March 18 2017
Madison Square Garden, New York
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs
(WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight title)

Saturday, April 29 2017
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko
(IBF, WBA heavyweight title)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gervonta Davis Changed His Career After Seven Rounds Of Boxing!

Throughout 2016 the boxing world added a familiar up and coming name to their list of fighters to watch. That name is Gervonta Davis.

Undefeated Baltimore, Maryland fighter, Gervonta Davis 17-0, (16 KO's), who is also a Mayweather Promotions fighter has been nationally televised a few times, and will continue to be when he defeated Jose Pedraza for the IBF Jr Lightweight title live on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

As the champion coming into the contest Pedraza was competitive in the first five rounds, but Davis’ speed and power started to prove to be too much as the rounds continued.  It was a sixth round body shot that clearly showed to be the deciding factor to change the will of Pedraza wanting to continue the fight.  In the seventh, Davis landed a hard right hook to the side of the head of Pedraza putting him down on the canvas. Pedraza did get up, but the fight was stopped there, as Pedraza was in no condition to continue.

Davis:  "It feels great to win my first belt," Davis said. "It was a lot of hard work, but it means a lot to me that I had a great performance and boxed really well. I appreciate the best boxer in the world backing me, Floyd Mayweather."