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Gervonta Davis to defend title against Francisco Fonseca on Aug. 26

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Gervonta Davis is Floyd Mayweather’s protege, and perhaps his most talented boxer fighting under the Mayweather Promotions banner.

Now, Davis will be able to showcase his stuff on the big stage as the co-feature on the Mayweather-McGregor undercard. He’ll defend his junior lightweight title against untested prospect Francisco Fonseca on August 26 in Las Vegas.

The plan was to match Davis with former titleholder Roman Martinez, but the Puerto Rican is not in training and wouldn’t be able to make the 130-pound limit, a source told RingTV.com.

Davis is just 22 years old, but he’s quickly risen as a name to watch with his poise, tremendous power and TV-friendly style.

“I’m really excited to fight as the co-main event on the biggest card in combat sports history,” said Davis, who is the youngest-reigning champion in the United States. “I plan to put on a great show for everyone in attendance in Las Vegas and for those who purchase the PPV. I want to thank my team for this incredible opportunity. I’m ready for Floyd Mayweather to pass his torch to me.”

Davis (18-0, 17 knockouts) has scored nine consecutive victories inside the distance, and it’s likely Fonseca will make it 10. The Costa Rican’s lone blemish came in his pro debut, but his opposition has been weak.

“I am super grateful for this great opportunity,” said Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs). “The dream of every young boxer is to fight for the world title and this opportunity comes at the best moment of my career and in the biggest in the history of this sport. I will beat Gervonta Davis and I will shock the world that night.”

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Chris Gonzalez

    Davis said he doesnt want to fight Lomachencko cause he doesnt have enough fans to make it a big enough fight for him. yet he’s fighting this no-name.

    • wrecksracer

      I bet he uses numbers from the Mayweather fight to price himself out of any fight he doesn’t want. “I did x number of PPV sales” lol

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        You guys are creating possible future excuse to discredit this kid, when in reality he’s further along than Lomo was at the same time.That’s some real Hoe shit.

        • Frank-dogg

          Loma was 396-1 in the amateurs, two gold medals, two weight division champ with only 10 pro fights, the only lost came from an over weight journeyman on his 2nd pro fight, and I could go on and on. No one is discrediting lil G (Gervonta), but even Floyd knows lil G ain’t nowhere near Loma levels. I get it, there’s no rush to unify and we’ll never see him fight Loma because everyone knows that’s a mismatch as it is, but Give credit where credit is due.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Nope…..That’s like saying a guy was a good college athlete. Respect is earned and he hasn’t done shit yet. Like I said, Floyd started at the same weight as Lomo at a much younger age and eventually won a title at 154 against Oscar. lets see him go beat Mikey and Bud. Then move to 147 and beat some Porters, Thurman’s or Spence’s. That’s what great fighter do, they don’t just dominate a bunch of teenagers in headgear.

          • Frank-dogg

            Eventually brother! Time will only tell. Loma is 5’7 and in 6-7 years I guarantee you he’ll be at 140lbs easy, maybe 147 crossing my fingers. And Yes, I understand your point of view, but In a short spand of time Loma has accomplish a lot. You can’t take that from him. Lol Dude it took 20 pro bouts for Davis to get a crack on Pedraza. 3 bouts for Loma to whoop on Gary. Come on bro!!

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Gary said he was sick. Why not just run that back, rather than the last few guys he’s fought. His last fight was horrible. He needs to walk the walk and there are a ton of true tests out there for him. Your best win can’t be over another prospect. Time to step up…….after all he will be 30 in two months. SMH

          • Frank-dogg

            Look! You know you have no argument. You like to go against the grain and that’s fine. I get “fans like you”. What do you think if Loma fights against Rigo? You’ve be satisfied then?

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            You’ve been owned and just wanna argue, and you already know what I think about that fight. Why go down and fight a guy who has never boxed above 118 when you can go up 5lbs and fight a money fight against a guy his own size. He’s dodging guys and you guys are making him out to be an ATG. He hasn’t done shit to earn the buzz being bestowed upon him. Beat Mikey or Bud and then we can talk. FOH

          • Frank-dogg

            Yeah have mayweather fight GGG then he’ll really be an ATG. LOL Instead he’s McGregor because the fans wants to see it. Really?! GTFOH

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Let’s let baby g go fight SOG. -_-

          • Orca

            If you;d ever seen Loma and Garcia standing next to each other, you;d realise they are not the same size.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            But Lomo is great…….right? Visit Boxrec and look at their size listings. There is no reason why they shouldn’t meet. Mikey will win impressively.

          • Rick

            He was sick, are you fucking serious? My god you’re a miserable clown.

          • wrecksracer

            I thought Walters was his best win. I was actually leaning towards Walters in that fight based on size. GRJ is just making excuses. On his best day Loma still beats him. He was sick! You believe that? He was embarrassed. Beating GRJ and Walters IS walking the walk. Sure he needs to do more, but he hasn’t even hit 10 pro fights. I’d like to see him beat Garcia, Rigo, and clean out his weight class. At what point will you be satisfied?

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Walters had no true pedigree as an amateur and was out of the ring for just shy of a year before they met. That fight proved very little. He needs to imitate the greats to be great. Let’s see him do what Marquez, Floyd, Manny, Cotto, SOG, SRL and countless others have done to be considered great. I’ll be satisfied if he beats the likes of Garcia, Crawford, Thurman, Porter or Spence. Heck I’d even accept Khan, Brooke or Vargas. Oh, and quit it with the 10 fights stuff. He’s basically 30 and needs to fight the best right now not in 5 years. GRJ and Walters have two good wins between them so stop trying to make them out to be special as neither has shown anything special.

          • wrecksracer

            He HAS to move up in weight? Come on! These days that’s just a way to collect paper titles. Is Hagler less of a champ because he stayed at one weight? You have an excuse for Walters and you have an excuse for GRJ. It just sounds like you’re full of excuses. If Arum keeps him fighting “in house” and avoids challenges, we are on the same page. However, if Arum can make a Garcia fight, a Rigo fight, a Berchelt fight, a Gervonta fight and he cleans house, then the guy IS the goods. I’m not one to give credit for “the eyeball test”, but Loma makes guys give up. Personally, I wish he wasn’t with Arum, but he is.

          • Floridastorm

            Opinions are like a-holes, everyone’s got one. You sure have a lot.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            I do. Maybe you should come out of your lifelong stupor and read more, so you can develop a better understanding of things boxing related.

          • Frank-dogg

            Mayweather didn’t beat any Porters, Thurmans’ or Spences. Come on?! He was cherry picking when he was a welter.

        • wrecksracer

          Actually, I hope the kid does good. I don’t care for his excuses so early in his career, nor do I care for his discrediting Loma’s fan base, when he doesn’t really have one either. It sounds like what it is: excuses. Hopefully he finds some courage, and maybe Floyd will let him face more of a challenge than Fonseca

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            If Lomo were 22 and Gervonta was 29 his people would never accept that fight. Lomo has a long way to go before he starts trying to dictate anything. Lomo is a passing fad bruh. When he moves up, those bigger guys are gonna work him over.
            Gervonta should absolutely be fighting Fonseca as a quick find for this card. This is business. Now Lomo should stop talking and have uncle Bob make that fight with either Crawford or Mikey.
            So you say Fonseca is shit, well what the hell was a Marriaga doing fighting the greatest boxer ever. SMH # Fonseca>Marriaga

          • Frank-dogg

            Who was lil G fought? Pedraza?! Lol come on “bruh”?! You hyped on that TMT stick. Keep suck it bro. Keep wearing them shirts. I know they’re not paying you anything. Lol

          • wrecksracer

            lol….you’re correct. Fonseca is probably a better option than Marriaga. I’ll give them both a pass this time, as they were late subs for fighters they really wanted. I guess we will just have to see who they fight next. At this point, though, Loma’s record is better with less fights. He’s being fast tracked while Davis is playing it safe. And probably will continue to play it safe for years to come. Loma and his team talk too much, but at least he’s been in there with live talent. Neither of these guys are big enough to fight Crawford. I would like to see the Garcia fight, though.

          • Frank-dogg

            I hope he does too. He doesn’t appear to be too smart. Probably has an IQ of a 2nd grader, but hey skills pay the bills. Lol

        • Rick

          That kid will never accomplish a tenth of what Lomachenko already has. And he got where he is without riding somebody’s coattails. If it wasn’t for Floyd nobody would have heard of Davis, much less give a shit. Now why don’t you just go on and admit you hate white people and quit making an ass of yourself.

        • ceylon mooney

          mo hes already made
          thenexcuses. he already preemptively ducked loma.

          quack quack

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            He’s 22. Let’s see who the great Lomo fights next.

      • ceylon mooney

        hahahaha THAT is funny

        most of the people on this message board are as famous to boxing fans as gervonta davis. a few hundred folks in baltimore know who gervonta davis is. salido? lomachenko? the rest of the top ten may not be as famous as
        davis in his home town but u do have the rest of the world to consider. so of course have him fight nobody who can possible overshadow him.

    • Fist_ti_cuffs

      Gervonte doesn’t run shit…..that’s Floyd call and he’s absolutely right. lil g is damn near 40 and his biggest fight was with a WW. If he beats ginger, his best win will still be over a guy that was dominated by a lil welterweight. His toughest fight was with a guy that beat cancer and was knocked out by a random Eastern European. Lomo is almost 30 and already has a loss to a journeyman. I could do this all day.
      Gervonte is exactly where he’s supposed to be at 22, and there’s no reason to have him fight guys with wayyyyyyyy more experience than him at this stage of his career. Let’s see Lomo old ass fight Mikey or come up to 147 like Floyd and Manny did. Manny started his career at Jr Fly and Floyd at Super Feather just like your hype job. Lomo has a long way to go to be considered great or an ATG. By the way, what was the name of the guy lomo just fought? I’ll wait…………..

      • DJFitz34

        Since you’re just picking & choosing arguments, I’ll play ball. Floyd fought had 27 fights before he moved up a weight class–last I checked Loma has titles in 2 weight classes in 10 fights. Not too shabby eh?
        Also, you’ve spelt Gervonta’s name wrong in every single post–are you even a fan of the guy or do you just feel a weird obligation to jump to his defense? By my count, Fonseca’s opponents have a combined record of 172-223. But he undefeated doe! Marriaga a bum doe!
        Lastly, Canelo was 23 when he fought (and got embarassed) by Mayweather. Gervonta is basically the same age & would likely be an even bigger underdog against Loma. Since Gervonta “doesn’t run shit”, it seems pretty apparent his team doesn’t fancy his chances in that matchup, right?
        Boxing forum warriors are the worst–dishonesty & Napoleon complex on full display.

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          1.) Floyd was in fact in his 27th fight, but he was 28 years old and had already won 3 titles. Lomo is now 30. Lol.
          2.) So, I spelled his name wrong. Without this spellcheck I’d spell a lot more wrong. Thank god for technology. But I still have a M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management…..just saying.
          3.) “By my count, Fonseca’s opponents have a combined record of 172-223. But he undefeated doe! Marriaga a bum doe!” That might just be the most unintelligible shit I’ve read today…..lol
          4.) Don’t start with that ole “he basically the same______” bullshit. He’s 22 years old and will allow the master to guide his career. Lomo is a passing fad, soon to be exposed when he moves up in weight.
          5.) No warrior here, just a real boxing afeccionado. Having said that, I will tap that ass if necessary.
          6.) Your ass was owned…….go sit in the corner lil tink tink, because your ass is grounded. -_-

      • Orca

        What a mess of a post. Why do you feel so threatened by other fighters? It’s just a sport. Entertainment. Pipe down and ‘read’ more.

        • Joe Abba

          It never ends. Anything to disparage the non white guy. I used to think it was more than that, but it’s not. He sees one fighter. A black one. Everyone else is a protected no talent. Don’t waste your breath.

        • Stephen M

          Fisti is nuts…

  • Donald Walton

    GD will wait a till Lomo gets old.

    • Frank-dogg

      No need. Loma will be at 140 by that time.

  • Rick

    This will make that ppv money worth it right?

  • Michel Desgrottes

    let the kid grown and learn the professional fight game at his pace, 22 years old, like seriously

    • Joe Abba

      Yeah but some geniuses on here already view him as elite, because he beat Pedraza and the Brit. GGG, Loma, Kovalev…,,,wonder what they have in common? Any guesses?

  • Lee Hamerston

    I think its fair if Davis and his team develop his career and skills and hone his skills whilst building and marinating a potential fight with Loma. Why fight now for 5 mil when in 2 years it could be a 20 -50 mil fight . Davis isnt at his peak. Wouldnt we prefer to see him at his peak v Loma ?
    Some one mentiined earlier to be truly great , he’s gotta climb to WW and beat everybody to be considered an ATG. Loma has done enough to be top 3/5 P4P but not on any ATG list. Maybe the amatuer ATG list.

  • Leonard Edwards

    Reading some of these post some of yall are stupid. You expect davis to fight loma when in fact davis is still a young kid. Hell you dont put him in with a guy thats 30 with hell of a lot experience hell let him make it to atleast 25 which by then he will beat the shit out of lom. Then

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