Gervonta Davis and Vasyl Lomachenko – Winners by Knockout (6-26-21)

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Gervonta “Tank” Davis moved up to junior welterweight to challenge the undefeated Mario Barrios for Barrios’ title.  Davis, who has won titles in the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions, found himself fighting a naturally bigger fighter and Barrios’ size proved a hinderance in the early rounds as he faced trouble getting inside Barrios 다운로드.

Barrios used his jab effectively to keep Davis away from him and Davis found himself behind on most observers’ cards going into the second half of the fight.  Showtime had him down 59-55 and I had the fight at 58-56 in favor of Barrios 다운로드.

Charging late in the seventh round, Davis started to turn the tide of battle and in the eighth round, the fight changed dramatically as Davis sent Barrios to the canvas with a hook.  Moments later after Barrios survived the first count, Davis sent him to the canvas again 다운로드. Barrios survived the round but from this point, the advantage shifted to Davis.

The ninth round didn’t match the drama of the previous round and could have gone either way but Davis was ahead on my scorecard 86-83.  Floyd Mayweather told Davis in between rounds that he was behind and needed to move the needles.  “Do you want to be great?” Mayweather asked Davis 다운로드.

Davis came out with bad intentions and both fighters exchanged vicious punches, but Davis got the better of the exchanges, setting up the dramatic eleventh.  Davis finished the fight with a vicious hook followed by body shots that sent Barrios down a third time.  The referee stopped the fight and Davis had his third title in a different weight class 다운로드.

The question remains does Davis stay at 140 pounds or go back to light weight?  At lightweight you have a prospective bout between the winner of the Lopez-Lomachenko fight provided Lopez wins his next fight, or does he stay in the 140-pound division?  I am guessing that Davis goes back to lightweight and moves up permanently to super lightweight later. 

Compubox had this very close in total punches connected, with Davis’ advantage lying in the power punches and Barrios landing double the jabs.  Three knockdowns after the eighth round showed which fighter had the more powerful punches.

Vasyl Lomachenko fought Masayoshi Nakatani, whose only loss was to the defending lightweight king, Teofimo Lopez.  Lomachenko dominated this fight as he landed more than three times the punches of Nakatani and looked sharp the entire fight including knocking Nakatani down in the fifth before finishing the fight in the eighth round. 

Lomachenko now wants Lopez who must get by the undefeated George Kambosos in August 2021.  If he does, then by the end of the year Lomachenko will get his shot at revenge for his previous loss to Lopez.   And for those who wanted to know my scorecard for the first seven rounds, it was 70-62, an easy fight to score.

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