Former super-featherweight champion and current lightweight title contender Gervonta Davis has received comparisons to Mike Tyson in the past – particularly his renowned punching power.
Davis has registered an astonishing twenty-seven knockout victories across his twenty-nine fight undefeated résumé, scoring a stoppage win over Ryan Garcia earlier this year to take his superstardom to new heights.
Now, the 28-year-old is focussed on securing world honours in a second division, whether that be at light or super-lightweight.
There can an argument that he’s feared in the division, much like Tyson was, but ‘Tank’ has said that he feels his style is different to that of the ferocious fighting legend, arguing that he is more well-rounded than the former undisputed heavyweight champion.
In an interview with Open Thoughts, the Baltimore star explained the key differences between him and that of ‘Iron Mike’.
“Nah [I disagree with the comparisons]. I think that I am a boxer-puncher, he was a brawler. I’m not saying that [I can knock people out faster than Mike Tyson]. I’m saying that Mike Tyson has got power and skills, I feel as though I have the whole package, that Mike Tyson doesn’t have.”
Davis’ reputation in the sport continues to grow as he emerges as the possible new ‘face of boxing’ and biggest pay-per-view draw, but to truly takeover the sport it is pivotal that he can keep picking up titles.
The likelihood is that Davis will fight for a vacant title in the 135lbs division after the undisputed king, Devin Haney, announced his move up to 140lbs. ‘Tank’ currently holds the WBA Regular belt, with the ‘Super’ title potentially becoming vacant should Haney not return to 135.
Potential opponents for Davis should that happen are William Zepeda, Vasily Lomachenko or even a rematch with Isaac Cruz, the only man to have taken Davis twelve rounds.