Having scored 27 knockouts in his 29 professional wins to date, Gervonta Davis rightly has a reputation as one of the most dangerous fighters in boxing, particularly amongst those competing in the lower weights.
And one of the men unfortunate enough to have been stopped by Davis has explained just what makes entering the ring with the Baltimore star such a treacherous prospect.
Mario Barrios gave ‘Tank’ one his toughest tests back in 2021, lasting almost eleven full rounds with the three-weight world champion before being brutally stopped at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
And in a recent interview with Manouk Akopyan, Barrios revealed that what makes Davis’ punches so dangerous is that they are often tough to see coming.
“He [Davis] can crack. They always say the most dangerous punches are the ones you don’t see, and I think that’s one of ‘Tank’s biggest advantages.”
“He hits you with shots that you don’t even see coming, I think that’s one of the things that make him so dangerous.”
“He was so quick in closing the distance and the range, so it was so hard to see the punches coming and that’s what made them so dangerous.”
Davis’ reputation as one of the most fearsome punchers in the sport was cemented this year when he landed knockout victories in his fights against Hector Luis Garcia and Ryan Garcia.
His momentum was curtailed somewhat by being sentenced to jail time for a hit and run case dating back to 2020.
However, now a free man and reportedly back in the gym, Davis is expected to return to the ring in early 2024.