Sunday Thoughts: Gervonta is a STAR, Jose Ramirez makes history and Tevin Farmer
Gervonta Davis is a star
24-year old super featherweight Gervonta Davis made his second world title defense of WBA super featherweight world title against Ricardo Nunez in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
The fight was what we have come to expect from “Tank” Davis, a round for “Tank” to figure out his opponent and then brutal power and a gut-check on whether or not his opponent wants to continue. Nunez, who had some success countering Davis’ counters was stopped a tad bit early more than likely because of the deaths in boxing as of late. That being said the outcome was never going to change as Davis’ power was just too much.
The result though is the second half to the story. Davis sold nearly 15,000 seats in his hometown making him one of the biggest local draws in boxing. This is also following 8,000 tickets sold at the Dignity Health Sports Park(cough cough The StubHub Center) which is on the other coast the country.
With three rounds in the ring in two fights for Davis’ 2019 and big paychecks cashed, “Tank” no longer seems to be “he could be a star”, it quite simply feels like he is one.
The only thing lacking on Davis’ resume is a truly sexy, exciting name that jumps out, but part of that is, no one is too eager to fight him. Earlier this year, “Tank” was going to fight Abner Mares, before Mares’ had to bow out of the bout with an injury.
After the bout, Davis called out IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer. The two have had many heated exchanges and currently are split between two network platforms, Davis on Showtime/PBC/Fox and Farmer on DAZN. Hopefully, an offer can be made that makes this fight viable.
Gervonta Davis might not have the following with boxing writers and all that stuff, but he transcends the sport has influence into urban pop culture along with a violent style in which 21 of his 22 professional fights have ended in a knockout, which is what most people want to see when they watch a fight. In short, “Tank” Davis is a fighter who appears to have had a hard life and wants his opponent feel it and with the backing of one of the biggest influencers in boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Davis appears ready for some big fights that take him off regular television and put him onto pay-per-view, potentially.
Jose Ramirez makes history
It feels like not all that long ago that 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez of Avenal, Ca, was representing the Olympics. Since then, Ramirez has gone on to promote cards near his hometown in Fresno, CA, helping young fighters and standing behind political issues that he felt compelled to advocate for. Scholarship have been written in his name, cancer treatment facilities have benefited from his involvement and yet Ramirez is still trying to be a legend in the sport of boxing despite being one already in the central valley.
Last year, 2018, Ramirez won the vacant WBC super lightweight world title from Amir Imam, a talented prospect who never really graduated from being a prospect. Ramirez has since beat L.A. gym legend, Jose “Chon” Zepeda and Golden Boy Promotions Antonio Orozco, before unifying with the WBO and WBC world title by beating Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker via sixth-round knockout.
Quite simply, Ramirez steps up when the level of competition gets better.
Boxing is a sport full of misfits from the fighters to the media, and that leaves a lot of people not wanting to be wrong. A lot of people were wrong on Ramirez, he has the best resume at 140 lbs, and to me, is simply the best in the division as fights with Regis Prograis and Terence Crawford loom for him in the last stages of his career as he looks for big money fights.
Congratulations to Jose, Rick Mirigian and Charles Trembley, who all started together and now have made history.
Farmer looks good, but this is entertainment
Boxing is a business first and despite having aspects of Pernell Whitaker defense, the power isn’t there at the world-class level for IBF super featherweight world champion Tevin Farmer, and sadly that is what a lot of fans want. Farmer, who greatly improved in this fight from his bout against Jono Carroll in which Farmer at times decided to sit in the pocket with the slugger. Farmer put on a boxer’s boxing performance, but one that probably left the fans confused as he negated a lot of what Guillaume Frenois did.
This is Farmer’s fourth title defense since beating Billy Dib for the vacant title and most if not all of his opponent has been largely unknown to most fight fans. Farmer’s one flaw is that he sacrifices offense for defense as he is rarely hit, but doesn’t offer a high-punch output.
Farmer was called out by the exciting and more than likely best fighter at 130 lbs, WBA world champ Gervonta Davis, due to the politics, rivalries and unwillingness to work together at times, we won’t hold our breath that this bout happens, but if it does that’d be good for the fans and hopefully both fighters wallets.