Davis stumbles before big showcase
Champ misses weight, will lose title even if he wins on Mayweather-McGregor card
Baltimore boxing star Gervonta Davis had grand plans to showcase his sensational knockout skills for a new audience on the undercard of tonight’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor megafight.
But those ambitions took an unwanted detour Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, when Davis failed to make the 130-pound weight limit for his International Boxing Federation super featherweight title defense. Davis, who weighed in at 132 Baltimore resident Gervonta Davis said he’s going to work for a knockout tonight to showcase his skills to a mass audience. Chs. 45, 5 pounds, will forfeit the title he won in January even if he beats Francisco Fonseca. If Fonseca upsets Davis, he would win the title. If Davis wins, the title would be vacant.
The 22-year-old Davis quickly took to Twitter to apologize to fans.
“I’m young. I’m growing,” he wrote. “I had a chance to make the weight. I knew I couldn’t make it & that’s that. I will have a belt again. I lost the belt, not a fight.”
He had already spoken of moving up to the 135-pound lightweight class in the near future.