Davis stum­bles be­fore big show­case

Champ misses weight, will lose ti­tle even if he wins on May­weather-McGre­gor card

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

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.

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