Gervonta Davis vs Yuriorkis Gamboa
Fight Date: Saturday, Dec. 28
Start Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Atlanta, GA (State Farm Arena)
Two-time Super Featherweight World Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis takes on former unified Featherweight World Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa for the WBA Lightweight Title from State Farm Arena in a special year-end PBC on SHOWTIME event — and the first world title fight in Atlanta since 1998.
Saturday night on Showtime (9:00 pm ET) from Atlanta, we’ll close out the year in US boxing for all intents and purposes with a tripleheader, featuring two big fights at 135 and 175.
In the lightweight main event, Gervonta “Tank” Davis moves up in weight to face veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa, and in the co-feature at light heavyweight, Jean Pascal and Badou Jack look to close the year strong.
Davis vs. Gamboa fight card, odds
|Gervonta Davis -1800
|Yuriokis Gamboa +1200
|WBA “regular” lightweight title
|Badou Jack -280
|Jean Pascal (c) +200
|WBA light heavyweight title
Davis vs. Gamboa Prediction
Like he did with Crawford five years ago, one can expect Gamboa to have his moments early on and test Davis. Not only does Gamboa still maintain world-class speed, his amateur background is top notch and a recommitment to his training ahead of the Martinez fight has him looking the best he has in years.
Gamboa has enough pop to bother Davis if he’s not careful. The problem for Gamboa, however, will likely come in his daring nature and how vulnerable he becomes as soon as the pace of a fight starts to heat up.
Although Davis has talked in recent weeks about being excited to showcase his boxing ability should Gamboa make this into a tactical fight, the reason why “Tank” almost never gets a chance to do so is because he’s such a dynamic finisher once he gets his opponents hurt. Gamboa’s questionable punch resistance should only make Davis more dangerous in that regard.
Inevitably, Gamboa will enter fight-or-flight mode after being hurt and, true to his history, will be willing to go out on his shield midway through the fight. Davis is too good not to send him there.
Main Card – Showtime – 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT
Gervonta Davis vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
Jean Pascal vs. Badou Jack
Jose Uzcategui vs. Lionell Thompson
Preliminary Card –Showtime – 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT
Malik Hawkins vs. Darwin Price
Angelo Leo vs. Cesar Juarez
Viddal Riley vs. Muhammad Abdullah