Super-featherweight champion and Baltimore-native Gervonta “Tank” Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) will defend his title in a homecoming bout against Ricardo “Cientifico” Nunez (21-2, 19 KOs) Saturday night from Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
Davis last fought and stopped Hugo Ruiz in the first round. He has stopped each of his last 12 opponents.
Ricardo Nunez has won his last 10 fights and last won against Eduardo Pacheco. He has stopped 19 out of 21 wins He has power, so this matchup could be interesting at least early on.
Let’s be real- this fight is a mismatch on paper. Nunez has power and that could make this fight interesting for about two rounds if he’s lucky. But he’s too slow to hang with Davis. Nunez isn’t flashy and sometimes he punches wide. That is dangerous in this fight.
Davis’s movement and speed will be too much for Nunez. I see a blowout that will end beofre the fifth round. Hopefully he’ll get some better competition in 2020.
I look for him to put a show on for the local fans. He’s trained hard for this fight. I haven’t head any rumors of issues with his focus by fighting in his hometown.
Gervonta Davis by KO
Gervonta Davis should win this fight by knockout whenever he feels like it. Ricardo Nunez has some pop, but he is too slow, punches too wide, and has to walk toward his target and set his feet before punching. This style spells disaster against Davis.
Nunez ain’t exactly Willie Pep in there defensively and his resume doesn’t read like Miguel Cotto’s… or Abner Cotto’s for that matter. He’ll come to the press conference in Baltimore and tell the fans he isn’t scared of anything and he has a plan to win. He’ll come to ring in on Saturday and swing for the fences. At the end of the night, a counter-punch he doesn’t see will land and the fight will be over.
I say it happens sooner than later. Rumor has it, Gamboa is next if he gets by Rocky Martinez. Davis needs to steo up and fight live bodies. It’s up to the sanctioning body to force it, and not a mandatory who isn’t rated in the top 30.
We could reaistically have Nunez, Gamboa, and a one-eyed, too small Abner Mares for Gervonta’s next three. Fans won’t buy that and will demand unifications or a move to the much more rich lightweight divsion (135). Davis by KO
Tickets for the event are promoted by Mayweather and TGB Promotions and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or at the Royal Farms Box Office through Friday, July 26th from 10 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET.