Davis-Mares Finalized For February 9th
Gervonta Davis will finally return to the ring in early 2019, as he will face off against former world champion Abner Mares.
Davis will defend his WBA super featherweight title on February 9th from the StubHub Center in Carson, California in the main event of a Showtime Boxing card.
“This matchup is sure to make for a crowd pleaser, as both guys are known for delivering action when they step into the ring,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Mares has an impressive resume and is determined to hand Davis his first loss. Davis has made a lot of noise in the sport at a young age and isn’t slowing down. He executes impressively and continues to prove that he will be the next big star in boxing.”
“This is an intriguing matchup for both men at crucial points of their careers,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, SHOWTIME Sports. “Abner Mares has never backed down from a challenge, quietly building one of the strongest resumes in all of boxing while consistently delivering fight-of-the-year performances. In his first fight in the super featherweight division, Abner will be facing Gervonta Davis, one of the strongest, most talented and most exciting young champions in all of boxing. Abner seeks another signature upset in a remarkable career, while Gervonta looks to continue his streak of 11 straight stoppages against the most experienced and accomplished opponent he has faced to date. With these two come-forward, all-action fighters, boxing fans can expect another thrilling Showtime Championship Boxing main event.”
Davis was last seen in the ring back in April when he would stop Jesue Cuellar in the third round to become the WBA super featherweight champion, and has been in limbo ever since due to alleged issues with his promoter Floyd Mayweather.
“I’m very excited to be showcased in my first main event in the United States on February 9,” said Davis. “I want to make a statement in this fight by putting on a tremendous performance against an experienced world champion like Abner Mares. I plan on showing everyone why I belong in pound-for-pound discussions and why I’m the most exciting champion in boxing today. You don’t want to miss it!”
Mares will mark his first fight at 130 pounds, aiming to not only give Davis his first loss, but also become the fourthe Mexican born fighter to win world titles in four weight classes.
“I wanted this fight and I want this challenge against Gervonta Davis,” said Mares who fights for the first time since his June loss to Leo Santa Cruz. “I’m preparing well and I will add my fifth world title in my fourth weight class on February 9 on SHOWTIME.”