In a fight that reportedly did over $1.2 million pay-per-view buys, Tank Davis came out victorious with a seventh-round knockout by way of a body shot.
And since both fighters were still in their prime, Davis wholeheartedly responded with ‘Abso-f***ing-lutely,’ to the question of if he was the ‘face of boxing.’
The gate backed up that claim with $22.8 million generated through ticket sales, which was higher than when Canelo faced Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Despite this being the case, Forbes ranked Canelo as the highest-earning boxer from 2022-23. With that being said, the Mexican has suggested that Davis still has a long way to go.
“I’m not retired yet, my friend. They can say whatever they want, but it’s not that easy. One fight does not put you in that position. You need to do a lot of things. There are a lot of good fighters coming up, one of them is Gervonta for sure.
“But he needs to do more, not just one fight. I like Gervonta Davis a lot, but he needs to do more to be the face of boxing. One fight with Garcia, and I respect Ryan Garcia, isn’t going to do it.”
“Just fighting the best, again and again, up and down the weight classes, becoming undisputed, doing what I’ve been doing my whole career,” Canelo via Ring Magazine
Alvarez does have a point. His loss against Dmitry Bivol does nothing to take away from the fact that he is the undisputed-super-middleweight champion.
And given that he is a four-division-world champion, Davis may need to accomplish more before Canelo gives him that mantle. And this was the sentiment being expressed on social media.
Social Media Reaction
— 🗽FL Empire 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@CloudAtlas_47) May 4, 2023
Clear face of boxing 💯 Canelo Alvarez 5th on the forbes list of the highest paid athletes pic.twitter.com/7Ly6ObzM7N
— TEAM BATMANBOXING (@teambatman4) May 4, 2023
— Jesse James (@UncleJesse77) May 4, 2023