Davis Looks Towards Superstardom Against Mares
Gervonta Davis and Abner Mares met the press in Los Angeles on Thursday, as they prepare to face off on February 9th for Davis’ WBA featherweight title.
The two will face off in Carson, California in the main event of a Showtime broadcast, which Davis looks at as a stepping stone to superstardom.
“I believe that Abner Mares is a future Hall of Famer because he’s fought so many top-level guys,” Davis told reporters today. “This is big for me because this is my first time being a main event in the U.S. and I just feel blessed to be here.
“In 2019, I want to make a big statement not only in the ring but by letting the boxing world know that I’m the next star. I’m aiming to headline a pay-per-view by 2020 if everything goes right. I have great fights lined up for next year, without looking past Abner.”
Drawing inspiration from his promoter, mentor, and occasional rival, Floyd Mayweather, Davis wanted to face Mares in his home state. “I wanted to fight Abner Mares out here in Southern California,” claimed the defending champion. “Floyd Mayweather fought Arturo Gatti in his hometown and that’s basically what I’m doing here.”
“We’ll already have 50 percent of the fight won just by having a good corner,” Mares said on Thursday. “A good team and a great plan. The other 50 percent is up to the fighter to perform. One thing is having the game plan in your mind but it’s another thing to go out there and perform that game plan.
“We’re not just going into this fight blind. I’m not stupid. I’m taking this fight because I see something in this guy. It’s a tough fight, no doubt. All fights are tough. He’s in for a good fight. At the end of the day, you guys have to stop worrying about my weight and if I’m too small. You guys are going to get a great fight and that’s all that matters. Sit back, look pretty and enjoy the fight.
Speaking of Davis’ only 2018 fight, a drubbing of Jesus Cuellar, Mares wouldn’t make comparisons between how he fought Cuellar and Davis’ performance. “You can’t compare Jesus Cuellar to Gervonta Davis,” Mares said. “I know some people wanted to compare how I did against Cuellar and how Davis did against Cuellar, but he fought him two years after I did. It makes no sense. Gervonta Davis has a different style than Cuellar and it’s going to be a good fight. He’s an exciting fighter and he’s a boxer. He’s a boxer that trades punches so it makes for an exciting fight.
“People are going to recognize me as someone who took on everyone. People say this will be a new style for me, but I’ve seen them all. This is team ‘no fear’ and we’re going to make this happen.”