This Saturday, a true homecoming will be taking place for Gervonta Davis. As the WBA Super Featherweight Champion, there is a lot riding on his latest fight. The first champion from Baltimore to defend his title in the area in over 80 years, Davis is looking to prove he is the real deal in boxing.
Training with his friends and family, Davis (21-0) understands the importance of the fight. The 24-year-old wants to be a role model for kids within the Baltimore community, to be someone that can help make a difference.
“The main reason why I wanted to come back home was because of people getting killed in this city,” Davis stated in the final press conference before the fight. “I want to be seen as one of the people who can bring the city together on a positive note. I fought in LA, London and New York, so it was about time for me to come home.”
He will be facing Ricardo Nunez (21-2), a man with 19 knockout wins. With 20 of his own, Davis realizes this fight won’t drag on long, expecting this to go five rounds.
“July 27 we’re going to put on a great show, me and Núñez,” Davis continued. “We both have big knockout power and may the best man win. I hope he’s ready, because I was born ready. I’m in a good space in my career and I’m excited to get in the ring. He’s a confident fighter with a lot of knockouts. We’re taking him seriously. It’s going to be a great night. He’s coming to take my spot. He’s coming up into my house, so I’ll be ready.”
Even though this is his first fight inside the United States, Nunez doesn’t appear to have any nerves. Speaking through a translator, The 25-year-old is as confident as ever. His aforementioned knockout power could very well be the deciding factor in the fight.
“I have a high knockout percentage and I know that I can knock Gervonta Davis out,” Nunez stated. “When we get in the ring, we will see who’s the best. He’s the champion, but I’m here to take the victory. I’m here to win.”
Nunez’s two losses have not set him back but motivated him. After losing his second pro fight he went on a ten-fight losing streak. He went on another ten-fight win streak following his second loss in 2015.
“Losses make you stronger,” Nunez continued. “The loss I had made me more focused on the sport. I’ve worked harder in my training camp since then.”
The bout will be taking place inside the Royal Farms Arena. Both Nunez and Davis will be fighting for championship glory, money, family and pride. We could be in for a quick night depending on who’s punch lands first.