Gervonta Davis Chooses To Keep Lightweight Title, Vacates WBA 140lb Belt

Gervonta Davis’ title belts are now down to one.

Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) was allowed to enter his Showtime pay-per-view headliner against Isaac Cruz with his 135- and 140-pound belts, but he had to decide which belt he wanted to keep and defend. Davis chose to keep his 135-pound title (lightweight), relinquishing the other.

“Gervonta Davis informed the WBA that he will only keep his Lightweight belt,” Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the WBA said Tuesday.

“Gervonta had five days after his fight last Sunday to choose a division and he decided to stay at 135 pounds.”

Davis won the WBA “World” junior welterweight title (140lbs) by knocking out undefeated Mario Barrios in the 11th round on June 26.

The 27-year-old previously let go of his WBA “Super” junior lightweight title in August. He won that belt with a third-round TKO over Jesus Cueller.

Sunday night’s victory against Cruz was his first defense of his WBA world lightweight title. Cruz was a late replacement for Rolando Romero, who was pulled from the card due a sexual assault claim.

George Kambosos Jr. holds the WBA “Super” belt, in addition to his WBO, IBF and lineal titles. He became the new champion with an upset victory over Teofimo Lopez Jr.

Now, the junior welterweight division belongs solely to undisputed champion Josh Taylor.

The WBA has been reducing its number of champions, which is why Davis was ordered to choose which division belt he wanted to keep.

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