Gervonta Davis Moving Up To 140 Is Dangerous – Says Keith Thurman

Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis is aiming to become a three-weight world champion on June 26, but former unified welterweight king Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman reckons he is taking a big risk. 

Effectively moving up two weight classes, Davis tackles Mario Barrios for his WBA ‘Regular’ super-lightweight title. While some may argue the merits of such a bauble, Barrios’ size and reach advantages will likely pose significant issues for Gervonta. 

“I love Tank, but the moment the little man moves up, it’s like playing with fire or turning up the heat in the kitchen,” cautioned Thurman. 

This is indeed a risky move for Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) who is being moulded into a Pay-Per-View attraction by promoter Floyd Mayweather. But as Gervonta himself admitted on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, greatness is achieved through trial and adversity. 

“We all challenge ourselves to be great as a fighter, and that’s basically what I’m doing, challenging myself,” said Davis.

Taking on an opponent like Mario Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) is a bold statement but as big-hitting Thurman suggests, it could be a decision ‘Tank’ lives to regret.

“It’s not that he can’t take the heat, but if he’s skipping weight classes, he’s definitely turning the heat up,” added Thurman.  “He’s demanding more of himself, and I look forward to how he performs.”

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