Gervonta Davis Vacates WBA Junior Lightweight Title, Still Holds Pair Of Secondary Titles
Gervonta Davis is now down to two title belts.
Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) has vacated his WBA “Super” junior lightweight title, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza confirmed Saturday. The 24-year-old star boxer still holds a pair of secondary titles at WBA lightweight and junior welterweight. He will have 48 hours after his next fight to relinquish another title and be left with one.
His next fight has yet to be scheduled, but it’s expected to happen before the end of the year.
The move follows the WBA’s reduction on interim champions in each of the 17 weight classes in boxing. Mendoza previously said the crackdown was due to “financial issues.”
Davis won the 130-pound championship in 2018 by third-round TKO over Jesus Cueller. He successfully defended the title twice against Hugo Ruiz and Ricard Nunez – neither made it to Round 3.
The 24-year-old captured his 135-pound WBA belt with a 12 round TKO of Yuriorkis Gamboa in December 2019. He earned his “World” junior welterweight title — 140lbs belt — via eleventh-round stoppage of Mario Barrios this past June.
The recognized unified champion of his lightweight belt is Teofimo Lopez, who he will likely next defend. Josh Taylor is the WBA “Super” champion and is unified in the WBC, IBF and WBO.
Davis is ranked in the top 10 of all three weight classes by ESPN (No. 5 at 130, No. 3 at 135, No. 5 at 140).