On Saturday night, Gervonta Davis steps into his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland looking to retain his super featherweight title against Ricardo Nunez.
For Davis this is a homecoming, for Nunez, this battle marks his first fight in the United States, and the second time he’s fought outside of his native Panama.
When asked by FIGHT SPORTS about fighting Davis in his hometown, the title challenger said he was ready.
“I don’t care about that,” Nunez said after Thursday’s press conference. “I feel very comfortable and very happy. I’ve fought in other houses before, so I feel good.”
“I feel more confident when I fight [outside of Panama] because I don’t feel the pressure of my people, it may be this case for Gervonta.”
For Davis, returning home was not about the pressure of fighting in front of friends and family, but uniting his community through the sport he loves.
“Coming back home felt great,” the defending champion told FIGHT SPORTS, “Just being in the atmosphere, being able to bring my people together as one, felt amazing.”
This fight doubles not only as a homecoming for Davis, but his first turn as the main event star on Showtime, headlining from the Royal Farms arena, looking to fulfill Floyd Mayweather’s co-sign as the “future of boxing.”
“The big goal is to become a pay-per-view star,” Davis said. “Every fight towards that is big for me.”
Davis hopes Nunez has the same hunger that he has, as both men are looking to showcase their punching power on Saturday night.
Speaking of punching power, when asked of fellow Panamanian and legendary world champion Roberto Duran, Nunez said that he hopes to have a “piece” of the legacy that the Hands of Stone made in, his epic wars in the 1980s and be in the pantheon of great Panamanian fighters.
Watch to see if Nunez can knock out the undefeated Davis and shock the world or if Davis can take the next step to superstardom on Saturday, July 26th on Showtime in the United States starting at 9 pm.