Gervonta Davis vs. Roman Martinez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/26/17
Martinez vs. Davis
Boxing: Saturday, August 26, 2017 (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Showtime PPV
Gervonta Davis and Roman Martinez fight Saturday for the IBF World super featherweight title at the T-Mobile Arena.
Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a May win over Liam Walsh. Davis is fighting for the third time this year, quickly climbing the rankings and will defend his belt for the second time. Davis is a 22-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” with a 69 inch reach. Davis is simply a pitbull in the ring with extremely heavy hands and a pressure style that is devastating once he gets his timing down. Davis is also quite underrated for his defense, as he has solid footwork and terrific head movement that allows him to get in and out rather quickly. Davis is at his best when boxing on the inside and just needs to land one punch to end things. Davis has only seen the sixth round just four times in his career in 18 fights. This will be Davis’ third fight in Las Vegas.
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Roman Martinez enters this fight with a 29-3-3 record that includes 17 knockouts. Martinez has split his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a June loss to Vasyl Lomachenko. Martinez has had over a year to overcome that brutal knockout loss and looks for his first victory since his 2015 bout with Orlando Salido. Martinez is a 34-year-old Puerto Rican who stands at 5’8”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Despite being knocked out twice, Martinez is most known for his toughness, as he can take a punch and is the type of boxer who will keep coming forward looking to be aggressive. Martinez has a bit of a brawler feel to him, as he doesn’t mind exchanging haymakers, but of course, that doesn’t fly as much against top tier boxers. Martinez has to focus on defense in a fight like this if he’s going to stand a chance at earning the biggest victory of his career. This will be Martinez’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.
I’m sure Martinez is getting a nice check for this fight, but you have to question his decision making with the way that Lomachenko bout went down. Martinez is a very straight up fighter who has limited defensive skills and eats brutal punches because of it. A powerful boxer like Davis is going to tag Martinez often and it could get extremely ugly. Martinez is an easy target to hit and is the type of fighter who wants to exchange, and you just can’t do that when you’re moving up in competition. This is easy work for Tank and is going to be the second straight bout we’ve seen Martinez eat the canvas.
Davis remains undefeated.