Gervonta Davis vs. Ricardo Nunez
|Date & Time||Saturday July 27, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Royal Farms Arena
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Gervonta Davis and Ricardo Nunez fight Saturday at the Royal Farms Arena for the World Boxing Association Super World Super Featherweight Title.
Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Davis’ third fight since 2018, and he’s coming off a February win over Hugo Ruiz. Davis is coming off one of his easier fights of his career, breaking his opponents nose in the first round and eventually forcing him to throw in the towel due to not being able to breathe properly and the amount of blood that was leaking. Davis has now fought just four rounds in his last two fights and his last six bouts overall haven’t made it past the eighth round. Davis is a 24-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. With knockouts in each of his last 12 fights, it’s quite clear what to expect from Tank. Davis is an aggressive boxer from Baltimore who brings a different energy to the ring that it’s tough for his opponent to match. 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 is somebody who should continue to fly up the rankings. This will be Davis’ third career fight in Maryland, his birth state.
Ricardo Nunez enters this fight with a 21-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. Nunez has won each of his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off an April win over Eduardo Pacheco. Nunez hasn’t lost since a 2015 bout against Barnie Arguelles, and he’s fresh off a first round knockout where he dropped his opponent with a left hand. With finishes in 15 of his last 16 victories, the numbers may be impressive, but this is obviously the toughest test of his career and it’s not close. Nunez will turn 26 years old a day after this fight, and he’s 5’6” with an orthodox stance. From limited film available, Nunez seems to have heavy hands and some pop in both sides, so he has the potential to be dangerous. Nunez mixes his punches well with jabs, hooks and uppercuts, and he tends to unload once he has opponent up against the ropes. The concerns is that Nunez can be a bit wild with his combinations, which will open the door for a counter, and he doesn’t have the fastest hands. Nunez is going to exposed badly once he steps up in competition. This will be Nunez’s first career fight outside of Panama.
Nunez has enough power in his hands where he may make this fight interesting for a round or two, but his hand speed and defensive effort isn’t there for him to seriously hang with one of the top young boxers in the sport. Davis should have little trouble walking Nunez down and should be able to land some vicious counterpunches that finish this fight rather quickly. Nunez just hasn’t fought enough good competition for him to iron out some of the wrinkles, and now he’s being thrown into the ring with a killer. Props for getting a nice payday and national TV exposure, but this is diving in the deep end without properly learning how to swim.
Tank by knockout.