By Rich Cheney: IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) will be making a voluntary defense against #7 IBF Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) on August 26 on Showtime PPV on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This isn’t a great fight for the 22-year-old Davis, but it’s not all that surprising. Davis’ promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t in a rush to put him in with any of the good fighters in the 130lb division like Vasyl Lomachenko or Miguel Berchelt.
Mayweather wants Davis to get a few years of experience before he starts putting him in with solid guys that have the potential to beat him. If Davis were put in with the likes of Berchelt and Lomachenko right now, he’d likely lose to both.
“I’m really excited to fight as the co-main event on the biggest card in combat sports history,” said Davis. “I plan to put on a great show for everyone in attendance in Las Vegas and for those who purchase the PPV. I want to thank my team for this incredible opportunity. I’m ready for Floyd Mayweather to pass his torch to me. To my fans, I appreciate all of you. Support me and I’ll fight for you!”
Davis has made huge waves since whipping Jose Pedraza by a 7th round knockout earlier this year on January 14 to win the IBF World super featherweight title. Davis has made one defense of his IBF title in beating Liam Walsh by a 3rd round TKO on May 20 in a mismatch.
There’s not much to say about Fonseca, 23, other than his record is totally built up on fluff opposition. The Costa Rican fighter has been fighting fluff since he turned pro in 2013. The sanctioning bodies see something in Fonseca for them to give him the ranking that he has right now.
I don’t see anything on his record that suggests that he should even be ranked in the top 15 right now, but obviously he’s been selected because he’s no threat to beating Davis.
These are the last 4 opponents for Fonseca:
– Eliecer Lanzas (17-8-3)
– Miguel Corea (6-16)
– Luis Gonzalez (22-8-1)
– Azael Gonzalez (10-20-1)
Fonseca’s record is not good, is it? I’m still trying to understand why on earth the International Boxing Federation has him rated in their top 15. I wouldn’t have him in my top 50 with the record he has going right now. That’s not to say that Fonseca wouldn’t deserve a top 15 ranking someday, but he should have at least beaten a halfway decent opponent by this stage for him to be ranked No.7 by the IBF. I’m just saying.
It’s still difficult to know how good Gervonta is, as his opposition hasn’t been good enough for the boxing world to learn much about him. He looked decent against Liam Walsh and Jose Pedraza, but those aren’t great fighters. Besides those guys, Davis has wins over Marios Antonio Macias (28-18), Guillermo Avila (16-5), Luis Sanchez (17-4-1) and Christobal Cruz (40-18-4).
There’s really not much to look at when scanning the resume of Davis. To be honest, he’s looks like he’s been pretty well protected during his career by Mayweather Promotions. I’d like to have seen Davis fight the talented guys like Vasyl Lomachenko , Jesus Cuellar, Miguel Berchelt, Orlando Salido, Takashi Miura, Francisco Vargas, Jezreel Corrales or Jhonny Gonzalez.
It’ll be interesting to see how well Davis does when he gets inside the ring when he eventually faces one or more of those guys. But I think we’re likely going to see Davis matched against some of those guys when they’re old and over the hill. Salido is 36 now, so he obviously doesn’t have a lot of time left in his boxing career.
The results for the Davis vs. Fonseca fight won’t tell us much about how good or not so good Davis is, because it’s a mismatch on paper. For the boxing fans to learn anything about Davis, they’re going to need to see him matched against some of the above-mentioned fighters. I think it’s likely that Davis would lose to Salido and Lomachenko if those fights were made right now.
Davis would struggle against Miura, Corrales, Gonzalez, Vargas and Berchelt. I can’t see Davis beating all those guys. He would lose to at least 1 or more of those fighters. Salido might be too advanced for Davis to deal with right now at this early stage of his boxing career. Davis needs more development before he can get put in with someone solid. Mayweather is smart. He’s not going to throw Davis to the wolves and watch him get torn apart by one of the experienced fighters like Lomachenko.
“I am super grateful for this great opportunity,” said Fonseca. “The dream of every young boxer is to fight for the world title and this opportunity comes at the best moment of my career and in the biggest in the history of this sport. I will beat Gervonta Davis and I will shock the world that night.”
That will be a shocker if Fonseca beats Gervonta like he says. There would need to be a serious reset of Davis’ career if he gets beaten by this guy, because Fonseca is not rated as highly as many of the other contenders in the super featherweight division. You would think that Mayweather and his people have scouted out Fonseca well enough to know that he’s a safe fighter to throw in the ring with David without anything unforeseen happening.