By Thomas Lyons
Tipped as one of the future stars of world boxing, the accolades given to him by his manager, advisor and promoter ‘TMT’ Floyd Mayweather, Gervonta Davis faces Jesús Cuellar for the vacant WBA ‘Super’ Super-Featherweight title on his comeback trail after the disappointing end to 2017. Davis hasn’t fought since his appearance on the global attraction last summer, Mayweather-Mcgregor, where he showed a level of unprofessionalism by not making weight and ultimately paying the price of losing his belt on the scales.
Since winning the IBF world title against Pedraza, Davis has started to build momentum with a win over Brit Liam Walsh in spectacular fashion and living up to the hype as the young star in the sport. However, his sub-par performance against Francisco Fonseca, with a lot of unusual body language shown at the weigh-in and in between rounds on fight night shown by the Baltimore man in between rounds. Davis still managed to apply the pressure and dictate the pace of the fight with his superior skills and get Fonseca out of there in the eight round. Davis, under the bright lights, was confident in his stride and lethargic at times where his flashy style got the better of him.
The undefeated Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) starts his campaign back to the top with a tough fight against the Argentinian, Cuellar, who’s only lost on two occasions, most notably two years ago against current WBA ‘regular’ featherweight champion, Abner Mares. Cuellar should prove a reasonable test for Davis, who will need to be mature and professional in preparation and in the ring, doing so, will be on track to deliver another enthraling display of pure talent.
Kickstarting 2018 with a win would surely push Davis into contention for those big fights, possibly unifications later in the year and build his stature and profile even further, as protégé of Mayweather himself.