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Two of boxing’s biggest breakout stars will headline a PBC on Prime Video pay-per-view card this Saturday in Las Vegas as Gervonta “Tank” Davis and David Benavidez return in a pair of high-profile fights.

Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) will snap a 14-month layoff when he defends his WBA lightweight title in the main event against top contender Frank Martin (18-0, 12 KOs). The MGM Grand Garden Arena will also be home to a must-see bout in the 175-pound division as David Benavidez (28-0, 24 KOs) moves up in weight to face former champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (20-1, 16 KOs).

Gervonta Davis and Frank Martin

As we draw closer to this weekend’s action, let’s take a closer look at the biggest takeaways.

1. It’s “Tank” against the world

Or, at least, that’s the way it has felt over social media in recent months. At 29, “Tank” remains one of the sport’s biggest stars despite making his return to the ring for the first time since knocking out Ryan Garcia in their blockbuster showdown in April 2023. Davis served time in prison to close the calendar year and, for a stretch, found himself out of boxing’s day-to-day limelight. The time away appeared to build a sizable chip upon his shoulder as fighters like Garcia returned to the spotlight thanks to an upset of Davis’ fellow 140-pound titleholder, and former undisputed lightweight king, Devin Haney. From the dismissive attitude he showed toward Martin in their kickoff press conference in May to his multiple tussles online with fellow elite fighters, including lightweight

Gervonta Davis

titleholder Shakur Stevenson, Davis has displayed an unmistakable longing to remind the boxing public exactly who he is. Davis has even traded barbs with former promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr., along with former unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., who promotes Martin, as a revenge for Spence picking Davis’ opponent to win. Davis has emerged through training camp in the best shape of his career and brings an extra level of danger to the fight given the added layer of menacing focus he has brought to the build-up. With the longest layoff of his pro career now behind him — along with added reason to mature into the next level of adulthood given his public missteps — it could be time for the very best version of Davis to arrive on Saturday.

The fight will be streamed on Prime Video PPV

Gervonta Davis and Frank Martin will do battle this Saturday in a fight in which neither is expected to hold anything back for the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight title.

The bout to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, has a backstory, as both were part of the training team of former world multi-champion Floyd Mayweather.

Davis recalled the day he got mad at Martin when Martin managed to connect with him with a powerful left jab and it then became “kind of a wrestling match,” Tank recalled.

Gervonta Davis

Martin recalled that he connected with a powerful punch that staggered his opponent, who tried to put him in a wrestling headlock.

Davis comes in as the heavy favorite for the bout

Tank Davis is marked as a heavy favorite and bookmakers are giving Frank Martin little chance to raise his fist at the end of the bout.

However, this situation seems to put Martin at ease, as he will come out without any pressure to go for the division title.

“These types of fights are the ones that define you. I feel like I’ve been the underdog in this sport since I started, so it’s nothing I’m not used to,” Martin said.

Both come into this bout with an undefeated record, as Davis has a 29-0 professional boxing record and a whopping 27 knockouts, while Martin has an 18-0 record with 12 knockout victories.

In addition, the co-feature fight will also be very attractive as it pits Mexican-American David Benavidez against Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis

 

How much will it cost you to watch Saturday’s big boxing match?

The show kicks off at 5:00 p.m. local time, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time in the United States, and will be available on Prime Video PPV.

The cost to watch the fight and the entire show is $84.99, but in order to see the fight, you must first be a Prime Video subscriber.

Tank is preparing to fight Frank Martin on June 15 for the WBA lightweight title.

Gervonta Davis is widely regarded as one of the best boxers in the sport’s recent history. At 29 years old, he still has a lot of fight left to carve out a truly unique legacy.

But getting to the pinnacle of the lightweight division didn’t come easy, although a lot of it was due to Tank himself. Davis has been marred by out-of-the-ring legal issues over the past seven years. One of those issues led to him spending 44 days in jail last summer.

Tank Davis says jail changed him as a person

Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis

During a recent interview with PBC, Davis spoke about those 44 days and how it changed him as a person.

Prison can change any man, and it sounds like a month and a half played a role in reshaping Davis’ mindset. In December, Davis converted to Islam, another nod to his personal change.

Davis has stayed out of trouble in the lead-up to his fight against Frank Martin on June 15. Davis puts his WBA lightweight title on the line against the unbeaten 29-year-old with a lot to prove.

The boxing world is well aware of the equation between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and Gervonta Davis. Mayweather Promotions has been promoting Davis since 2015. However, Davis split apart from the organization in 2022. After they parted ways, Mayweather expressed his admiration for the American boxer and claimed he would always love Tank.

Even though Mayweather was always complimentary of Davis, the latter typically expressed negative things about Mayweather. However, Davis expressed no hate for his former promoter in an interview ahead of his upcoming fight. He even praised Mayweather for his boxing prowess.

Floyd Mayweather and Gervonta Davis

Gervonta Davis buries the hatchet with Floyd Mayweather

Tank is set to face Frank Martin on June 15th. He had not been inside the squared circle for the past 14 months. Ahead of his fight with Martin, Davis was questioned about his opinion on the best boxers in a Q&A. When asked which boxer he thinks has the best speed, he said Sugar Ray Leonard. While talking about the boxer with the best power, he named three-time world champion in two-weight classes, Julian Jackson, and former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Floyd Mayweather and Gervonta Davis

For footwork, he chose Hall of Famers Pernell Whittaker, also known as ‘Sweet Pea,’ and Sugar Ray Leonard. Following that, Davis stated, “Ring IQ, I gotta go with Floyd.” For the best chin, he was going to say himself, but he refrained and said, “I ain’t get hit in the button yet. I don’t know yet. I would say Floyd though because Floyd got flushed, you know, he was hurt bad. So I would say, Floyd. See, I’m not a hater.”     

Claressa Shields is looking to add the WBC and WBO heavyweight titles to her mantle when she faces Vanessa Joanisse at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Shields (14-0, 2 KOs), 29, the current women’s undisputed middleweight champion, will return to the ring for the first time since defending the undisputed crown against Maricela Cornejo just over a year ago in the same arena. But she is moving up two weight classes to challenge Lepage-Joanisse.

Claressa Shields

Lepage-Joanisse (7-1-0, 2 KOs), 28, won the WBC women’s heavyweight title in March by edging Argentinian Abril Argentina Vidal by split decision, part of a four fight win streak. This will be her first title defence.

Shields defeated Savannah Marshall in the boxing ring October 2022 to become undisputed in women’s middleweight boxing. She joined the PFL in November 2020, is 2-1-0 in the PFL and recently attended her boxing rival’s PFL Europe debut.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis returns against Frank Martin in this week’s headline fight.

Friday, June 14

DAZN, 2:00 pm ET, Abass Baraou vs Macaulay McGowan. Baraou defends his European 154 lb title in a Wasserman Boxing main event. Lerrone Richards is also back in action, if you’re a Lerrone Richards fan.

DAZN, 8:00 pm ET, Jose Andres Teran vs Agustin Perez. From Naculpan, Mexico. It’s a pretty mediocre card, but it is one of 150 guaranteed fight nights DAZN promises you for your very affordable subscription.

Gervonta Davis

Saturday June 15

Peacock, 1:00 pm ET, Chris Billam-Smith vs Richard Riakporhe. These two met back in 2019, with Riakporhe winning a close decision. Now it’s Billam-Smith with the world title as the A-side, and it should be a good fight, the two have styles that mesh well. We’ll have a post up for this but not the usual coverage.

Gervonta Davis against Shakur Stevenson is one of the fights in and around the lightweight division that fans have been calling for.

With extreme talent at 135 and 140 – Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Vasily Lomachenko and more – not enough top fights have been made. The three mentioned above have stepped up and faced one another in recent years but, other than his Ryan Garcia victory, Davis hasn’t been matched up with enough of the upper echelon.

Stevenson, despite chasing the Lomachenko fight, is in the same boat. The slick technician is a three-weight world champion at just 26-years-old, but is calling out for a marquee main event against a star like ‘Tank.’

Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis

Should the fight be made, it’s no surprise that Stevenson’s friend and training partner Terence Crawford – himself coming off the back of a long-awaited super-fight against Errol Spence – backs him to win. He told SHOWTIME as much.

Despite the confidence, ‘Bud’ Crawford said in another interview that it’s Stevenson’s toughest test.

“One thing I can say about Tank is he’s smart, he can box, and he’s explosive. I see that being Shakur’s toughest fight, because of the power. Everybody know Tank punchin’.”

Despite ‘Tank’ announcing that Shakur is on his hit list in the next seven fights, fans want less talk and more action. Should the fight be made now it would be a lightweight unification, adding belts to the already perfectly intriguing affair.

Wladimir Klitschko has been in with some powerful fighters, but none who had heavier hands than Corrie Sanders.

Now retired, Klitschko is considered one of the best heavyweights of all-time and in his second stint as world champion, he reigned unbeaten for ten years.

But in 2003, when he held the WBO heavyweight world title, he came up against South Africa’s Corrie Sanders, otherwise known as ‘The Sniper’.

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Sanders had Klitschko down twice in round one and after putting him down twice again within the first thirty seconds of round two, the referee waved off the contest.

Klitschko has since admitted that Sanders hit him harder than any of the other opponents he faced in his 21-year professional career.

“He was very fast and he had really powerful hands,” Klitschko told The Ring.

“I’ve been in boxing for 25 years and I never fought anybody in this game that punched like Corrie Sanders.”

This is despite the fact that Klitschko has shared the ring with some of the all-time heavy hitters, including David Haye, who the Ukrainian beat by unanimous decision in 2011.

‘Hayemaker’ was unable to regularly close the gap to Klitschko, who was heavyweight champion at the time, and was largely dominated by the Ukrainian who controlled the exchanges.

Haye had success in the third, and pushed for a stoppage staggering his rival with a huge overhand right in the championship round, but Klitschko showed his traditional resilience.

Towards the closing stages of his career, Klitschko then came up against Tyson Fury and lost by unanimous decision in 2015, during what was considered a huge upset at the time.

Fury produced a scintillating boxing masterclass on German soil, completely dominating the Ukrainian in stunning fashion to steal the unified heavyweight world titles.

The original date of 20 July was cancelled given Tyson’s health problems relating to ulcers with the fight now to go ahead mid November.

A new date has been confirmed for the long-awaited return of the legendary Mike Tyson to the ring as he is set to face YouTuber Jake Paul with the fight initially scheduled to take place on July 20 of this year at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (home of the Dallas Cowboys).

Tyson, suffered an ulcer flare-up during a flight from Miami to Los Angeles recently and this medical situation prompted the event organizers to prioritize his well-being and reschedule the fight. Both fighters remained committed for the bout to happen and there were never any plans in place for canceling the fight.

Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul to get new date with pro fight in jeopardy

“I fully support postponing the event so Mike Tyson has no excuses come fight night,” said Jake Paul. The YouTuber, who has made waves in the boxing world with his unorthodox journey from social media stardom to professional fighting, expressed confidence in his abilities. “When he steps into the ring with me, I will be ready to claim my W with a sensational finish.”

There was brief speculation that another boxer may have been drafted in to replace ‘Iron Mike’ with Roy Jones Jr.’s name being linked but after a positive prognosis regarding his health situation, it will be the former heavyweight champion who steps into the ring in Dallas on 15 November with the fight set to be broadcast live on the popular streaming platform Netflix.

WBA lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 29-0 (27) believes he succeeded in intimidating Frank ‘The Ghost’ Martin 18-0 (12) at their press conference last weekend ahead of their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada next Saturday night.

But the undefeated 29-year-old Baltimore southpaw admitted he doesn’t know if his attempts at psychological warfare will have any effect on fight night.

“I got in his head a little bit. Yeah, he was a little intimidated, even his brother. The people that were with him looked intimidated,” Davis said to PPV.com.

Gervonta Davis

“We got to see on June 15th if he’s really intimidated. I sparred him before at the Mayweather gym. Nothing really personal. It was just two young guys that was trying to make something out of nothing.”

Twenty-nine opponents have tried to take away Davis’ zero and all 29 have failed. Twenty-seven haven’t even made it to the final bell.

Davis says that’s because his opponents don’t know how to read him.

“They don’t know until they get in there and wind up doing it and it happens,” he said. “They get caught and they’re like, ‘damn, I made a mistake’. They don’t know that I set a trap the whole time.

“[Martin] has the craft. It depends if I want him to be the boxer. That’s what makes me great. What makes me so great is I can make a fighter do what I want to do inside the ring. When he starts doing it, that’s when I can pick him apart.”

Davis has developed into one of the biggest draws in boxing, largely helped along by his explosive knockouts that can come at any time in his bouts.

That’s what fans want to see and that’s what keeps them coming back for more, he says.

“Put on a great performance every time I’m under the lights and be myself for the most part,” aid Davis, who has a remarkable 93% knockout ratio.

Gervonta Tank Davis

“Most important is be great under the lights. Whenever I fight, whoever I fight, it’s just to make sure I can be explosive and much better than the next person.

“Make sure I can sell tickets. People want to see knockouts, so that’s what I have to deliver.”

Davis was promoted for a large part of his career by former multiple-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, who retired with a record of 50-0 with 27 knockouts in 2017.

The relationship eventually soured and the pair went their separate ways.

Mayweather was recently asked on the Come and Talk 2 Me YouTube channel how he thought Davis compared to his divisional rival, WBC lightweight champion and fellow lefthander Shakur Stevenson 21-0 (10).

“The biggest puncher at 135 will probably be Gervonta Davis, but the most skillful fighter at 135 will be, hands down, Shakur Stevenson,” Mayweather said.