Mayweather apprentice to defend world title belt at Olympic Park

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Floyd Mayweather’s apprentice is to defend his world title at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, 22, is to defend his IBF super featherweight world title against Britain’s Liam Walsh, 30, on 20 May at the Copper Box Arena. Both are undefeated, but Davis goes into the bout as the betting favourite largely because of his high knockout ratio of 16 KOs in 17 fights.

Davis – who is originally from Baltimore in the US – is aiming to emulate the achievements of his promoter and mentor Floyd Mayweather. When speaking at a press conference last week, Mayweather warned the English challenger that Davis will be primed for 20 May.

“Our man, our young fighter, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, will be ready,” he said. “One thing about Gervonta Davis is he’s always in exciting fights.

“We’re pleased about having the fight here [in England], because I couldn’t come over here and fight but I promise we will bring more boxing to the UK.”

The event’s promoter, Frank Warren, said, “Gervonta is considered to be by some members of the press and people in the know as the next big thing in American and world boxing. I can assure you this is going to be a great fight.”

Walsh fought twice last year; the first, an 8 round TKO victory over Troy James, was part of last May’s Copper Box bill which was originally meant to be headlined by Billy Joe Saunders’s first world title defence.

On the undercard, British welterweight champion Bradley Skeete defends his title against Shayne Singleton and Ryan Walsh, brother of Liam, defends his British featherweight title against Ireland’s Marco McCullough.

Teenage heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois will have his second professional contest on the card, while Hackney’s undefeated light heavyweight Anthony Yarde will look to extend his knockout streak.

Speaking exclusively to The Hackney Post, Francis Warren, Frank Warren’s son and a member of the promotional team for 20 May, said, “Gervonta is a very good fighter.  

“His last performance against [then IBF super featherweight champion Jose] Pedraza said a lot – he broke the guy down and finished him off – but I think Liam will be his toughest opponent.  

“Liam Walsh is tough, he’s slick, he can fight and box as good as anyone in his division. I’ve got a picture in my head of Liam Walsh with an IBF belt around his waist.

“We expect a sell-out; the addition of Davis and Walsh will attract the casual boxing fan to the event.”