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March 08, 2017


Press Release: Baltimore’s Gervonta Davis will make the first defense of his IBF junior lightweight crown against undefeated Liam Walsh at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday May 20th, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.  Davis, known as “The Tank” for his knockout power, wont IBF title with a seventh-round stoppage win over Jose Pedraza in January. He is relishing making the first defense of his crown on foreign soil. “I always wanted to come to the UK and fight,” said Davis. “Many of my fans are based there, so I’m just excited that they will be able to come see me fight in their own backyard. Liam Walsh is a tough contender, and I’m hoping he brings it. I will be well prepared for whatever he does, and believe me when I say that I will put on a great show.”

Davis continued, “that IBF belt is very happy at home with me and it will be staying with me for a long, long time. To all the people that have been messaging me positive things on my social media, thank you. Keep supporting me and I’ll fight for you.”

A slick southpaw, Walsh outclassed Andrey Klimov back in October to confirm his mandatory status as the number one contender He is 21-0 on his pro journey. “This is a serious fight,” said Walsh. “He is going to bring his best on May 20th and I’m going to bring mine. He is a very good fighter and I’m a very good fighter. May the best man win. I 100% believe that is going to be me. I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity and I’m ready to seize my moment and win a world title. Years of hard work in the gym has got me to where I am today and I’m not going to waste this golden opportunity. The Farmy Army will be out in full force to push me on to glory.”

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