BY Scottie “The Context” White
December 28, 2019, State Farm Arena, Atlanta Georgia. Hosted a heavy New Years card of primarily fighters hailing from boxing footprint of Baltimore Maryland. There was a single Atlanta boxer on the card who actually trained locally in the southern stronghold by coach Mustafa, his name Demichael Harris 2-0 (2KOs). The boxing community has always gravitated to the villains, a boxer who may continue to elevate his/her hand higher in victory to that of their opponents but somehow due to multiple variables are injected with the haters venom. It’s almost a gifted curse if your bravado matches up well to the performances and in the melee somehow the specific fighter is anointed the bad guy.
If Gamboa was stopped from his first knock down, “he’s to old or never been the same since Terence Crawford.” I disagree and staple it as galimatias banter. On this night, Gamboa would attend the final frame of the championship bout, only to succumb as a result of the punishment dealt from Davis powerful delivery throughout the fight. The ebbs and flows of the championship clash was fairly exciting. High points frenetic the thousands in attendance, as both fighters powered up from cheers during the championship showcase.
Davis unloaded early on the Cuban Olympian, enforcing strict authority as it appears he would close out Gamboa early, but the former champion displayed his resilience in the early frames to drive Davis into the later rounds. A plan the Gamboa camp was adamant about in believing Davis durability would began to degrade the longer the fight carried the night. Part of this plan was effective as Davis was forced to downshift his pace focusing on inserting different looks to his offensive delegation. Gamboa experience, proved his wallstreet tallied a much higher stock as the 38 year old elder, in comparison to Davis, a 25 year old superstar in the sport. Gamboa landed solid combination-sets in pockets during the fight, a surged which seemed strong enough to changed the momentum but Davis refused the invitation, as he returned fire with his own destructive hallmark with hooks, uppercuts and stinging jabs to the body.
State Farm Arena erupted during the rallies betwixt the fighters, seeing fans postured for a better view of an high-energy headliner on Mayweather and TGB co-promotions. As the final framed expired, Davis jolted Gamboa with a blistering uppercut sending him down on the seat of his wallet, as referee Jack Reiss commence the count. Gamboa would be halted at 1:17 in the final frame as Davis was now an official two-division champion earning the vacant WBA (REG) lightweight title. Davis proved once more he’s a ferocious finisher. Davis post fight mentions, “I mean, you’re saying ‘moving closer to that fight,’ it’s like he above me,” Davis told BoxingScene.com following his victory over Gamboa. “You know, I don’t feel nobody above me. I’m the cash cow, I believe, at 135, 130. I’m setting all records. I’m putting butts in the seats, so I don’t think he doing that. So, you know, line ‘em up. I’m willing to fight anybody. I’m ready.”
Official scorecards Davis v. Gamboa December 28, 2019
On the lea of media voices, tones and vilification seem to harmonize off controversy outside the ropes from Davis victory. Implying it was a sub-par performance in pointing the finger to a second round injury. Furthermore to clarify no one has the doctors results in hand to confirm the extent of damage. Gamboa had this to say of his injury – “In my history I have shown my warrior heart and I do not complain. I’m not complaining. We got to the 12 round. We didn’t finish it, but I was an injured person from the second round. I didn’t take the win, but to all the fans, all those who watched the fight, I wholeheartedly say that I hope they are satisfied with my performance. At my age, I don’t have many years left, but if the doctor tells me that there’s no need for surgery and rest, and everything can get better, in a month I can start training.”
But hold on a minute, those we consider casual fans, is there now a bleed over of insurgency from casual associated press. Individuals who are more inclined to report on the wave of controversy, an incitement correlated in an tech-era where views of content demands an insidious approach. Here is a closing tidbit ” According to reporter George Ebro, Gamboa was medically evaluated and will not require surgery to repair his existing injury. “
Davis-Gamboa peaked an average audience of 604,000, Davis versus Nunez peak audience of 594,000 and an average audience of 553,000 on July 28 from Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
If this championship bout fell short, then the crickets were silent about boxing veteran Nonito Donaire (37yrs old) going the distance with hard hitting Naoya Inoue (26yrs old). He’s a bantamweight unified monster right? What about when Anthony Joshua decision Joseph Parker, stopped by habla el Michelin man Andy Ruiz. where is the outcry – unified champion right! Tyson Fury former unified but active phantom lineal banshee who distanced Otto Wallin ranked 63 suffering a gaping cut from that guy. In 2018, Vasyl Lomachenko was dropped by an older fighter with three loses in Jorge Linares.
Just a few refreshers to let you sulk in the funk-bias, maybe its fueled from Davis being a “Mayweather Promotion signee, the biggest fighter you love to hate in Floyd Mayweather. The same fighter who was an expert in rolling his monetary axis of zeros straight to the bank from the pockets of salivating fans eager to see him take a single lose.
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