Gervonta Davis, the WBA Lightweight boxing champion, recently engaged in a highly anticipated bout with Ryan Garcia, securing a victory through a 7th-round TKO. Despite the match being contested at 136 lbs with a 10 lb rehydration clause, it was not for the title.
Currently, Davis has no upcoming fight scheduled, as contract negotiations with former undisputed champion Devin Haney fell through. Subsequently, Haney vacated his titles and claimed the WBC light welterweight title from Regis Prograis.
Gervonta Davis makes wild two-Ferrari demand
Gervonta Davis sparked a wave of controversy for his extravagant demand of two Ferraris to fight in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The undefeated professional boxer, known for his flamboyant persona, raised a lot of eyebrows with the demand. Particularly, Turki Alalshikh, the man behind Riyadh Season, expressed his interest to see Davis take on Devin Haney in Riyadh.
“They made me mad. If they want me they gotta send something to my front door…like 2 Ferraris or sum! Like before I even THINK about going over there,” tweeted Davis on his official X account. Ferrari is a symbol of wealth and extravaganza and Davis’s demand comes at a time when boxers like Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, and Francis Ngannou to name a few ply their trade in Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh has become a destination for high-profile boxing bouts with recent events like ‘Battle of the Baddest‘ and ‘Day of Reckoning’ being major successes. Moreover, fight fans highly anticipated the upcoming ‘Ring of Fire‘ and ‘Knockout Chaos‘ in February and March of 2024 respectively.
Boxing fans outraged with Gervonta Davis’ demand
Gervonta Davis’ demand for two Ferraris has been with backlash from the boxing community, fans, and observers alike. The fans argued that such high demands from Davis would affect the integrity of the sport and put focus too much on the materialistic benefit of the sport.
One fan labeled Davis as a ‘wimp’ for avoiding a tough matchup in Saudi Arabia as the nation only showcases fights between elite contenders. Davis and his team are often criticized for picking on easy fights to keep his undefeated record intact.
Another fan criticized Davis as he felt that Davis has not beaten a top contender in boxing and is not in a position to make outrageous demands. Many in the boxing community believe that Davis’ record is filled with cherry-picked fights.
Fans also criticized Davis for lacking the courage to face fellow undefeated boxers like Devin Haney or Shakur Stevenson in Riyadh. If Davis fights in Riyadh, Stevenson or Haney would be the potential opponent for Davis.
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