A certain mythical title in the realm of boxing is coveted by many. And no, it's not the prized top spot in the pound-for-pound rankings that so many boxers strive for.
It has always been an honor to be referred to as the celebrity among stars, the ticket seller, or the one who moves the needle. That very championship has changed hands from fighter to fighter up until this point. And while Canelo Alvarez, Deontay Wilder, and others have all been regarded as the top dog, Gervonta Davis is adamant that he has supplanted them all as the man in town.
“I feel as though I’m the face of boxing right now,” said Davis to Showtime Sports during a recent interview.
Even though his statements are outrageous, they might be true. Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) has proven to be a draw in the pay-per-view market regardless of who he is fighting in addition to filling arenas all over the world. Most recently, the 28-year-old earned about 220k pay-per-view purchases against the underrated Hector Luis Garcia.
While acceptable, that number is expected to increase tenfold the following month. Davis will face fellow unbeaten and well-liked talent Ryan Garcia on April 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and put his spotless record on the line.
Davis can't help but observe his pugilistic surroundings as their big fight approaches. He acknowledges the abundance of skilled fighters with expanding fan bases in the boxing world, but he is adamant that his peers are merely playing the leaderboard game.
Davis has come to understand that history is cyclical. Davis comes to the conclusion that he's just following in the greats of the sport's history, such as Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, and many others, who pushed the envelope and became the dominant figure of their age.
“It’s a lot of fighters, if you watch, they do everything that I do. When Floyd was coming through, when Oscar was coming through, it’s something that you can’t teach. It’s just in you. When Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and all the greats were coming through, everybody wanted to be like that. That’s why a lot of people are calling my name.”