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Gervonta Davis’ Opponent Named For His Title Defense On Mayweather-McGregor Card

August 17, 2017
Undefeated boxing champion Gervonta Davis of West Baltimore, fighting as the top undercard attraction on the Floyd-Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor card in Las Vegas Aug. 26, will defend his title against Francisco Fonseca.

Davis, 22, is the youngest current American champion as the holder of the IBF super featherweight title (130 pounds), a championship he won in January 2017 and defended for the first time in May.

He is 18-0 (17 KOs), while Fonseca is 19-0-1 (13 KOs, with the draw coming in his first fight).

As the featured fighter in the top undercard bout – which is being advertised as a co-main event – Davis will share the spotlight of one of the most anticipated fight spectacles in recent memory.

Davis is a product of the Upton Boxing Center on Pennsylvania Avenue and is trained by legendary local boxing mentor Calvin Ford, but has become a Mayweather protégé.

Mayweather, who is based in Las Vegas, has been helping to guide Davis’ career and hails the young Baltimorean as boxing’s next superstar.

This will be the first fight for the 23-year old Fonseca in the United States and it’s a huge step up for the Costa Rican. All of his fights have been in his home country except for matches in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and he’s never faced anyone in Davis’ class. While Davis’ spot on the Mayweather-McGregor card has been set for a while, it took several weeks for an opponent to be named.

Davis, a southpaw with explosive power, won his 130-pound title against veteran Jose Pedraza in Brooklyn and successfully defended it in May against Englishman Liam Walsh in London.

The Mayweather-McGregor card is being offered through pay-per-view at $89.95 plus $10 more for high definition.

"I'm really excited to fight as the co-main event on the biggest card in combat sports history," Davis said in published reports. "I plan to put on a great show for everyone in attendance in Las Vegas and for those who purchase the PPV. I want to thank my team for this incredible opportunity. I'm ready for Floyd Mayweather to pass his torch to me. To my fans, I appreciate all of you. Support me and I'll fight for you."

The scheduled Mayweather-McGregor card at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena on the Vegas Strip will feature eight fights, including another title fight (light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly versus Badou Jack) and a women’s bout.