Gervonta Davis nearing arrangement to shield title versus Abner Mares


LOS ANGELES – Junior lightweight world titleholder Gervonta Davis and previous three-division titlist Abner Mares are nearing an arrangement that would see them meet in February in a Showtime-broadcast headliner, Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza told ESPN on Thursday.

“They’re in discourses and drawing nearer to an arrangement and, ideally, it will be settled to make the February plan on Showtime,” said Espinoza, who is in Los Angeles to regulate the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury Showtime PPV card Saturday night at Staples Center.

Espinoza said the site has not been resolved and that the battle could be any of the Saturday evenings in February other than Feb. 2, the eve of the Super Bowl.

Espinoza said he trusts the battle will concluded and it ought not be excessively troublesome, making it impossible to complete it, as the two contenders need the session and both are spoken to by counsel Al Haymon, the Premier Boxing Champions manager.

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Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), 24, of Baltimore, would make the primary protection of his second 130-pound title rule. He won his title by third-round knockout of Jesus Cuellar on April 21 yet legitimate issues and issues with Mayweather Promotions constrained him to just that battle this year.

Female horses (31-3-1, 15 KOs), 33, of Montebello, California, has won world titles at bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight. He is falling off a hard-battled choice misfortune to featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz in a rematch in June. Female horses would climb one weight class to test Davis in endeavor to win a world title in a fourth division.

“It’s somewhat similar to [Errol] Spence-[Mikey] Garcia as in you have a person climbing to go up against an extremely profoundly respected best person. It’s not as large of a weight contrast as Spence-Garcia, however give Abner all the credit on the planet. That is not something that you would anticipate that him will seek after at this phase of his vocation,” said Espinoza, contrasting the match with lightweight titlist Garcia’s endeavor to climb two divisions to welterweight to challenge for Spence’s reality title in their March 16 Showtime PPV main event.

Be that as it may, it is Mares who has squeezed for the battle with Davis, like how Garcia pushed for the battle with Spence, Espinoza said.

“[Davis] got out. He didn’t look for the battle,” Espinoza said. “Obviously, ‘Tank’ will state, ‘Beyond any doubt, I’ll take the battle.’ And he’s still got [titleholder] Tevin Farmer in his sights. That is an extraordinary territorial competition [Baltimore versus Philadelphia]. That could be something if the limited time unions can be worked out.”




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