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Gervonta “Tank” Davis relinquishes his WBA 130-pound title, and Gutierrez will fight Colbert for the belt.

Allan Fox contributed to this article. Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis has vacated his WBA super featherweight [130-pound] title, which will now be contested by the’regular’ strap holder Roger Gutierrez and interim champion Chris Colbert. This is a long-awaited move on Davis’ part, as he had previously stated.

Gervonta won the WBA ‘Super World’ super featherweight title by stopping Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round in October of last year. Tank, on the other hand, instead of defending his title, moved up to 140 pounds in June of last year and defeated little-known WBA secondary light welterweight champion Mario Barrios by knockout in the 11th round to claim the belt.
During the first half of the fight, Gervonta didn’t appear to be in a good position against Barrios. Even Gervonta’s worried-looking promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. went to his corner after the seventh round, telling his fighter to “win one for the old Gipper.” After the seventh round, Gervonta’s fight appeared to be over.

For Floyd’s benefit, Tank reacted positively to his motivational speech, coming out and dropping Barrios twice in the eighth round. As a result of this, Tank was able to cruise through the fight against a fatigued Barrios until it was called off in the eleventh round.

Tank made the decision to fight Barrios rather than the legitimate WBA champion Josh Taylor for some reason. Despite the fact that Tank Davis’ actions made him appear weak to the boxing public, it is not clear whether he was directed to do so by his promoters at Mayweather Promotions.

Tank Davis defeated little-known WBA ‘regular’ 140-pound champion Barrios on June 26th, according to Josh Taylor, who jokingly declared that Davis had won the “Mickey Mouse belt.”

Is it possible that Tank left to avoid Valdez and Shakur?
A lot of boxing fans were hoping that Tank would keep his WBA ‘Super World’ super featherweight title long enough to fight WBC champion Oscar Valdez and the winner of Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson at the WBO 130-lb championship fight.
However, it’s possible that Mayweather Promotions was concerned that Tank would lose to those two opponents. As a result, Tank has decided to relinquish his WBA super featherweight championship.

Tank Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) will be able to retain his secondary titles at 135 and 140 pounds for one more fight, according to World Boxing Association president Gilberto Mendoza, who spoke to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger. After that, he’ll have to choose between the two of them.
Due to the fact that the undisputed 140-pound champion Josh Taylor is expected to vacate his four titles soon in order to move up to 147 pounds in search of greener pastures, it is predictable that the former three-division world champion Gervonta will retain his WBA ‘regular’ light welterweight title and relinquish his WBA ‘regular’ 135-pound championship.

If Gervonta were to successfully defend his WBA lightweight title, he would be expected to face some of the best fighters in the world at 135, including Vasily Lomachenko, Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, and Teofimo Lopez, among others.

That is not going to happen, obviously, not with the way Tank is being matched by his promoters at Mayweather Promotions at this point in his career.

With the pressure being applied to Tank by the boxing public to fight Lomachenko, Ryan, Teofimo, Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero, and Haney, staying at 135 would be an untenable situation for him.

Tank would be under tremendous pressure to fight those opponents if he were to retain his WBA lightweight title, and it is highly unlikely that he would do so.
WBA ‘regular’ super featherweight champion Roger ‘The kid’ Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20 KOs) won his title earlier this year in January, defeating Rene Alvarado in an action-packed fight that lasted 12 rounds and was decided by a unanimous decision. During the contest, Gutierrez knocked Alvarado out three times.

This month, on August 14th, Gutierrez defeated Alvarado by unanimous decision in 12 rounds, winning by scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113. Gutierrez has now defeated Alvarado three times.

Chris Colbert (16-0, 6 KOs) currently holds the WBA interim super featherweight title after defeating Jezzrel Corrales by unanimous decision in January of last year. Since then, Colbert, 24, has twice successfully defended his World Boxing Association title, defeating Jaime Arboleda and Tugstsogt Nyambayar, among other opponents.

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