Gervonta Davis downplays Jose Pedraza ahead of first title shot: ‘Who has he beat?’

Gervonta Davis is ready for his first world title shot (Photo: Mayweather Promotions)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Jan. 14, undefeated junior lightweight contender Gervonta “Tank” Davis (16-0, 15 KO’s) will attempt to win his first world title when he locks horns with the division’s IBF champion, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (22-0, 12 KO’s).

The bout takes place as a co-feature to the Badou Jack vs. James DeGale super middleweight unification clash, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

It’s a very interesting matchup, pitting the explosive, 22-year old Davis against the dependable and always-ready 27-year old champion. Pedraza has gone the distance in his last four outings, emerging victorious against the likes of Stephen Smith, Edner Cherry, Andrey Klimov, and Michael Farenas.

Those are respectable names, but Davis isn’t quite sold.

“Who has he beat?” Davis asked during Wednesday’s open workout at Gleason’s Gym. On Saturday night we will find out whether the talent and gifts Davis has is enough to overcome Pedraza’s championship experience.

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