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Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis Moves Into Top 10 of the world best boxers

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For Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, the hours after Gervonta “Tank” Davis’s knockout win over Ryan Garcia amounted to a victory lap. For years Ellerbe had declared Davis one of boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighters. After a dominant performance against Garcia, Ellerbe had the receipts to back it up.

“You guys have not seen what a terrific boxer Tank is,” Ellerbe told a group of reporters. “He’s a complete fighter. That’s the makeup of a complete fighter.”

Asked whether Davis was the best fighter in the world, Ellerbe smiled.

“Who’s been saying that all along?” Ellerbe asked. “He’s able to adapt to any style. He’s going to show each and every one of these fighters why he is the best.”

Asked whether Davis was the best fighter in the world, Ellerbe smiled.

“Who’s been saying that all along?” Ellerbe asked. “He’s able to adapt to any style. He’s going to show each and every one of these fighters why he is the best.”

Gervonta Davis
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 07: Gervonta Davis looks on before fighting Hector Luis Garcia in their WBA World Lightweight Championship bout at Capital One Arena on January 7, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

2. Oleksandr Usyk

Record: 20–0
Last Month: 2
Last Fight: SD win Anthony Joshua
Next Fight: TBD

Only Canelo Álvarez can claim a better résumé than Usyk, whose accomplishments include wins over Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis and Tony Bellew at cruiserweight, and now a pair of wins over Anthony Joshua at heavyweight. Usyk has settled nicely into boxing’s glamour division, finding a comfortable weight (around 221 pounds) and fighting style that has made him tough to beat. At the time of the last rankings, Usyk and Tyson Fury were closing in on a deal that would crown an undisputed heavyweight champion. Those negotiations failed (over a rematch clause, no less), and Usyk will likely move on to one of his mandatory challengers, with Daniel Dubois the early front-runner.GERVONTA DAVIS

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