On Friday night, April 1, 2016, undefeated super featherweight professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, Maryland/pro record: 14-0, with 13 KOs) returns to the ring at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., televised on Spike TV. Davis will face Guillermo Avila (Tijuana, Mexico/pro record: 16-5, with 13 KOs) in a ten-round bout. The Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV telecast begins at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT, with Davis-Avila opening the telecast. In the main event, Adrien Broner will defend his WBA Super Lightweight Title against Ashley Theophane. At Gervonta Davis’ media workout on March 23 at Upton Boxing Center, the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, honored Davis with a Certificate of Recognition for his leadership and community accomplishments. After receiving the award, Davis answered questions from the media and then sparred several rounds.
Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, “It is great to see Gervonta Davis accomplish so much and I know that this is just the beginning. He is a role model to all the young men and women who come to Upton Boxing, and the youth of Baltimore look up to him. He carries himself with respect, and he has pride for his hometown. To be a great boxer, you must be disciplined, you must train hard, and you must be dedicated. Although Tank is only 21 years old, his achievements illustrate his commitment to these principles. I am so very proud of him. I am excited for his next fight on April 1.”
Davis’ boxing trainer, Calvin Ford (Upton Boxing Center/Baltimore, Maryland), said, “The amount of media at Tank’s workout at Upton Boxing Center reminded me of when Mayweather addressed the media in Las Vegas after his last fight. Tank did a great job of making himself accessible to every media outlet that came to see him. On April 1, I’m hoping Avila brings out some things in Tank that I know are in him, but haven’t come out yet. I want the world to see who Tank really is as a fighter. There are some issues that we are working on in the lab, so that we can have a great performance on Spike TV. We will continue to work all the way until fight time. I appreciate our mayor of Baltimore City getting behind Team Davis, continuing to support our team and Upton Boxing Center. Thank to you Mayweather Promotions for assisting us in everything we need to help prepare for the fight.”
The 21-year-old Davis discussed his media workout and his upcoming fight in Washington, D.C. He said, “I appreciate that the mayor came out to my media workout to support me. Thanks to the media that came out to see me get ready for another big TV appearance, and I’m just blessed to have my city of Baltimore behind me. It is important to me that I show the kids that there’s other ways to make it besides doing negative things. I am aware of what my opponent Avila brings and the experience he has. He’s tough, throws hard shots and is a good counter-puncher. I’m working hard in camp and I’m looking forward to returning to Spike TV again to put on another great show. Thank you to my team, Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions, Al Haymon, Nike Boxing, Athlete Performance Solutions, Shane Goodell, Rich Brand, Joe Fields, Just Your Touch Graphics, Events DC, Martez of Yekim, Cierge Luxury, and Ethika. Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you.”
Tickets to Gervonta Davis’ fight on April 1, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, About Billions Promotions, and Headbangers Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $50, and $25, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations or call (800) 745-3000. The D.C. Armory is located at 2001 E Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. On fight night, doors open at 5:00pm. On Thursday, March 31, weigh-ins at the Gaylord National Harbor will begin at 1:00pm, and will be open to the public. The Gaylord is located at 201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.