Gervonta Davis vs. Ricardo Núñez
Final Press Conference
Two-time super featherweight champion and Baltimore native
Gervonta “Tank” Davis went face to face with mandatory
challenger Ricardo Núñez Thursday at the final press
conference before Davis defends his WBA title in his
hometown this Saturday from Royal Farms Arena in an event
presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Also in attendance Thursday and competing in SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING action Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6
p.m. PT were former world champions Yuriorkis Gamboa and
Roman “Rocky” Martinez, who compete in a 10-round
lightweight showdown, plus rising contender Ladarius
“Memphis” Miller and former champion Jezreel Corrales, who
also compete in a 10-round lightweight affair.
Davis vs. Núñez is the first world championship in Baltimore
in nearly 50 years and Davis will become the first champion
from Baltimore to defend his title at home in nearly 80
years. Davis has been fully embraced by his hometown leading
up to his championship defense, including a ceremony at City
Hall on Wednesday where Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young
presented him the the Key to the City.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
Thursday from the Baltimore Convention Center:
“Coming back to Baltimore and bringing this big event to the
city means a lot. I’m training with my brothers that I grew
up with and I’m around family and friends. It’s exciting.
“The main reason why I wanted to come back home was because
of people getting killed in this city. I want to be seen as
one of the people who can bring the city together on a
positive note. I fought in LA, London and New York, so it
was about time for me to come home.
“Camp has been great. I can’t wait to put on a show Saturday
night. I appreciate Núñez for taking this fight. This
undercard has great fights and possible future opponents for
me. I’m just soaking it all in right now.
“July 27 we’re going to put on a great show, me and Núñez.
We both have big knockout power and may the best man win. I
hope he’s ready, because I was born ready.
“I had a hard camp, so I don’t think it’s going to go past
five rounds. I’m in a good space in my career and I’m
excited to get in the ring.
“He’s a confident fighter with a lot of knockouts. We’re
taking him seriously. It’s going to be a great night. He’s
coming to take my spot. He’s coming up into my house, so
I’ll be ready.
“People are going to see that I’m serious on Saturday. The
rest of the division and everyone calling me out better be
ready too. It’s all business on Saturday.
“It feels amazing to have this support from my city. I’m
working my way up to being a big star and it’s unbelievable.
I’m anxious and excited to get in the ring. I don’t want to
rush the moment, because I should enjoy it. I’m soaking it
“I know I’m facing a good fighter who can crack. I’m not
taking him lightly at all. Mentally and physically I’m
all-in. I have the whole city on my back and I have to come
in there and show up on Saturday.
“I believe that Núñez is excited to be a part of this. He’s
not scared and he’s enjoying the moment like I am. Hopefully
he’s at his best Saturday night, but he won’t know how good
I am until he gets in the ring. Right now it’s a game to
him, but we’ll see Saturday night.”
“This is my first time in the United States and Baltimore is
a beautiful city. I’m excited to bring a great fight to
these fans. It’s my first time fighting for a world title
and I’m happy to take advantage of it.
“I’ve had a strict diet and strong training camp. We’re
going to give the fans a great party on Saturday night and
it’s going to be a great fight.
“I have a high knockout percentage and I know that I can
knock Gervonta Davis out. When we get in the ring, we will
see who’s the best. He’s the champion, but I’m here to take
the victory. I’m here to win.
“Losses make you stronger. The loss I had made me more
focused on the sport. I’ve worked harder in my training camp
“We’re a few days out from the fight and I’m ready to knock
him out and win the title. Anything can happen in the ring,
so I hope he’s ready. The world is going to know who I am
after this fight.
“I’m very confident about this fight. It’s going to be a
great fight but I will get the victory. I’ve been in the gym
working harder than I ever have. I can’t speak for him, but
I hope he’s worked hard too.
“My style is to wait to see how my opponent fights and then
adjust from there. No matter what, I’m a hard puncher.
“Saturday night it’s going to be a big spectacle. My entire
country is going to be watching. I think we are going to see
a knockout, not sure in what round, but we may get one.
“Hardship led me to boxing. When my first daughter was born
I was unemployed, I worked construction to make ends meet. I
found boxing soon after and here I am.
“We’ve watched tape on Davis. We have studied him, broken
his style down and we have a solid game plan. He’s not going
to see me coming.
“My idol in boxing is my fellow Panamanian Roberto Duran and
I want to do be able to do the things he has for our
country. I’m here to make a great name for myself and my
“This is a wonderful fight and a wonderful opportunity for
me. We’re ready and Team Gamboa has made great efforts to
prepare for this fight. I’m ready to get this victory on
“My focus is completely on Martinez. After this fight, we’re
definitely looking to fight Gervonta Davis next. We’re going
to be prepared for that fight too and we’ll be ready to come
out with a victory there too.
"The difference with this fight has been the excellent
preparation. In my previous fights I was not able to prepare
with the proper time frame that I usually get for a fight.
For this fight I have had excellent preparation.
"I think he brings a lot of experience to the table but so
do I. I think it is going to be a very good fight because
we’re two boxers with great experience. On Saturday, we’re
going to find out who is the best.
"I am not in the prediction business but I have prepared and
I am going to give my best on Saturday."
“I’ve had a very good camp for this fight. I’ve been working
hard since my last fight. I’m facing a good fighter in
Gamboa, but I have everything I need to take the victory
back to Puerto Rico.
“I know that Gamboa is a well-rounded fighter with a lot of
experience. But I have a lot of experience as well and
that’s going to help me get this victory.
“I’ve kept getting stronger and kept in good shape since my
loss. I think all of that work will show itself in the ring
“We’ve sparred with people who move and have similar styles
to Gamboa’s. I think that’s going to help me expose some of
the defensive flaws that my opponent has.”
“I had a great camp. I’m prepared to fight a former world
champion and a warrior. Jezreel is a tough competitor. He’s
done something that I’m trying to do, which is become a
world champion. He’s a great stepping stone for my career.
“On July 27 I’m ready to showcase my skills and talent. I’m
here for a reason. I come from a rough background but I’m
here now. Whatever it takes to come out victorious on July
27, I’m ready.
“I feel like I have the power to stop Corrales. His chin has
been suspect his whole career. He’s gone down in a few
fights. I respect him because he’s a true champion, but I
feel like his chin is suspect. I want to go out there and
test it out.
“I know that Corrales is here trying to make his presence
felt. What he’s done, doesn’t mean anything to me. I know
what I’m capable of. This is nothing new to me. He’s going
to be in for a rude awakening Saturday night.”
“I want to thank everyone who made this opportunity
possible. This was a great training camp and I worked hard
to perform at my best on this stage.
“We’re here to fight and I’m well prepared to take the
victory home on Saturday night. My power and my preparation
is going to be the difference in this fight.
“I have everything that I need to beat Miller on Saturday.
He’s never faced anyone like me. My experience and the
strength will be like nothing he’s ever seen.
“In the ring, anything is possible. When you have heart and
go into the ring, you can make anything happen. I’m more
than ready to leave it in the ring on Saturday.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“Thank you for everyone coming out. Baltimore is a city that
has raised world champions and the city continues to prosper
with this very special homecoming this Saturday night
featuring Baltimore’s own, Gervonta ‘Tank; Davis taking on
“This is more than two fighters going head to head in the
ring. This is an inspiration to Gervonta’s hometown, and his
fans and peers coming behind him, that anything is possible,
even when the odds are against you.
“This is an event where we all get to witness what a
historic and iconic city Baltimore is, and one that hasn’t
seen a world title defense from one of their own in almost
80 years. It is a homecoming for our two-time world champion
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and Mayweather Promotions is really
looking forward to promoting our first boxing event here in
this city that has birthed a star with a fight of this
“We’re rolling out the red carpet at Royal Farms Arena, and
ladies and gentlemen, I promise you from top to bottom that
this will be a very very entertaining and exciting card.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports and Event Programming,
Showtime Networks Inc.
“Let me start off by asking a basic question. Why are we
here? We’ve got a really strong three card fight, that’s
obvious. We’ve got a little of everything. We have an
Olympic Gold Medalist, we have three former world champions,
we’ve got six quality fighters in the lighter weight
divisions and we’ve got great match-ups.
“In Ladarius Miller vs. Jezreel Corrales we have an
up-and-coming contender against a former 130-pound champion.
The co-feature battle is between two former 130-pound
champions. Cuban Gold Medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa is long
known as one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, and
he’s up against three-time champion Roman Martinez.
“The two fighters in our main event have a combined record
of 44 fights and 39 KOs and I know they’re both looking to
make Saturday a short night. This is the first time ever for
SHOWTIME in Baltimore. This is the first Baltimore world
title fight since 1970. Gervonta is the first Baltimore
native to defend in his hometown in almost 80 years. But how
did we get here? It’s really due to two men: Calvin Ford and
“Coach Calvin is reserved and quiet. He certainly doesn’t
talk about himself a lot. I am glad to see that he is
getting the recognition that he deserves, not just as a
boxing trainer, but as a trainer of young men, because that
is what is at the heart of what Calvin Ford does at his gym.
It’s not about building world champions in boxing, it’s
about building world champions in life. This is a little
taste of the spotlight for coach Calvin and I’m happy to see
him get it because he does 99.99 percent of his work outside
of the spotlight with no one watching and no one giving
“The other reason we’re here is because of Gervonta Davis.
The story about Gervonta starts for me in 2014 when Leonard
and Floyd Mayweather first brought him to my attention.
Obviously Gervonta and Calvin had been working together well
before that and as long as I’ve known ‘Tank’, he’s talked
about coming home to fight in Baltimore. But what’s really
impressive about that is that this is not just about
fighting at home, it’s not just about doing it for fans,
it’s not just an ego thing. This is about giving back to his
community because the reality is, this is not just a fight.
“This is an entire event that will produce massive financial
benefits for Baltimore. We are all here because of these two
men’s’ desire to be here. If ‘Tank’ hadn’t insisted to do
this, then none of us are here and the community is not
reaping any of the financial benefits that come along with