Boxing results, takeaway: Gervonta Davis sees his star shine brighter, Vasiliy Lomachenko gets back on track

A pair of incredible performances sparked excitement in the boxing world on Saturday night as Gervonta “Tank” Davis stopped Mario Barrios and Vasiliy Lomachenko returned to form with a knockout of Masayoshi Nakatani.

Davis won a championship in his third weight class, hitting 140 pounds against the much taller Barrios and bringing his trademark power to the welterweight division in front of a wild crowd in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Lomachenko may have cemented a rematch with Teofimo Lopez for three of the four recognized lightweight world championships.

These are the kind of parties that have a lot to tell for boxing fans. Let’s take a look at three of the biggest takeaways of the night.

Tank’s star continues to rise

You may question the claim that Davis is a true three-division world champion given that his reigns as lightweight and now junior welterweight were technically secondary championships within the WBA. It’s a boxing problem, not a Davis problem. The only sure thing is that Davis is becoming a sports superstar. While Ryan Garcia is followed by his social media and Teofimo Lopez has the biggest win in the younger generation of fighters around the lightweight, Davis is the man who is the tallest. boxing Star.

At Barrios, Davis had the right dance partner to shine even brighter than in other great moments, including his KO of the Year against Leo Santa Cruz in 2020. Davis was giving up the pitch and Barrios was able to withstand some kicking shots. hellish fist, even as he went down twice in Round 8 and then again in Round 11. Fans tune in to see a big puncher and they tend to respect fighters who are willing to test themselves by taking risks like jumping. by weight beyond what can be smart. Davis brought the power with him and delivered the drama, raising his star in the process. Barrios’ action has likely increased as well, even taking the first loss in his still young career.

Lomachenko gets his rematch Lopez … probably

After completely dominating Nakatani, attention immediately turned to whether Lomachenko would get his rematch with Teofimo Lopez. Lopez upset Lomachenko last October to leave the ring with three of the four recognized lightweight world titles and Lomachenko has since claimed the fight should have been a draw and blamed his injured shoulder – on which he had surgery after the fight – for many of his early hesitations in combat. Meanwhile, Lopez and his side have repeatedly stated that they are not interested in the rematch, citing that Lomachenko himself does not want a rematch clause in the contract for their first fight. Lopez recently settled his issues with Top Rank and Lomachenko being on the same court, the rematch is the easiest big fight for either man. Top Rank’s Bob Arum said he believes the rematch makes sense and will be a big draw on pay-per-view.

After Lomachenko’s victory, Teofimo Lopez Sr. said his son would grant the rematch on the condition that it happened as the pair’s next fight after Lopez’s mandatory title defense in August against George Kambosos. Lomachenko has said he is ready to do so in late 2021 or early 2022 and Arum has said he will make sure the fight takes place by having both men appropriately compensated. Of course, boxing has a peculiar way of getting in the way and Lopez flirted with the idea of ​​other opponents or even a 140-pound jump. If there was to be even a slight stumble at the negotiating table, it’s not hard to see the rematch fail to materialize.

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The future of boxing remains bright

We’re not far from Floyd Mayweather’s retirement and Manny Pacquiao’s decline leading to yet another claim that boxing was on its deathbed. There were no young stars, no fights that fans wanted to see and nothing aroused interest in the sport. But, as boxing always does, it has recharged itself with a crop of exciting fighters (especially at lightweights and welterweights), an increase in title unifications, and plenty of intriguing potential showdowns that get the ball rolling again. the needle.

That’s not to say boxing doesn’t have its share of problems. The twinning is often still far too political and the title image far too confusing to allow the sport to go where it needs it. But the thrilling performances of men like Lomachenko and Davis and the wealth of tantalizing fights available for both are still a reminder that boxing is largely on the rise, though it will never reach the heights of bygone eras.