Saturday night at the Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland Gervonta Davis defended his WBA Super World Super Featherweight title against Ricardo Nunez out of Panama. While Nunez was the mandatory challenger for Davis title this was a mismatch on paper and in the ring. Up until this point Nunez who entered with 19 of his 21 wins come by stoppage, had never faced an opponent in the top 50 or fought outside his native Panama.
While he was on a stage he had never experienced before Nunez was confident in his abilities, he stood in front of Davis and cut the ring off while jabbing which gave indication we might be ion for a solid fight.
That all changed in the second round when Davis landed a combination on Nunez which sent him into the ropes, Davis continued his assault until referee Harvey Dock jumped in and stopped the action at 1:33 of round two.
The replay showed Nunez was not hurt as it appeared and Davis missed several of his punches, after the Maxim Dadashev tragedy in the same state just a week ago it was a case of Harvey Dock making sure a repeat situation did not occur.
The co-feature would be between former world champions Yuriorkis Gamboa and Roman Martinez in a super featherweight contest. Over the last several years both Gamboa and Martinez have been fairly inactive, with neither having a significant win during that time leaving questions on which if either had anything left in the tank.
It was a short one sided affair, Gamboa was clearly faster and it paid dividends because Martinez could not avoid any of Gamboa’s offense. While Martinez has never been known for defense was especially slow and every punch landed by Gamboa did damage. There would be two knockdowns scored by Gamboa in the second round with the second one ending Roman Martinez night and perhaps his career.
With the win Yuriorkis Gamboa improved to 30-2(18) while Roman Martinez drops to 30-4-3 (18). At thirty seven and thirty six years old I don’t know what if anything is really left in either man’s career at a high level or even co-feature status.
In a lightweight contest Ladarius Miller improved to 20-1(6) after gaining a split decision victory over former world champion Jezzrel Corrales. This was not the most entertaining bout but Corrales in my won the contest by out boxing Miller for seven of the ten rounds.
A horrible call by referee Brent Bovell in round ten which he deducted a point from Corrales for holding (Which turned out to be Miller holding and throwing Corrales to the canvas) turned what would have been a draw into a split decision win for Miller. This would be the third loss for Corrales who now stands at 23-3 (9).
In Undercard action
Super Featherweight-Jayson Velez 26-5-1(22) def. Hector Ruben Ambriz Suarez 12-11-2(6) via. TKO7
Super Lightweight- Malik Hawkins 16-0(9) def. Jonathan Steele 9-5-1(6) via UD 8
Super Flyweight- Dylan Price 9-0(6) def. Samuel Gutierrez 16-24-6(6) via. UD 8
Super Lightweight- Kenny Robles 7-1(3) def. Shawn West 3-1(2) via. UD 6.
Super Lightweight- Kareem Martin 13-2-1(4) def. Luis Gerardo Avila 8-19-3(5) via RTD 3.
Super Featherweight-Malik Warren 1-0 (1) def. Davonte McCowen 0-1-1() via TKO 2.