Gervonta Davis: Shawn Porter Knows I Could Hold My Own, One Of Top Guys After Sparring Session


Gervonta Davis didn’t hesitate when his assistant trainer, Barry Hunter, asked him recently to spar with Shawn Porter.

The former IBF/WBC welterweight champion needed southpaw looks for his huge fight Saturday night against Terence Crawford, a right-handed opponent who often boxes from a left-handed stance. Getting that type of work made sense for Davis, too, because he is preparing for an aggressive, rugged, stout opponent in Isaac Cruz.

Porter stands about an inch-and-a-half taller than Davis and has boxed at or around the welterweight limit of 147 pounds for the past 11 years. That didn’t prevent Davis, who boxed at a career-high 140 pounds in his last fight, from holding his own in a spirited sparring session at Porter’s gym in Las Vegas.

Baltimore’s Davis gave his take on sparring Porter during a virtual press conference Monday to promote his pay-per-view fight against Cruz.

“It definitely was a good experience, you know, to spar and work with Shawn Porter,” Davis said. “My coach, Barry Hunter, he called me and asked me do I wanna work with Shawn Porter. I said, ‘Why not?’ We went up to, you know, his gym and we got work in. You know, I know, for sure, after that sparring session Shawn knows that, you know, I could hold my own. You know, and I can say the same for Shawn. You know, so he know that, you know, I’m one of the top guys, I’d say.”

The 34-year-old Porter, a native of Akron, Ohio, will attempt to become the first fighter to defeat Crawford when they square off in a 12-round fight for Crawford’s WBO welterweight title at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas.

Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is consistently listed as at least a 6-1 favorite over Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) by most online sportsbooks. Their bout will headline a four-fight ESPN Pay-Per-View show scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT ($69.99).

The 27-year-old Davis, meanwhile, will defend his WBA world lightweight title when he meets Mexico City’s Cruz in the 12-round main event of a Showtime Pay-Per-View event December 5 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Most oddsmakers have established Davis (25-0, 24 KOs), who has won world titles in three weight classes, as a heavy favorite to conquer Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs), who has won 11 straight fights.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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