Gervonta Davis misses weight TWICE: Liam Walsh questions Floyd Mayweather methods

Davis is of that mould, from the most risky projects of West-Baltimore.

Davis, who looked spectacular in an exciting seventh-round knockout of Jose Pedraza to claim a 130-pound world title on January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will not be making his initial defense at home in Baltimore, where he would surely draw a crowd.

Pitting himself against the small army of support for IBF world super featherweight title challenger Liam Walsh, of Rochdale via Cromer, Davis started slowly, boxing with the Englishman, before eviscerating his foe with a barrage of vicious blows in the third stanza.

Davis went in for the stoppage, bashed Walsh with left over the top bashed against the right ear, and Michael Alexander stopped the fight, much to the protestations of Liam, his promoter Frank Warren, and the partisan crowd.

Though perhaps it is too soon to fight the other titleholders in his division, Davis made a statement in a weight class that includes the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko, Miguel Berchelt and Jezreel Corrales, all of whom hold titles. "This is just one more step to me", he said.

Mayweather joined Davis in the ring during a press event in Bethnal Green ahead of Saturday's fight, imparting some wisdom to the 22-year-old during a light workout.

Despite his youth, Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) is treating his overseas trip with maturity and sees it as a great opportunity.

"I'm not one bit intimidated, not one little bit, not by Floyd, not by "Tank" (Davis' nickname), not by anybody". The fights air on BT Sport in the U.K. and the Davis-Walsh main event will air on Showtime in the United States as well. I'm a better fighter now than at any time in the past.

"I thought that it was going to take a couple more rounds for him to get the guy out of there, but I take my hat off to Liam Walsh, he was a tough competitor", Mayweather said. I'm actually staying level headed, staying focused.

Mayweather again reacted, insisting: "We'll take your cheque". I think I have a better boxing IQ than him. 'Never leave the gym, ' he said.

Liam Walsh - unbeaten in 21 bouts - entered the contest having waited nearly five years for a shot at a world title, after a vehicle crash forced him to pull out of a scheduled meeting with Scotland's Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title in 2012.

Mayweather is not the only boxing veteran who mentors Davis. "I'm working extra hard".

The Baltimore boy remains undefeated after 18 fights while Walsh will have to recover from his first loss to get back into world-title contention.

  • Zachary Reyes