Gervonta is officially on the clock.
The World Boxing Association (WBA), which is a rising star unbeaten, has ordered the clarification of which title he intends to continue moving forward. Baltimore’s Davis (25-0; 24KOs) holds the WBA Super title at junior lightweight. He also holds the WBA World titles at lightweight and junior-welterweight. These are the only two WBA titles where there is currently a WBA Super champion.
The matter has been addressed Friday via official letter–a copy of which has been obtained by with a one-week deadline to clarify at which weight he plans to campaign and defend a WBA title.
“On behalf of the entire Directorate of Gervonta Davis World Boxing Association, we would like [to] let you know how proud [we are] to have such a great champion as you in our boxing familia for more than [three] year,” Carlos Chavez, Chairman of the WBA Championship Committee noted to Davis. “You won the Super Featherweight (130lbs.) first. Title on April 21, 2018, and then the Super Featherweight (130 lbs.) title on December 28, 2019. The vacant Lightweight (135lbs.) title was won on December 28, 2019. Title on April 21, 2018, and then the vacant Lightweight (135 lbs.) title on December 28, 2019. Title, you’ve shown what you can do in every title fight that you have fought.
“For the WBA titles, and the awards, continue to be given out to the champions. To keep giving equal opportunities for future champions. We would like to know by Friday August 27th, 2021 which title you currently own – Super Featherweight, Lightweight, or Super Lightweight – we will keep and defend it from now.”
In April 2018, Davis won the WBA Super 130-pound title by beating Jesus Cuellar. This was less than one year after he lost his IBF junior lightweight title. After two successful defenses, Davis agreed to vacate his title. Two-fold, the move was made. One, to temporarily compete for a lightweight title. The other, to win the WBA “World”, belt at that weight, following a twelfth round knockout of Yuriorkis Gamboa. This fight took place in front of a sell-out crowd at State Farm Arena, Atlanta. After a twelve-round victory over Miguel Flores in Nov. 2019, Leo Santa Cruz won the WBA “Super”, junior lightweight title.
After a sixth-round victory over Santa Cruz, Davis was able to regain his 130-pound belt. This event confirmed Davis’ status in 2019 as a box-office draw. It follows three Showtime main events that were successful in three cities.
Davis was allowed to keep both alphabet titles. He added a belt at a tertiary weight after Mario Barrios’ eleventh round stoppage. Davis won the WBA “World” junior Welterweight title at State Farm Arena on June 26th.
Teofimo Lopez (12KOs), currently holds the WBA Super title and the IBF/WBO lightweight belts. Josh Taylor (18-0), 13KOs, enjoys the undisputed championship status as junior welterweight, which includes his WBA Super title. Davis is the WBA junior lightweight champ. Roger Gutierrez (26-3-1), 20KOs, and Chris Colbert, interim beltholder, were recently given orders to start negotiations for a title consolidation clash.
Already, the three-division title status was seen as being on borrowed time. Clarification is urgently needed in light of the WBA’s attempts to reduce its number of title holders. This campaign was initiated earlier this month after a conversation documented with the Association of Boxing Commissions.
Davis repeatedly mentioned plans for a ring return, tentatively scheduled for October or sometime in the fourth quarter. The teased timeframe has not been confirmed by either an opponent or weight division, but the WBA is now requesting an explanation as to the title he plans to defend next.
“Should we not inform you in the given period,” stated Chavez, this committee will enforce rule C. 9–Single title: An Association Champion cannot have more than one world title in a single division. A World Champion who wishes to fight in another division must submit a written request to the Championships Committee and must sign a document stating that he will decide which title he wants to keep and give up the other. The Championships Committee can withdraw his recognition of any title or combination if he fails to follow these requirements.
“If we don’t receive any information by Friday, August 27, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET, the WBA championships committee will take the appropriate actions according to our rules and regulations.” ET. The WBA championships committee takes the appropriate actions in accordance with our rules and regulations.