Ultimate Fighting Championship

Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis seeks to add stability to star power as he prepares for title defense

Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis seeks to add stability to star power as he prepares for title defense

As a business, boxing rarely comes easy, even for the most gifted fighters.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis, the Baltimore-born and -raised WBA junior lightweight champion, had waited almost a year — his gnawing hunger deepening by the day — for a fight that could catapult him to the next level of recognition. On Feb. 9, he would finally have the chance to feast on Abner Mares, a genuinely accomplished opponent with an established fan base. It was a match-up that had hardcore boxing lovers buzzing, exactly as Davis had hoped.

So he could not help but feel let down when Mares pulled out 10 days before the main-event bout, initially blaming an elbow injury but later revealing that he’d...

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