‘I’M HERE TO KILL’ Gervonta Davis: Meet the ‘Mini Mike Tyson’ as Baltimore brawler prepares for world title shot against Jose Pedraza
Davis is set for his first world title shot in New York on Saturday ahead of the DeGale v Badou Jack fight
GERVONTA DAVIS has been dubbed the mini Mike Tyson – and it’s not hard to see why.
“My whole thing is this,” he says. “When I’m in there I have no love for the other opponent, I’m here to kill.
“If I can kill you, I would kill you. I don’t wish death upon anyone but this is what I am here to do.”
No wonder this short, stocky knockout artist is already drawing comparisons to the one-time Baddest Man on the Planet.
Just like the heavyweight icon did back in 1986, super-featherweight Davis has been given a shot at the world title despite being one of the youngest and inexperienced in the top 10.
And as fate would have it, the fight, which is the co-feature to James DeGale’s unification against Badou Jack on Saturday, is taking place at the Barclays Center here on Tyson’s old stomping ground – Brooklyn.
With all but one of his 16 contests ending in a knockout win, 22-year-old Davis has boxed a total of just 41 rounds during his professional career and is yet to go beyond the ninth. One of Tyson’s early nicknames was Kid Dynamite and the same could quite easily apply to Davis too.