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Davis vs Gamboa odds: What's left in the 'tank?'

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Odds suggest Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) has little chance to defeat Gervonta Davis (22-0, 21 KOs).

The fighters will vie for the WBA Regular Lightweight title on Dec. 28 in a Showtime-televised headliner, live from State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Davis vs Gamboa odds (as of Nov 30)
Per SkyBet, the 25 year old Gervonta 'Tank' Davis is a huge 1/10 favorite while the 38 year old Gamboa is the 11/2 underdog. Odds of a draw are 25 to 1.

However, despite the odds Gamboa is not deterred.

“Critics make mistakes,” Gamboa stated via BoxingScene.com. “I proved against (Martinez) that I had a lot left in the tank–no pun intended. My goal is to prove that I belong here.

“In my heart and my soul I already know it.”

“December 28 will be a great war,” Gamboa guaranteed during a formal press conference to announce the event Tuesday in Atlanta. “Two great warriors in the center of the ring, may the best man win.”

Once the hottest prospect in boxing, Gamboa, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist who represented Cuba, has failed thus far to live up to the lofty expectations of fans and experts. Not only have contractual disputes limited his activity in the ring through the years, he's looked a bit too vulnerable against opponents he seemingly should have dominated.

Gervonta Davis - Last 6 fights (6-0, 6 KO)

Won KO 2 Ricardo Nunez
Jul 27, 2019

Won KO 1 Hugo Ruiz
Feb 09, 2019

Won KO 3 Jesus Andres Cuellar
Apr 21, 2018

Won TKO 8 Francisco Fonseca
Aug 26, 2017

Won TKO 3 Liam Walsh
May 20, 2017

Won TKO 7 Jose Pedraza
Jan 14, 2017

Looking for reasons to bet on Gamboa?
Tank seemingly is the better all-around boxer and stronger puncher; Conventional wisdom is Davis could out-box or out-slug Gamboa. And Tank is more likely to win, whether by KO or decision. 

It's not surprising why some think Davis vs Gamboa will be one sided.

Yuriorkis Gamboa - Last 6 fights (5-1, 1 KO)

Won KO 2 Roman Martinez
Jul 27, 2019

Won UD 10 Miguel Beltran Jr
Nov 10 2018

Won MD 10 Jason Sosa
Nov 25, 2017

Lost TKO 7 Robinson Castellanos
May 5, 2017

Won UD 10 Rene Alvarado
Mar 2017

Won UD 10 Hylon Williams,Jr
Dec 19, 2015

Do Gamboa fans have anything to fall back on?

Maybe... Yuri has 30 wins in 32 fights and fought well against the naturally larger, freakishly talented Terence Crawford in 2014, despite losing via a 9th Round KO. Given the fighter Crawford became, Gamboa's performance was nothing to be ashamed of. His second defeat, however, is.

In May 2017, Yuri quit against journeyman Robinson Castellanos (then 24-12) in what was one of the biggest upsets that year.

"I wasn’t prepared well," Gamboa said via RINGTV.com

To his credit, Gamboa attempted to face Castellanos again but the latter pulled out of the rematch. Perhaps we could give Gamboa a pass as it seemed he was clearly ill-prepared against Castellanos and tried to set the record straight in a rematch.

So, would it be safe to say Yuri, sans the Crawford fight, has won every bout he's been well-prepared for?

Rest-assured, Gamboa will be prepared for Tank Davis.

Also, Yuri has been on a roll or sorts, winning three straight over quality opponents since the loss in 2017. In his most recent bout in July, Yuri looked great in KOing Roman Martinez - a seasoned veteran who is very difficult to look good against. It was his first stoppage win in 4 1/2 years.

Gamboa has built some momentum.

And let's not forget the experience factor. Davis has looked awesome thus far but has never faced an opponent as experienced or accomplished as Yuriorkis Gamboa who boasts over 250 amateur bouts, an Olympic gold medal, world titles as a pro at featherweight and super featherweight and 32 professional fights.

A Gamboa win would be a sizable upset yet it would it be far from unprecedented given the criteria.

The victor of Davis vs Gamboa will be directly in line for superfight opportunities against the other powerhouses at lightweight such as Vasyl Lomachenko, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez and Richard Commey.


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