WBA “regular” lightweight champion Gervonta Davis is not worried about contracting the coronavirus as he prepares to fight in front of a live crowd later this month. The unbeaten boxing starlet is set to face off against Leo Santa Cruz in the main event of a Showtime Pay-Per-View at the Alamodome in San Antonio on October 31.
Davis will be taking on his toughest opponent to date in his first-ever PPV main event. The bout will take place in front of several thousand people despite the fact the USA like the majority of the world is currently battling a pandemic.
Speaking to TMZ Sports ahead of his fight against Santa Cruz, Davis revealed he is happy to risk catching the virus if it means he gets to put a great show on for the fans, he said.
“I’m just only speaking for me as a fighter — I’m okay with getting sick to please the fans.”
“If I got sick and I find out that night, I’d be okay with it just knowing that I put on a great show. I did it in front of the fans. I did it for a cause.”
“If I gotta take that hit, then you know I’ll quarantine by myself, just knowing that I did it for the fans, and I did something great for the sport and things like that. I’m not saying I want that to happen but if that was to happen, I’m okay with taking that lick on the chin. Take that 14 days and stay healthy.”
Davis has already got one eye on his next fight. The 25-year-old is hoping to square off against fellow unbeaten lightweight contender Ryan Garcia – who faces Luke Campbell in December for the vacant WBC interim-title.
“Me and Ryan could definitely happen next if both parties get on the same page and make the fight happen,” Davis said.
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