Showtime Championship Boxing (TV: Showtime)
Saturday, December 28th 9:00 PM ET State Farm Arena (Atlanta, Georgia)
WBA (Regular) and WBC Silver Light-Heavyweight Title Fight: Babou Jack (22-2-3) vs. Jean Pascal (34-6-1) 1 NC
Fight odds: Babou Jack -275 Jean Pascal +220
Vacant WBA (Regular) Lightweight Title Fight: Gervonta Davis (22-0) vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2)
Fight odds: Gervonta Davis -2500 Yuriorkis Gamboa +1100
Fanduel Boxing Pick Gervonta Davis vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
Atlanta will host the last big fight card of 2019. In the Main Event, Gervonta Davis will take on Yuriorkis Gamboa. In the Co-Main Event Babou Jack will face Jean Pascal in an interesting light heavyweight matchup. Both boxers are looking to re-establish their relevancy as the division has seen a change in power with the fall of Sergey Kovalev and the emergence of Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol, the division’s two champions. This should be an interesting bout between two veterans of the sport. Pascal has the more impressive fight resume between the two combatants, having been in the ring with top light heavyweights like Dmitry Bivol, Eleider Alvarez, Sergey Kovalev and Bernard Hopkins. While he did lose those fights he was competitive and earned those opportunities by beating the other boxers that were put in front of him.
Babou Jack has also fought great light heavyweights like Adonis Stevenson and George Groves, but will be looking to rebound after suffering his second career loss in January of 2019 to Marcus Browne by unanimous decision. During the fight against Browne, Jack suffered a massive cut on his forehead which didn’t help his comeback attempt as he was down on the scorecards. Interestingly enough, Jean Pascal also fought Marcus Browne in August of 2019, but beat him by technical decision after the fight was stopped due to a cut from a head clash. With both fighters having similar skill levels and resumes this should be a pretty evenly matched fight.
Both fighters like to work on the inside and I expect this to be a phone booth fight that has some great back and forth action. Jean Pascal has shown to be a decent boxer, but not quite elite with all of his 6 losses coming against quality competition. While Babou Jack won’t be the toughest opponent that Pascal has faced he will still need to be wary of the crafty veteran that will be motivated to put on a great performance after disappointing against Marcus Browne. The winner of this fight should once again be in line for big fights. Jack should have the edge as he is the more skilled boxer and is in need of a win to show he is still a force at light heavyweight. Babou Jack is 36, 6’1 and 174.5 lbs with a 73 inch reach. Jean Pascal is 37, 5’11 and 174.75 lbs with a 72 inch reach. With little separating them in terms of physical attributes, the mental fortitude of both fighters will be key to who wins this battle of wills. Take Jack to get a close decision win against an evenly matched opponent.
In the Main Event, Gervonta Davis will face Yuriorkis Gamboa for the vacant WBA (Regular) Lightweight Title (135 lbs). Davis has had trouble making weight in the past and once again came in overweight in his first weigh in by 1.2 lbs. But, he was able to cut enough weight to weigh in at 134.8 lbs in order to sanction the fight as a legitimate Title Fight. Davis is 25, 5’5 and 134.8 lbs with a 67.5 inch reach. Gamboa is 38, 5’5 and 134.5 lbs with a 65 inch reach. Davis’ biggest opponent might be himself. Repeatedly missing weight for this fight and past bouts shows that Davis may lack the discipline and work ethic to be truly great.
Despite getting in his own way, Davis may be the hardest puncher in boxing not named Deontay Wilder. Davis has 22 wins with 21 coming by knockout. For such a small fighter, Davis carries tremendous power and will need to fight great opponents to truly grow his name in the sport. The toughest opponent that Davis has faced would probably be Jose Pedraza, who he stopped in the 7th Round. What makes this win even more impressive is that it is Pedraza’s only loss by knockout. Vasyl Lomachenko also fought Pedraza and won by unanimous decision. While Gamboa isn’t the toughest opponent, he is a known name and his physical strength should give him a chance against Davis. Davis is coming off a 2nd Round TKO win over Ricardo Nunez in July of 2019.
Fanduel Boxing Pick Gervonta Davis vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
Gamboa is getting the opportunity to fight Davis after some impressive performances and hasn’t lost since 2017. Gamboa’s two career losses are to Terence Crawford and Robinson Castellanos. Gamboa is coming off a 2nd Round KO win over Roman Martinez in July of 2019. This is a great win as Martinez is a quality opponent and Gamboa showed that he is on another level and deserves to test himself against a destroyer like Gervonta Davis. Davis has lighting quick power and knocks out opponents before they even realize what hit them. Davis carries power in both hands and can devastate opponents with vicious uppercuts and has the unique ability to land accurate punches from weird angles that aren’t commonly seen in boxing. The right hook of Davis and his footwork often sets up his trademark knockouts.
Davis has a compact frame making him a smaller target for his hapless opponents. Davis has a bright future and another knockout against Gamboa should establish Davis as one of the best boxers in the world. If Davis could fight the likes of a Tevin Farmer, Vasyl Lomachenko or Teofimo Lopez it would further grow his following and give boxing fans some great competitive fights. The accurate punching of Davis and his destroyer mentality should garner another knockout against Gamboa. Davis will want to have an electric performance to set up bigger fights in the future. Tune in to Showtime for the last big fight card of 2019.