Although Gervonta Davis’ in-ring action was limited to just one fight in 2018, Davis has big goals for the next two years.
During a recent press conference, Davis, who is going to defend his WBA “super” version of the 130-pound world title against Abner Mares, outlined his goals for 2019 and 2020. Davis stated that he is aiming for big fights in 2019 after Mares. With PBC working to create more pay-per-view boxing cards, Davis said he has a goal of headlining a pay-per-view in 2020.
"In 2019, I want to make a big statement not only in the ring but by letting the boxing world know that I'm the next star. I'm aiming to headline a pay-per-view by 2020 if everything goes right. I have great fights lined up for next year, without looking past Abner," Davis said.
In regards to his fight against Mares, Davis said he is excited to headline his first major boxing show in the United States and believes the three-division champion is a future Hall of Famer.
"I've always known that you can't underestimate anyone in the ring. You have to look at your opponent like they're equal to you. I understand exactly what I have in front of me. I believe that Abner Mares is a future Hall of Famer because he's fought so many top-level guys. This is big for me because this is my first time being a main event in the U.S. and I just feel blessed to be here,” Davis said.
Davis’ title defense against Mares will headline a PBC card from the StubHub Center in Carson, California on February 9, 2019 that will air on Showtime.