Premier Boxing Champions has formally announced a homecoming fight for WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis.
Previously reported by Fightful, Davis will defend his title against mandatory challenger Ricardo Nunez on July 27. The fight will serve as the main event of a Showtime-televised card from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
The fight will be Davis' first in his hometown of Baltimore since winning his first world title back in January 2017. A homecoming fight had been planned for several months and it would be Davis' second fight of 2019. According to a press release sent to Fightful, Davis will be the first Baltimore native to defend a world title in his hometown since Harry Jeffra defended a featherweight championship back in 1940.
As for what is next for Davis if he beats Nunez, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told Fightful the plan was to have a potential unification bout in the fall.
“Hopefully, if he can get through his mandatory, we’re going to bring him back in the fall and he’s going to be fighting in a big fight in the fall. I hope it will be a unification fight. If not, everyone is calling him out and we’re going to make the biggest fights possible for Gervonta Davis. He has a very big career ahead of him and we’re so excited about what the future lies for him,” Ellerbe told Fightful in May.
Davis has held the WBA title since April 2018 when he defeated Jesus Cuellar at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He has made just one defense of the title, a first-round knockout win over Hugo Ruiz back in February. The 24-year-old Davis currently holds the WBA's "Super" version of the title while Andrew Cancio holds the "Regular" version of the belt.
Nunez, ranked No. 2 by the WBA at 130 pounds, has not lost a fight since 2015, emerging victorious in his last 10 bouts. During his lengthy win streak, Nunez has held WBC Latino Silver lightweight and interim WBC Latino super featherweight titles.