BALTIMORE — Gervonta Davis returned to Baltimore in empathic fashion, defending his WBA Super Featherweight World Championship with a second round technical knockout of mandatory challenger Ricardo Núñez Saturday on SHOWTIME from a sold-out Royal Farms Arena.
Fighting for the first time at home as a world champion, and in the first world title fight in Baltimore in nearly 50 years, Davis again proved why he's one of boxing's brightest young stars. After a first round where he peppered Núñez to the body, the youngest reigning America world champion landed a series of brutal left hooks flush to Núñez's face that sent the challenger stumbling into the ropes in the second. With Núñez (21-3, 19 KOs) leaning against the ropes and unable to defend himself, referee Harvey Dock stepped in to stop the contest at 1:33.
The resounding knockout was Davis' 21st knockout in 22 professional fights, and perhaps his sweetest. It occurred in front of 14,686 fans in the first hometown title defense for a Baltimore native in 79 years.
"Tonight, we showed out," Davis said. "It's amazing to fight in front of my hometown fans, my family. It's an incredible feeling. It's not just a win for me, it's a win for Baltimore. I want to do it again.
"I'm always ready. He wasn't. He wasn't alert and I caught it with my third punch. I got him with a body shot. I caught him with a really nice shot. That was it."
It was the second defense of the WBA belt for the 24-year-old, two-division world champion.
"I have the WBA belt and I have the IBF belt," said the undefeated Davis, who lost the IBF in 2017 after failing to make weight. "Tevin Farmer fought tonight. I want Tevin. That's a fight that can be made. Let's get it on later this year."
After the fight, promoter Floyd Mayweather, who called Davis the future of boxing when he first won the title in 2017, lauded his star fighter.
"Tank is an unbelievable fighter," Mayweather said. "He's something special. This is a pay-per-view star. He has the charisma and the will to win. He has a big heart and has a great team behind him."