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Davis obliterates Walsh to retain title

If there were still questions of whether the hype behind Gervonta Davis was because of his incredible skill or because of the Floyd Mayweather promotion, he showed that he is the real deal on Saturday. Davis went to London, England and fought British star Liam Walsh at the Copper Box Arena, but fight really is not the best word to describe what happened.

Davis punished Walsh and improved to 18-0 with a third-round TKO victory in the first defense of his IBF world super-featherweight championship. The 22-year-old Davis became America’s youngest world champion when he beat Puerto Rica Jose Pedraza in January. Walsh was a rising British star who was 21-0 heading into the night but was completely outclassed by the quicker and more powerful champion.

Davis was controlling the action from start to finish, expertly using his jab to set up other punches, and was landing them all crisp with great precision. Davis wobbled Walsh in the third round with a hard shot and as soon as that happened he jumped at him even harder. Davis unleashed a flurry of punches and finally dropped Walsh. While the Brit made it to his feet, he was barely able to walk. Referee Michael Alexander did allow the fight to continue, but Davis kept the fast pace up and eventually forced the early end.

Despite his standing as the youngest American champion, Davis is still not regarded as the new big up-and-coming champion, but after his impressive display against Walsh, it is fair to ask if that will be the case for much longer. The scary part is that he is only 22-years-old and is already crushing top competition like he is right now.

Mayweather once again gave his protege tremendous credit for his latest performance, but Davis no longer needs his promoter to be his biggest hype man. Davis is doing his own talking with his fists and is earning the reputation that is being built.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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