Carl Frampton tweets Gervonta Davis after ‘Tank’ misses weight


Before Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather stood on the scales in Las Vegas last night it was the turn of the undercard fighters.

The pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena features a bumper card, and the chief support was to be an IBF super featherweight title defence from Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis [18(17)-0]

The Baltimore boxer takes on Costa Rican Francisco Fonseca [19(13)-0-1], who will have Crumlin cutman Andy O’Neill in his corner.

There was drama last night though at the weigh-ins as Davis was stripped of his title after coming in two full pounds over the 130lbs super featherweight limit.

Davis had previously struggled with the weight, having to take to the scales numerous times in his last defence against England’s Liam Walsh.

The title remains on the line tonight, but can only be won by Fonseca.

Davis posted on social media afterwards that “I’m young, I’m growing, I had a chance to make the weight, I knew I couldn’t make it and that’s that. I will have a belt again.”

The 22 year old isn’t the only high profile fighter to miss weight recently. Last month Belfast’s Carl Frampton came in one pound over the 126lbs featherweight limit for his WBC title eliminator with Andres Gutierrez.

This fight was subsequently cancelled after Gutierrez suffered a freak injury, and Frampton has since parted company with Cyclone Promotions.

‘The Jackal’ is currently in Las Vegas for tonight’s card – and is also believed to be having talks with major U.S. players whilst here.

Frampton was at the weigh-in in the T-Mobile Arena last night, and the fan favourite couldn’t resist the chance for some self-deprecating humour.

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