Gervonta Davis will face Yuriorkis Gamboa in December after all.
Multiple sources have confirmed to BoxingScene.com that the Davis-Gamboa bout has been scheduled for December 28. Showtime will televise Davis-Gamboa as the main event of a tripleheader that night.
The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger first reported Wednesday night that the Davis-Gamboa bout will air December 28 on Showtime. State Farm Arena in Atlanta is a potential site for the card headlined by Davis-Gamboa, but it hasn’t been finalized.
Davis versus Gamboa appeared headed for a January date on Showtime. The premium cable network has remaining money in its 2019 budget, though, because FOX will distribute the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz heavyweight championship rematch on pay-per-view November 23.
There will now be two “Showtime Championship Boxing” cards in December.
The first telecast, which was officially announced Friday, will feature WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo in the main event December 7. Houston’s Charlo (29-0, 21 KOs) will defend his title against Australia’s Dennis Hogan (28-2-1, 7 KOs) that night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Davis, meanwhile, will fight for the third time within this calendar year.
In his last bout, the 24-year-old Davis (22-0, 21 KOs) knocked out Ricardo Nunez in the second round of a main event July 27 that drew a capacity crowd of 14,686 to Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Davis’ hometown. Panama’s Nunez (21-3, 19 KOs) was the mandatory challenger for Davis’ WBA super 130-pound championship, which Davis since has relinquished to move up to the lightweight limit of 135 pounds.
Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) stopped Roman “Rocky” Martinez (30-4-3, 18 KOs) in the second round on the Davis-Nunez undercard. He’ll turn 38 five days before he faces Davis.
Showtime aired the Davis-Nunez and Gamboa-Martinez matches. This will mark the seventh consecutive Davis fight Showtime will have televised either live on the network or on pay-per-view.
The WBA installed Davis as its No. 1 contender in the lightweight division once he vacated one of its two super featherweight titles. The Cuban-born Gamboa is the WBA’s No. 2 contender at lightweight.
Davis and Gamboa will fight for a vacant version of the WBA’s 135-pound championship. Whomever wins the Davis-Gamboa bout is expected to become the mandatory challenger for the WBA’s true lightweight champion, Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.