Rising star Gervonta Davis stops Guillermo Avila with sixth-round TKO

WASHINGTON – Fast-rising lightweight star Gervonta Davis remained undefeated, abusing Mexico’s Guillermo Avila from the opening bell Friday night before stopping him with a barrage of power punches just 29 seconds into the sixth round of their 10-round bout at the DC Armory.

The fight was part of the televised undercard for the main event between Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane on Spike TV.

“I knew he was a strong opponent,” Davis said. “He kept bouncing back and I actually thought he was going to get up at the end, too. He is very experienced and I thank him for taking the fight. He brought out the best in me.

“There is always room to get better and better, but this is another step toward my dream. I’m happy with my performance and it is even more special to have done it where I made my pro debut, so close to home.”.

Davis, the fireplug from up the road in Baltimore who has been training at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas, stopped Avila in the sixth round with a barrage of power-packed straight left hands and right hooks.

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Davis, a 5-foot-6 inch ball of fire, could have stopped Avila earlier. In the fifth round, Davis drove a straight left into Avila’s jaw and dropped him to the canvas. Avila made it to his feet shortly before the bell rang.

Davis, just 21, improved to 15-0 with 14 KOs, while Avila fell to 15-6 with 12 KOs. His extreme quickness and short stature allowed him to avoid most of Avila’s wild right hands.

In the third round Davis caught Avila with one of his deadly left uppercuts, which he landed all night, and opened a cut below Avila’s left eye.

“We prepared really well and think we did well,” Avila said. “The cut came from a head-butt which complicated the situation for me as it didn’t let me see properly from that point forward. But it is what it is … He won. He’s good, and he hits hard.”.

The soft-spoken fighter proved that when he unloaded on Avila in the fourth round, backing him into the ropes and letting his hands go. Amazingly, Avila withstood the pressure and barely survived the round. He appeared to be out on his feet and referee Michelle Myers was getting ready to stop the fight when the bell rang.

“I’m happy I could get this victory for my team, Floyd Mayweather and everyone that supports me,” Davis said.

(Photo of Davis, right, and Avila by David Nadkarni, PBC).