UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has recently traded social media shots with Gervonta Davis. ‘Tank’ is a pro boxer in the Mayweather Promotions stable. It seems the two are interested in settling their differences in a crossover bout similar to that of Mayweather vs McGregor.
Davis vs Dillashaw is of course not nearly as lucrative but it could draw some numbers. Davis is a rising star in the US and Dillashaw is one of the UFC’s biggest names in the lighter weight classes.
Since the Mayweather/McGregor event, Dana White has had plans to promote bouts in the Queensbury ruleset. He recently confirmed that the Zuffa Boxing idea is very much alive, but he looks to ‘dip a toe’ in the boxing waters initially. What better way to do that than with another MMA/boxing crossover, on a smaller scale?
The widely held belief is that an MMA fighter would not survive in a boxing ring with a specialist. In this instance, that is not the case.
Davis is known for his explosive combinations and he certainly has dangerous hands. However, he often leaves himself wide open when winding up big uppercuts and hooks from the cheap seats.
Dillashaw is a slick and quick operator, he waits for an opening and darts in. If you do not obviously give him an opening, he will find one because he can strike from a myriad of angles.
It is true that pro boxers have a heightened understanding of range and greater depth perception. However, this ability no doubt lies with Dillashaw too. He has sparred with Vasyl Lomachenko and he gave the pound-for-pound number one problems. A boxing bout between Davis and Dillashaw would be very competitive.
A fight under the MMA ruleset would be a foregone conclusion. Davis’ lack of knowledge when it comes to MMA stand-up and grappling would see him controlled from the outset. Dillashaw would likely score a knockdown early before finishing the fight on the ground.
Although Dillashaw has business to attend to in MMA, a boxing match with Davis could be a compelling venture later.