UFC Featherweight Max Holloway Eager to Fight Undefeated Boxer Gervonta Davis

UFC Featherweight Max Holloway Eager to Fight Undefeated Boxer Gervonta Davis

Byron Pillay
updated at April 27, 2023 at 8:19 AM
  • Max Holloway is looking to compete in a crossover boxing/ MMA fight in the future
  • He identified Gervonta Davis as his dream opponent for a blockbuster boxing bout
  • Holloway also believes the rehydration clause factored into Davis' recent victory

Could the world of combat sports see another crossover event in which a professional boxer takes on an MMA competitor?

If Max 'Blessed' Holloway gets his way, that will definitely be the case.

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Max Holloway would love to fight a boxer and has identified Gervonta Davis as a dream opponent. Image: Chris Unger
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The former UFC Featherweight champion has discussed the possibility of competing in a high-profile boxing match and even named his dream opponent.

As noted by Bloody Elbow, Blessed wants a big fight with none other than Gervonta 'Tank' Davis. The UFC fighter was in attendance for Tank's victory against Ryan Garcia and was inspired to jump into the ring by it.

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“Let’s make a big fight with Tank or something. Tank is following Floyd Mayweather’s recipe to the key, so why not fight an MMA guy, and we do a big one? Just don’t put no hydration clause in it like how he did to my man Garcia,” he said.

As noted by Inside Sport, Davis included a rehydration clause in the contract for his fight with KingRy.

As per the clause, Garcia could not gain more than 10 pounds from the weigh-in, meaning he couldn't weigh more than 146 pounds on fight day for their catchweight bout.

This ensured both fighters competed in the same weight class, as Garcia generally fights in a division above Tank.

Holloway talks rehydration clause

While Garcia hasn't blamed the rehydration clause for his loss, Holloway believes it played a massive part in the outcome.

“The hydration clause is real. He couldn’t rehydrate properly, and that shot might not look hard, but to a dehydrated body, that hurts a lot. That shot probably hurts a lot even if you’re not dehydrated," he said.

While Blessed would love to compete against Davis one day, that doesn't mean he's walking out of the MMA world now. According to the latest Featherweight rankings, Holloway is the second-ranked fighter in the division.

Only the champion, Alexander Volkanovski, and the interim champion, Yair Rodriguez are ranked above him.

Holloway has lost three times to Volkanovski and is unlikely to get another shot at the title unless a new champion is crowned in the division.

Blessed is also considering moving up to Lightweight to challenge Islam Makhachev for his belt.

Davis stops Garcia in Vegas

King Ryan Garcia and Gervonta 'Tank' Davis finally settled their beef in an action-packed fight in Las Vegas.

Billed as the biggest fight of the year, both men came into the contest with undefeated streaks on the line.

Davis needed just seven rounds to stop his rival and maintain his undefeated streak, Sports Brief reported.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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