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David Benavidez and Gervonta Tank Davis set to co-headline massive card in Vegas June 15

Boxing events don’t get much bigger than the announced June 15th card from MGM Grand Arena live from Las Vegas Nevada as two of boxing's biggest stars are set to co-headline a heater from the desert. Gervonta "Tank" Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA lightweight title in the main event against rising contender Frank Martin (18-0, 12 KOs), PBC announced Saturday on social media. In the co-feature, two-time super middleweight champion David Benavidez (28-0, 24 KOs) will move up to 175 pounds to challenge former champion Oleksandr Govzdyk (20-1, 16 KOs) for the WBC interim title.

The announcement marks a return to the ring for Davis for the first time in 14 months since he knocked Ryan Garcia via body shot in their PPV blockbuster last April. Davis has recently put various legal issues behind him which has caused his hiatus from the sport. Davis will have his hands full as he is expected to find legitimate competition in the form of Martin, a 29-year-old southpaw from Indianapolis, who is trained by Derrick James. Martin has three wins over unbeaten fighters in his last six outings alone, including a near shutout of Michel Rivera in December 2022.

As for the other main event David Benavidez has certainly turned himself into a fan favorite as he exhibits dangerous power and a willingness to fight whoever and whenever. Benavidez is coming off a fantastic 2023 which had him in the running for fighter of the year after challenging himself in tough bouts vs Caleb Plant and Demetrius Andrade.  Benavidez has decided to put his own career interests above waiting on undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, who returns May 4 against unbeaten Jaime Munguia.

 Benavidez will make his 175-pound debut against Gvodzyk, the 37-year-old former titleholder from Ukraine, who scored a trio of 2023 comeback wins after returning from retirement following a 2019 knockout loss to Artur Beterbiev in their unification fight. Other fights will surely be named later but as it stands currently this has the making of one of the most complete boxing cards we’ve seen.

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