Gervonta Davis v Liam Walsh

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"This isn't even your press conference: get the f-ck out of here".

A sign of Mayweather's faith in Davis comes in him not just accompanying his protege to London but, within a sport he has never seemed particularly passionate about, training alongside him despite his inactivity.

Davis, who looked spectacular in an exciting seventh-round knockout of Jose Pedraza to claim a 130-pound world title on January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will not be making his initial defense at home in Baltimore, where he would surely draw a crowd.

A shock occurred at the weigh in today as IBF super-featherweight champion Gervonta Davis failed his first attempt to make weight ahead of tomorrow's world title fight with Liam Walsh at the Copperbox in London. I'm going to slap both of your p*****s.

Until you have been there then you don't know how your body will react and there is no doubt Davis will expend plenty of energy in the first half of the fight as I'm convinced he will look to try to use his power and claim a quick win. This is why a great deal of hype follows Davis. "This is just one more step to me". I better not catch you in the US. "You could take me on any turf and I'm going to dominate". I'm actually staying level headed, staying focused. "I believe that I will have a crowd over there and I'm excited to put on a show for the United Kingdom fans". Mayweather has repeatedly said that he won't come out of retirement, against anyone, for less than $100 million.

Little under a year earlier Ricky Hatton was expected to be stopped by the fearsome Kostya Tszyu but secured one of the greatest wins of any British fighter.

Both men are undefeated so Walsh, although 31, has no trepidation about confronting the nine-years-younger champion whose 16 KOs in those 17 bouts - added to a rather large head as a child - give him the nickname Tank.

"We are very comfortable with the judges and we expect a very level playing field". I think I have a better boxing IQ than him.

On Saturday at the sold-out Copper Box Arena in London, the 22-year-old "Tank" Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) will attempt to become the first American to successfully defend his title on British soil in almost a decade.

Though Ford is Davis's head cornerman, Mayweather has extensive fight experience and he has been an active presence during the 22-year-old's preparations for Walsh this weekend.

"When I got back to Vegas, Floyd Mayweather was hands on more than usual, working with me in the gym late nights", Davis said.