Gervonta Davis, left, is knocked down by Leo Santa Cruz during the first round of a boxing bout Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in San Antonio. Davis is an explosive fighter. And his last fight against Gamboa was a twelfth round stoppage victory for the American. Though Leo Santa Cruz is more than capable of going the distance, facing one of the best power-punchers in the higher weight class will be his biggest challenge. Prediction: Gervonta Davis defeats Leo Santa Cruz via TKO (Round 9), Derek Chisora vs Oleksandr Usyk – How to Watch, Date, Time, and Undercard. He is the more experienced fighter and arguably possesses the better fight IQ. “There were shots that I was hitting him with, and it was touching his gloves, but his head was going (back). At this point, there are two bankable PPV stars in the U.S.: Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao.
For Davis, the re-commitment to his craft occurred 14 weeks ago when he traveled to Las Vegas to train instead of remaining in his native Baltimore. (Sean Michael Ham / Premier Boxing Champions) Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) is no slouch, however, and doesn't feel as if he has signed up for a slaughter, especially after enduring one of the most turbulent times of his life during the pandemic. Just me fighting the right guys at the right time. Following his victory, the Baltimore product’s record moved to a perfect 24-0 with 23 knockouts.
The two will battle for two world titles at two weights—for Santa Cruz’s 130-pound junior lightweight title and Davis’ 135-pound lightweight belt. He’ll headline his first PPV telecast on Saturday night on Showtime, and he’s looking to make an especially good impression. It’s not about the weight.”, Despite his controversies and his legal issues (he’s faced assault and battery charges multiple times since 2017), people still tune in to watch Davis fight. The undefeated champion will face former multi-weight champion Leo Santa Cruz on October 31. Can Malik Hawkins Follow In ‘Tank’ Davis’ Footsteps And Become A Superstar? However, out of his 37 victories, only 19 have come through knockouts. In the fifth round, Davis began to assert control with a series of body shots that slowed Santa Cruz. TV: Pay-per-view ($74.99). As for Santa Cruz, the 32-year-old saw his record fall to 37-2-1. That didn’t occur when Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) fought Yuriorkis Gamboa last December. He even predicted a decision victory. Although he waved to the crowd and walked to the locker room on his own, Santa Cruz was taken to the hospital afterwards as a precautionary measure.
Two of the three wins against the aforementioned fighters were majority decisions. (AP Photo/Ronald Cortes), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. Either way, you do not want to miss this fight. “That shot (the final uppercut), a couple of times (prior) he was blocking it,” Davis said. It’s allowed him to get out of his comfort zone of Maryland and into a true boxing town where Davis says he can focus more on the assignment ahead of him. Gervonta Davis will keep coming and test Santa Cruz’s chin.
A right hook to the jaw dropped Karl early in the sixth round and his situation grew worse after suffering a deep cut to the middle of his forehead after butting heads with Barrios.
Especially after a mediocre performance the last time he stepped into the ring, he’s needed to sell this card to a public who have also been (or soon will be) bombarded by three other PPV options in the final quarter of 2020. Leo Santa Cruz may be the underdog in the fight, but he is no stranger to the big stage. The 95% knockout rate is something that can not be overlooked. GERVONTA DAVIS VS. LEO SANTA CRUZ EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIG FIGHT. I think that’s why they gravitate to me.”. In his 23 professional fights, 22 have come by knockouts. “I’m probably happier than he is.”.
In a super featherweight title fight, Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz meet Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.The fighters will battle for the belts in the 130- and 135-pound weight classes. Division: Junior lightweight. “I just have to go out there and be great,” Davis said. At stake: Santa Cruz’s WBA 130-pound title and Davis’ WBA secondary 135-pound title (not recognized by Boxing Junkie). Santa Cruz became the aggressor in the third round following his early success. The bouts were part of the first major boxing card with a live audience since the Coronavirus pandemic shuttered all sports drew 9,024 fans to the Alamodome.
“It was stuff that, me just not going away from that punch and keep testing it.”. That is without question when you go into three cities and bring out all the people that he has.”. While doing so, I wrote books about Heisman Trophy winner and first-round NFL draft pick Johnny Manziel, legendary football coach Sid Gillman and the University of Cincinnati football program. And it’s not the first time. Gervonta Davis steps up in the biggest fight of his career on Saturday against veteran Leo Santa Cruz in a battle for the WBA super featherweight and lightweight titles. Gervonta “Tank” Davis is looking for a fresh start. Gervonta “Tank” Davis has so many advantages when he faces Leo Santa Cruz on Showtime PPV on Saturday. Seating was limited to 11,000 due to social distancing at the 72,000-seat facility. The heavy blows in each fight rang through the cavernous stadium with so few fans in attendance.
Out of Cruz’s 39 fights, 37 have ended in victory. “But it’s not really a worry. We are going with Devin Haney on this one. Gervonta Davis works out with a Leo Santa Cruz punching bag during his media day session. Santa Cruz could use his experience. Cruz beat Frampton in the rematch and also has two victories against Abner Mares. After more than a decade in the newspaper business writing about virtually every professional and major college sport for publications like the Cincinnati Post and the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, I joined CBSSports.com and covered the NFL for five years. ET on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
The 32-year-old will compete in his fortieth professional fight when he takes on ‘Tank.’. He also demonstrated his poise and repertoire at 25 years old against one of boxing’s most skilled fighters. It wasn’t the first time that’s happened. For all of Davis’ missteps, he still brings in strong ratings when he fights on TV and, hopefully for Mayweather Promotions, brings in a strong buy rate for his first PPV. Santa Cruz (37-2-1) remained unconscious for a few minutes before rising with assistance and smiling while sitting on a stool to acknowledge that he was fine. Odds: Davis 3½-1 (BetMGM) On top of that, I can fight. Santa Cruz suffered his own slip early in the second round, which led to Ramos cautioning Davis. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. WBA champion Gervonta Davis is finally back in the ring after the pandemic. So, I’m like, he’s breaking down for sure. Davis hit the canvas late in the opening round after taking a right hook to the jaw, but Ramos quickly ruled it a slip after the fighters got tangled up. Santa Cruz, the +475 underdog, isn’t an easy fight, especially if he’s aggressive and throws his typical average of 75-85 punches per round. Start time: 9 p.m. Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) stunned Santa Cruz with a pair of left-handed hooks to the side of the head in the sixth round to set up the final blow. The warning upset Davis and fueled Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz would rally late with an overhand right straight to the nose that caused Davis to take a couple of steps back to gather himself. We think Gervonta Davis will win the fight by TKO in the latter stages of the fight. The fact Davis missed weight on his first attempt in the heavier weight class last December was a cause for concern. I definitely could be that PPV star. In the co-main event, Mario Barrios retained his WBA super lightweight championship with a sixth-round knockout against Ryan Karl before a hometown crowd at the Alamodome. Davis responded in the fourth round with a series of heavy blows to the head that seemed to stun Santa Cruz and slowed him early in the round.
“I’m 25 years old. Davis thinks he can climb onto that level and begin to replace the legendary PPV status of the man who promotes him. The lay-off resulted in a sluggish start for Barrios in his first title defense, but found his pace beginning in the fifth round. Davis now holds the belts in the WBA’s Lightweight (130–135 lbs) and Super Featherweight (126–130 lbs) divisions.
With Santa Cruz retreating to his own corner, Davis delivered a left-handed uppercut to the jaw that dropped Santa Cruz immediately. That’s the main key. Davis is naturally bigger. It’s me focusing up and owning up to my responsibilities as a professional fighter. The move westward allowed him to work more with his promoter Floyd Mayweather on the intricacies of training and preparing (and most likely of selling himself and this card). The fight will be live on pay-per-view from 9 PM ET. Davis, who will fight Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday night, needed a second chance. But in the fight’s course, Davis will have too much power for the 32-year-old to handle round after round. I just have to give my best performance.”. The day before Davis, a two-time junior lightweight titlist, was to make his debut as a 135-pounder, he missed weight on the scales. That followed Davis drawing a sold-out crowd of about 8,000 to watch him take on Hugo Ruiz in Carson, California in February 2019 and a sold-out crowd of more than 14,000 to watch him beat Ricardo Nunez five months later in Baltimore. “You miss the weight a couple times, and you think, ‘OK, can I make the weight right now?’ I went to 135 and missed the weight. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Gervonta Davis’s knockout on Leo Santa Cruz reminds me of Mike Tyson’s power! Davis is the betting favorite at -700. The fight card kicks off at 9 p.m. Santa Cruz smiled after the first left hook, but Davis charged at him and delivered another left hook before ending the bout with a left uppercut. With blood streaming down his face, Karl took a series of heavy blows to the head before referee Luis Pabon stopped the bout 2:23 into the sixth round. Due to the pandemic, Barrios had not fought since winning the then vacant title Sept. 28, 2019 against Batyr Akhmedov. At just 25-years-old, he is a three-time world champion. Headlining his first pay-per-view, Davis silenced critics who questioned his discipline due to a history of struggling to make weight.
His clash with Gamboa last year was the second-highest rated Showtime event of 2019, and he compelled about 15,000 fans to State Farm Arena in Atlanta. ET / 6 p.m. PT. But Santa Cruz is Davis’ most skilled opponent yet. I could be right here for a long period of time. You may opt-out by. It promises to be a fantastic fight between two great boxers. I've also contributed to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe, and in 2013, I established a podcast, Mightier Than the Sword, that deals with writing, journalism and the people who produce it. “We fighters, we go in there with a killer mindset at the end of the day we all have families to go home to and I definitely didn’t want anything crazy to happen to him.”. There is no question of his approach. But why do people like watching Davis fight so much? Davis, who will fight Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday night, needed a second chance.
Gervonta Davis will keep coming and test Santa Cruz’s chin. “When I started breaking him down to the body, I felt him breaking down,” Davis said. ! ... Lomachenko comes into this fight with a record of 14-1 with … Let’s take a deeper look and break down the fight. Now, I have to go back down …” Davis said. Yet, Davis can’t give the same kind of performance that he did against Gamboa. Referee Rafael Ramos stepped in quickly to stop the bout 2:40 into the sixth with Santa Cruz unconscious with his right leg bent behind him. He’s naturally stronger. “I wanted to make sure he was OK,” Davis said. It’s about the opponent I’m fighting.
This time the warning fueled Davis, who staggered Santa Cruz with two left hooks to the side of Barrios’ temple. The fighters exchanged a series of blows in the opening round while standing toe to toe. To become the star that Espinoza believes he already is, Davis has to make weight on Friday and then be dynamic on Saturday.
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