Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz combat outcomes: ‘Tank’ delivers violent Knockout of the 12 months contender in win

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Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz fight results: 'Tank' delivers violent Knockout of the Year contender in win


Usually overvalued as one among boxing’s rising stars and fairly probably its most savage finisher, Gervonta “Tank” Davis lived as much as his billing — after which some — on Saturday with a violent knockout in his pay-per-view headlining debut. 

At simply 25, Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) created a viral spotlight that is positive to achieve acceptance as boxing’s greatest knockout of 2020 as he cornered Leo Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19 KOs) in Spherical 6 and ended a detailed combat with a flush left uppercut to the chin that eliminated the four-division champion from his senses. 

Referee Rafael Ramos waved the combat off immediately with no rely as Santa Cruz laid unconscious below the ring ropes within the nook. All three judges had it 48-47 for Davis on the time of the stoppage at 2:40 of Spherical 6. 

“First, I need to say, I am a pay-per-view star. Second, I ain’t dodging no person,” Davis stated. “I’ll proceed to indicate the world that I’m No. 1. I haven’t got to name no person out. I am the highest canine and everybody is aware of that. Simply set them up and I will knock them down, one after the other.”

A protege of retired PPV and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather who serves because the jewel of the Mayweather Promotions steady, Davis bested his mentor by touchdown his first PPV most important occasion function three years earlier than the 28-year-old Mayweather did in opposition to Arturo Gatti in 2005.

Davis, who made the second protection of his WBA secondary title at light-weight, additionally picked up Santa Cruz’s WBA title at junior light-weight because the combat was contested at 130 kilos.  

“I can not grade [my performance] proper now however as soon as I’m going again and look it over, I will inform,” Davis stated. “[Landing uppercuts] wasn’t a key however I tapped into what he was bringing. I do know he was the taller fighter and he was crutching up and shifting ahead. So I threw the jab after which an uppercut to try to make him run into the shot.

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“He was excellent there for it. He’s a man who punches however does not attempt to get out of the best way of his punches. I baited him proper in and there was nowhere else he may have went.”

Santa Cruz, 32, was recreation from the early going as he jumped out to a lead within the first two rounds by outworking Davis with the jab and touchdown good combos after cornering his opponent. However Davis was in a position to make the required changes and commenced strolling Santa Cruz down with a lot larger ease by focusing on the physique. 

Regardless of beginning to present indicators of swelling round his proper eye, Davis was visibly slowing down Santa Cruz’s output the extra he dug hooks downstairs. But no matter which fighter was taking the lead, the tempo remained fast all through, together with a enjoyable fourth spherical that featured thrilling two-way motion. 

The issue for Santa Cruz, who had only one combat at 130 kilos earlier than going through an even bigger puncher in Davis and was shifting again down in weight, was the buildup of energy pictures started to take a toll. Not solely did Davis outland Santa Cruz 97 to 84 total, in line with CompuBox, he linked on an unbelievable 55% of his energy pictures. 

“As soon as we began combating, you could possibly see within the first spherical that I did not actually heat up within the again,” Davis stated. “Once I received on the market, I used to be nonetheless chilly. He was attempting to counter off of my jab and I simply began adapting to what he was doing.

“He’s a troublesome warrior and a robust Mexican. He got here to combat and he got here prepared. It is simply that I used to be the higher individual tonight.”

Though Davis refused to name out any names after his victory, he stays probably the most marketable and achieved of the younger fighters congregating across the 135-pound division, which most imagine maintain the way forward for the game of their arms: Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez Jr. and Shakur Stevenson.

So far as what the long run would possibly carry, Davis stated he plans to defend each titles throughout two weight divisions.

“I’ll keep each. No matter selections that my group comes up with, I’ll go together with it,” Davis stated. “I am not ducking and dodging no person. As , there ain’t no security on this Glock.”

Elsewhere on the cardboard, Mario Barrios defended his WBA junior welterweight title in thrilling style with a fantastic knockout of Ryan Karl within the co-main occasion. Barrios stays undefeated and has stopped three of his final 4 opponents. And his subsequent foe could have additionally been in motion on Saturday in San Antonio as Regis Prograis returned from an prolonged layoff with a TKO of his personal, stopping Juan Heraldez in a featured bout. Prograis seemed as contemporary as ever at 140 kilos after dropping his titles within the World Boxing Tremendous Collection remaining to Josh Taylor final 12 months.

Lastly, it could have been the top of an period within the opening PPV bout as Isaac Cruz ran by way of Diego Magdaleno for a first-round knockout. Magdaleno, the 34-year-old veteran seemed like a shell of himself in getting blitz shortly for the stoppage. It was his second fast stoppage in as a few years after Teofimo Lopez crushed him in 2019. Cruz moved to 20-1-1 together with his fifteenth profession knockout victory.

Davis vs. Santa Cruz card, outcomes

  • Gervonta Davis (c) def. Leo Santa Cruz by way of sixth-round TKO
  • Mario Barrios (c) def. Ryan Karl by way of sixth-round TKO
  • Regis Prograis def. Juan Heraldez by way of third-round TKO
  • Isaac Cruz def. Diego Magdaleno by way of first-round TKO

Davis vs. Santa Cruz scorecard, stay protection

Davis

10

9

10

10

10

TKO

49

Santa Cruz

9

10

9

9

9

46

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