World News – USA – Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz Fight Results: ‘Tank’ Delivers Violent Knockout Contender of the Year in Victory


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Often regarded as one of boxing’s rising stars and arguably its wildest finisher, Gervonta « Tank » Davis lived up to his bill – and more – on Saturday with a violent knockout in his pay- per-view headlining debut

At just 25 years old, Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) created a viral climax that is sure to be accepted as the best boxing knockout of 2020 by nabbing Leo Santa Cruz (37-2-1 , 19 KOs) in the sixth round and ended a close fight with a left chin uppercut that took the four division champion out of his senses

Referee Rafael Ramos stirred the fight instantly without counting as Santa Cruz lay unconscious under the ring ropes in the corner All three judges had 48-47 for Davis at the time of the save at 2:40 of the sixth inning

“First of all I want to say I’m a pay-per-view star Second, I’m not dodging anyone,” Davis said “I’m going to keep showing the world I’m no 1 I don’t have to call anyone I’m the best dog and everyone knows it Just set them up and I’ll shoot them one by one « 

Protected from retired PPV and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather who serves as the gem of the Mayweather Promotions team, Davis beat his mentor by landing his first role in the PPV main event three years before Mayweather, 28 years made against Arturo Gatti in 2005

Davis, who made the second defense of his secondary WBA lightweight title, has also won the WBA title from Santa Cruz in junior lightweight since the fight was contested at 130 pounds

“I can’t rate [my performance] right now, but once I get back to it and watch it, I can tell,” Davis said “[Landing uppercuts] wasn’t a key, but I tapped into what he brought in I know he was the taller fighter and he was getting up and moving forward So I threw the jab then an uppercut to try and get him to run into the shot

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« He was just there for that He’s a guy who hits but doesn’t try to escape his punches I baited him directly and there was nowhere else he could have gone »

Santa Cruz, 32, played from the start as he took the lead in the opening two rounds by jabbing Davis over and landing smart combinations after cornering his opponent But Davis was able to make the necessary adjustments and started bringing Santa Cruz down with much more ease targeting the body.

Although he started to show signs of swelling around his right eye, Davis was visibly slowing Santa Cruz’s exit as he digged hooks down below. Yet regardless of which fighter took the lead , the pace remained quick throughout, including a fun fourth round that featured some exciting two-way action

The problem for Santa Cruz, who only had one fight at 130 pounds before facing a bigger puncher at Davis and dropping weight back down, was that the build-up of powerful punches was starting to kick in. ravages Not only does Davis have out-of-country Santa Cruz 97-84 overall, according to CompuBox, he logged on an incredible 55% of his powerful shots.

“Once we started fighting you could see in the first round that I wasn’t really warming up in the back,” said Davis “When I got there I still had cold He was trying to counter my jab and I just started to adjust to what he was doing

« He’s a tough warrior and a strong Mexican He came to fight and he came ready It’s just that I was the best person tonight »

Although Davis refused to call names after his win, he remains the most marketable and accomplished youngster gathered around the 135-pound division, who most believe holds the future of the sport. in their hands: Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez Jr and Shakur Stevenson

As for the future, Davis said he plans to defend both titles in two weight divisions

« I will maintain both Whatever decisions my team make, I will abide by them, » said Davis « I’m not dodging or dodging anyone As you know, there is no security on this Glock »

The entire card delivered some must-have action on Saturday night, with every fight in the PPV event ending in a save Mario Barrios showed he could be among the best at 140 pounds with a vicious KO of Ryan Karl in the The co-main event The man who wore his belt, Regis Prograis, was equally impressive in the previous fight with a TKO from Juan Heraldez Barrios and Prograis could be heading for a showdown in 2021 now that Prograis has signed with Premier Boxing Champions

Knockout of the year! Wow! Congratulations @Gervontaa, I’m proud of you! @ leosantacruz2 keep your head up, you’re back champion 👏🏾 @ShowtimeBoxing @premierboxing @MayweatherPromo

Hail to young lion @Gervontaa for a huge win tonight !! Rumble young man scolds! ✊🏾✊🏾

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Hail to young lion @Gervontaa for a huge win tonight !! Rumble young man scolds! ✊🏾✊🏾

My lord! What a vicious uppercut it was Praying for the health and safety of Santa Cruz there Young man « Tank » Davis has some serious venom in that Incredible helping hand! @ProperWhiskey Fight Night 🥊

My lord! What a vicious uppercut it was Praying for the health and safety of Santa Cruz there Young man « Tank » Davis has some serious venom in that Incredible helping hand! @ProperWhiskey Fight Night 🥊

He’s a bad boy, both guys @Gervontaa and @ leosantacruz2 are in great shape But Davis had many dimensions SPEED, POWER, NEEDLE, HE IS IN A BOX, HE CAN WALK WITH POWER smh that was too much Prayer so Leo can get out of the ring after this blow

A VICIOUS left uppercut sends Leo Santa Cruz to the canvas in the sixth round, knocking out the fight Gervonta Davis remains undefeated and is now the WBA super featherweight and lightweight champion! #DavisSantaCruz picTwittercom / QvW4CUe76I

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World News – United States – Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz Fight Results: «  Tank  » delivers a violent knockout contender of the year in victory



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