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Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz – Results & Post-Fight Report

Davis lands knockout of the year contender over Santa Cruz

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Gervonta Davis produced a showreel knockout over Leo Santa Cruz in Texas on Saturday Photo Credit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions
Gervonta Davis produced a showreel knockout over Leo Santa Cruz in Texas on Saturday Photo Credit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

Gervonta Davis came out on top after delivering a highlight reel sixth round knockout to add his old WBA (Super) Super Featherweight title to his WBA Lightweight belt, with the two belts on the line at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) came to the ring in traditional Mexican attire, much in the mould of his promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr, when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya back in 2007, and when the action commenced, he was straight down to business off a rapid jab, and was timing Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19 KOs) early on with straight left hands.

The pair looked razor-sharp as the Mexican visitor went to the body of Davis and landed with a right hand that snapped the head back of the Baltimore man in what was a thrilling first frame.

Santa Cruz unloaded a variety of shots in round two, but ’Tank’ was seamlessly able to evade most of them in a much quieter round.

Davis’ counter punching was especially impressive, as he timed his opponent with crisp lefts, with the four-weight world champion sporting a cut on the bridge of his nose in the third.

The two opened up in the fourth, with Santa Cruz landing big right hands, but Davis was able to counter with big hits of his own, a peach of a left uppercut the highlight in what was frantic action.

 

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The fifth was a much quieter affair, but was just a precursor to the finish of the contest, which Davis delivered in devastating fashion.

Santa Cruz started the sixth well enough, landing with hard combinations, but the suffered a low blow midway through the session.

This fired up the 32-year-old and there was an absorbing exchange, which Santa Cruz looked like he was getting the better of until Davis uncorked a monster left uppercut that left his foe motionless upon impact.

Santa Cruz was left out cold by Davis' devastating uppercut before rising to his feet Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Santa Cruz was left out cold by Davis’ devastating uppercut before rising to his feet Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

After several worrying minutes, Santa Cruz got to his feet and thankfully came around, as Davis became the first man to stop the Mexican warrior.

The 25-year-old was bullish about the future, and was happy with his standout performance.

Tank could not hide his delight after his stunning victory Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Tank could not hide his delight after his stunning victory Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“The uppercut wasn’t the key, but I adapted it to what he was bringing,” Davis told Showtime post-fight.

Davis alongside promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr following his stunning KO Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Davis alongside promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr following his stunning KO Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“He’s a guy that punches but doesn’t get out of the way after, and I adapted to that.

“He’s a tough warrior and he came to fight”.

“I’m willing to fight anyone, I’m not ducking or dodging anyone. I’ll face whoever my team comes up with. I’m a pay-per-view star, and I’m number one. I’m the top dog, line them up and I’ll knock them down one by one.”

Tank claimed back his WBA Super Featherweight belt, adding it to his WBA Lightweight title Photo Credit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions
Tank claimed back his WBA Super Featherweight belt, adding it to his WBA Lightweight title Photo Credit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

Prograis back with a bang against Heraldez

On the undercard, Regis Prograis returned to action for the first time since his loss to Josh Taylor in the World Boxing Super Series final, with a dominant third round stoppage of the previously undefeated, Juan Heraldez at Super Lightweight.

A big left hand dropped the 30-year-old in round three, and he never truly recovered, and on the resumption, Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) poured the pressure on, as Heraldez (16-1-1, 10 KOs) tottered around the ring.

Regis Prograis returned to winning ways with a third round stoppage over Juan Heraldez Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Regis Prograis returned to winning ways with a third round stoppage over Juan Heraldez Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

After pinning his man on the ropes, ‘Rougarou’ unloaded with power shots that forced the referee to step in, with Heraldez halted for the first time.

Barrios successfully defends WBA crown

Mario Barrios defended his WBA ‘Regular’ Super Lightweight belt, with a sixth round stoppage of Ryan Karl in an all-Texas clash.

Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) dropped Karl (18-3, 12 KOs) early in the sixth session, when a big straight right hand landed, forcing the 28-year-old to touch the canvas with his glove to steady himself.

Mario Barrios knocked out the brave and bloodied Ryan Karl to retain his world title Photo Credit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions
Mario Barrios knocked out the brave and bloodied Ryan Karl to retain his world title Photo Credit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

Karl sustained a nasty cut to his forehead and that was Barrios’ cue to apply the pressure, buzzing the challenger with several straight shots.

The ringside doctor approved Karl to continue, and he went out on his shield, trading punches with Barrios until a big left hand crumpled him to the canvas, where the count was dispensed with.

Cruz destroys Magdaleno in a round

In a fight that was tipped to be a tight affair and last the distance, Isaac Cruz took less than a round and a minute to destroy Diego Magdaleno to win their IBF Lightweight title eliminator.

Magdaleno (32-4, 13 KOs) was down within the first 30 seconds, on the wrong end of a fire-fight on the ropes, with Cruz (20-1-1, 15 KOs) landing a jarring short right hand that put Magdaleno on his backside.

Isaac Cruz knocked out Diego Magdaleno in a round Photo Credit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions
Isaac Cruz knocked out Diego Magdaleno in a round Photo Credit: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

The action resumed and again the 34-year-old decided to trade leather to his cost, as he walked onto two right uppercuts that dropped him to the bottom rope and the fight was waved off.

Other Results

Lightweight: Michel Rivera (19-0, 12 KOs) UD10 Ladarius Miller (21-2, 6 KOs) (97-93, 97-93 & 97-93)

Lightweight: Julian Rodarte (18-0-1, 7 KOs) UD8 Jose Morales (8-9, 2 KOs)

Lightweight: Anthony Cuba (1-0, 1 KO) TKO3 Leon Cavalli (1-2, 1 KO)

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