The American prevailed in the sixth round, retained the lightweight title and took the WBA super featherweight title.
November 1, 2020 Share on FacebookShare Share on TwitterTweet Share on WhatsAppShareThe knockout of Gervonta Davis over Santa Cruz
The American Gervonta Tank Davis knocked down the Mexican Leo Santa Cruz with a brutal left- foot strike, retaining his regular lightweight title this Saturday in San Antonio, Texas and becoming the super featherweight of the World Boxing Association (WBA).
In an even fight, in which Santa Cruz started better and the American went from less to more, the two fighters engaged in a great exchange in the sixth 'round', ended with a Davis uppercut, perhaps the most spectacular knockout of 2020 in world boxing.
The Santa Cruz Earthquake imposed his boxing from the middle distance in an even first round , the Mexican defended himself well and hit the best blows, which he confirmed in the second with good work from behind with the 'jab'.
Mayweather's congratulation under the ring
Davis began imposing conditions on the third ; Before a rival who did not shy away from the lawsuit, the 'Tank' did damage with his left rectum with which he shook the rival.
The fourth round was again of exchanges. Gervonta looked for the melee in which he hit his shocking impacts, although he also received a Santa Cruz full of vitality that again caused an even 'round'.
The North American, who entered the ring with the green, white and red colors of Mexico, increased confidence in the fifth; he went over the opposite and won it, with the straight, with the 'upper' and with counterattacks , although his advantage was by a small margin as happened with the winners of the previous rounds.
Gervonta Davis starred in one of the best knockouts of 2020
Santa Cruz came out aggressive in the sixth , hurt Gervonta's stomach, which was stung and caused a tough exchange. Santa Cruz was not intimidated, he hit the best shots and was on his way to winning the 'round', but 24 seconds from the end he was knocked down in his own corner with one of the most powerful blows of the year, which decreed the knockout.
Beneath the ring, legendary former boxer Floyd Mayweather watched the match closely until it came to a close. After the festivities, “Money” approached Davis to applaud and congratulate him on his definition.
Gervonta, one of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in world boxing, reached 24 victories in the same number of appearances , 23 of them on the fast track and Santa Cruz suffered his second professional setback with 37 wins and a draw.
(With information from EFE)