By Mark Elezaj
In his pay-per-view debut Saturday night, Gervonta “Tank” Davis knocked Leo Santa Cruz out cold with a devastating left uppercut.
In what was a defining win, Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) defended his WBA regular lightweight title and won Santa Cruz’s WBA super junior lightweight title with his sixth-round KO Saturday night.
“He was right there for it,” Davis said on Showtime about the dynamite uppercut that blasted Santa Cruz on the chin and knocked him out instantly. “He punches, but he doesn’t try to get out of the way. There was nowhere for him to go on that knockout because I got him into the corner.”
Davis said: “I’m a pay-per-view star. Everybody knows I’m number one and I showed it tonight. I’m going to continue to show people all over the world that I’m the best. I don’t have to call anybody else out. I’m the top dog. Just line them up and I’ll knock them out.”
The fight was a fan friendly, action packed fight from the start.
Both fighters took turns trading punches. Santa Cruz was not afraid to trade with Davis, engaging in a back and forth that left ended up leaving him vulnerable.
In the sixth round, Davis cornered Santa Cruz against the ropes and landed a powerful left uppercut, which the champion.
Santa Cruz laid motionless, but slowly got up off the mat with a smile on his face.
“There was nowhere he could have went. The rope was right there,” Davis said after the fight.
With this victory, Davis continued his 15-fight knockout streak.
There were more than 9,000 socially distanced fans in attendance at the Alamodome in San Antonio. This fight was the first major fight in the United States with paying fans since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown in March.
Davis, Promoted by Floyd Mayweather Jr., wants to be boxing’s next premier superstar.
“Tank is the top dog,” Mayweather said. “I’m putting him in position to do what I did. Fight who he want, when we want. He’s the top dog.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~