Gervonta Davis retained his WBA light-weight title and gained Leo Santa Cruz’s WBA tremendous featherweight belt with a shocking sixth-round knockout on Saturday.
Davis knocked Santa Cruz out chilly with a brutal left uppercut on the Alamodome in San Antonio, the place the unbeaten American produced one of many KOs of the yr.
Referee Rafael Ramos instantly waved off the battle as Santa Cruz was left immobile on the canvas. Davis lived as much as his billing because the “Tank” in his assertion win.
“First, I need to say, I am a pay-per-view star. Second, I ain’t dodging no person,” Davis, who improved to 24-Zero with 23 knockouts, stated.
“I will proceed to point out 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.”
“He was good there for it,” Davis added of the knockout. “I baited him proper in.”
From the opening bell, the 25-year-old Davis was on the entrance foot and showcased his devastating uppercut.
The 2 champions exchanged punches because the bout continued in entrance of 9,000 followers, however Santa Cruz (37-2-1) usually left himself susceptible after attempting to go toe-to-toe.
And Davis took full benefit in outstanding style, cornering Santa Cruz in opposition to the ropes within the sixth spherical and leaving the Mexican in a heap.
“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 attempt to make him run into the shot.”