Davis knocks out Santa Cruz with an uppercut in the sixth round

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Gervonta Davis has remained undefeated. He knocked out Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. 

Davis hit Santa Cruz with an uppercut that dropped him late in the sixth round. The fight was stopped with 20 seconds left in the round

Boxing star Gervonta Davis celebrates his knockout over Leo Santa Cruz on Showtime Pay-Per-View
Gervonta Davis celebrates his knockout over Leo Santa Cruz on Showtime Pay-Per-View (Photo by Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Boxing)

“First, I want to say, I’m a pay-per-view star. Second, I ain’t dodging nobody,” Davis said. “I’m going to continue to show the world that I am No. 1. I don’t have to call nobody out. I’m the top dog and everyone knows that. Just set them up and I’ll knock them down, one by one.”

Santa Cruz was making his Pay-Per-View debut. 

The Baltimore, Maryland native was able to make his second title defense of his WBA World Lightweight title, He also won Santa Cruz’s WBA Super World Super Featherweight title.

“I can’t grade [my performance] right now but once I go back and look it over, I will be able to tell,” Davis said. “[Landing uppercuts] wasn’t a key but I tapped into what he was bringing. I know he was the taller fighter and he was crutching up and moving forward. So I threw the jab and then an uppercut to try and make him run into the shot.”

With the win, “Tank” improved to 24-0 on his career. The southpaw has knocked out 23 of his 24 opponents. 

“El Terremoto” fell to 37-2-1 with the loss. The Rosemead, California native dropped his first fight since losing to Carl Frampton by Majority Decision in July 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“The uppercut wasn’t the key coming into the fight, but I adapted to what he was bringing,” said Baltimore’s Davis. “I knew he was taller and crouching down and moving forward. Once he moved forward, I tried to jab and make him run into the shot. He was right there for it. 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.

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