HomeBoxingGervonta Davis Finishes Leo Santa Cruz In Six With Devastating Uppercut
Gervonta Davis Finishes Leo Santa Cruz In Six With Devastating Uppercut
November 2, 2020
Gervonta Davis reminded the boxing world of his capabilities delivering a one-punch knockout of four-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round of their 130-pound title fight on Saturday night, in front of a frenzied crowd of about 9024 at the Alamodome.
Davis, a 7-1 favorite connected an outrageous uppercut at exactly 2:24 of the sixth round, rendering Santa Cruz unconscious and leaving the Referee Rafael Ramos no choice but to wave an end to the fight.
Santa Cruz was unconscious on the canvas for some minutes before regaining consciousness and helped to his feet. A concerned Davis went over to his opponent’s corner to check on him and reports have it, he was transported to a nearby hospital for observation.
Davis has now knocked out his last 15 opponents and with the win, handing Santa Cruz the first knockout loss of his 14-year professional career. Prior to the fight, Santa Cruz had only be dropped ones and that was since 2009, his eleventh professional career fight against Robert DaLuz.
“The fifth round, when I started going to the body, when I started breaking him down to the body, I felt him breaking down,” Davis said during a post-fight press conference. “And there were shots that I was hitting him with, and it was touching gloves, but his head was gone. So, I was like, ‘He’s breaking down for sure.’ So that’s when I started pressing him.”
Davis reclaimed the WBA “Super” featherweight title he vacated a year ago for his Lightweight adventure and also retained his WBA “World” 135-pound title, which he won in his last outing. His 12th round technical knockout victory over Yuriokis Gamboa at the State Farm Arena, back in December 28th.
Santa Cruz was riding on a five-fight winning streak before his loss to Davis and had only lost a fight. His 12 round Majority Decision loss to Carl Frampton back in 2016, a loss he avenged in their immediate rematch in January 2017.
Both fighters kicked off the entertaining fight on a strong note. However, Davis was the first to call the attention, connecting a big left just 20 seconds into the fight and triggering Santa Cruz engagement into a back and forth exchanges. A tactic he promised to abstain from.
Davis got sent to the canvas with 20 seconds left in the first round but that was ruled a slip by the Referee as their legs got tangled before the drop.
Both fighters traded back and forth shots, through the first five rounds with each having periods of dominance. However, trading shots with Davis, was never a good idea as Santa Cruz gradually got broken down by body shots from Davis.
The fight got stopped briefly, at 1:21 minutes into the sixth round as the referee felt Davis had connected a low blow but Davis protested the call. Immediately they returned to action, Davis pressured Santa Cruz with shots to the head and body. Santa Cruz courageously tried fending off the pressure from Davis but ended up unconscious after Davis uncorked a devastating uppercut.