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Gervonta Davis Calls Me A Clown But He Had A Clown Performance: Jake Paul

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It took Gervonta Davis (26-0, 24KOs) 12 rounds to secure a victory against Issac Cruz on 5th December, as the undefeated three division world champion defended his WBA (Regular) lightweight title via a unanimous decision victory. However, the win has initiated Davis’ rivals to open up on the pugilist, as Ryan Garcia called ‘Tank’ the weakest in the division, as well as claimed he’s only fighting C level boxers. Now, it is Jake Paul who has stirred up the heat, stating that he didn’t think Davis had won the fight and said he had a ‘clown performance’ against Cruz.

I thought he lost: Jake Paul believed Gervonta Davis vs Issac Cruz was going to be a draw

Both Gervonta Davis and Jake Paul are Showtime headliners. The former was featured in the main event of this Sunday’s PPV which took place at the Staples Center in LA, while the latter is gearing up for his upcoming rematch with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on 18th December, another Showtime event which was originally going to feature the now injured Tommy Fury as Jake’s opponent.

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While the judges’ panel at Staples favoured Davis as the clear winner, many opined that Cruz, the Mexican ‘Pitbull’ who served as a late replacement for Rolando Romero, did not deserve to suffer a loss.

A bad hand and a dogged opponent make Gervonta Davis work hard to stay undefeated – Pasadena Star News
Gervonta Davis defeated Issac Cruz via unanimous decision. (Image Courtesy: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing)

When asked about the same during a virtual press conference ahead of his Woodley rematch, Paul spoke on the same notion, “I thought (Davis) lost. He didn’t throw his… he hurt his (left) hand or whatever. He didn’t throw a single left and some of the judges gave those rounds to him. It doesn’t make any sense.”

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“He calls me a clown but he had a clown performance,” Paul went on, “I thought he lost. I think a lot of people will say that and I agree as well. I thought they were going to give him a draw because he’s signed with Mayweather Promotions, Al Haymon and we know how dirty boxing is, how judges are being paid off. Of course, those close swing rounds would get thrown to Gervonta Davis.” [H/T Boxing Scene]

Paul and Davis have a history of verbal tussle. Back in August this year, ‘The Problem Child’ had released his eight-man hit list which he wanted to target after settling the score with Woodley later that month, and along with many other iconic names from the combat sports fraternity Davis was named in the list and the 27-year-old had reacted by telling Paul to Better leave me tf alone“.


  • Jake Paul slams Gervonta Davis following Issac Cruz win, says he had a clown performance
  • Davis defeated Cruz via unanimous decision on 5th December at the Staples Center in LA
  • The two have a history of grudge, as Paul had featured Davis on his ‘hit list’ back in August
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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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