Gervonta “Tank” Davis made a daunting pay-per-view debut as the American boxer landed a staggering uppercut to Leo Santa Cruz to clinch the WBA Super Featherweight title at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday night.
Gervonta Davis lands a monster uppercut to Santa Cruz in round 6
Gervonta Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) delivered the match-winning knockout blow to Leo Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19 KOs) after cornering him in the sixth round, a brute left uppercut to the chin that is worthy enough to make a run to easily become the Knockout of the Year.
The bout started off with Santa Cruz, 32, landing some calculated strikes to Davis in the first two rounds. However, even with a swelling in his right eye, Davis shifted to body strikes and started overpowering Santa Cruz, until the vicious uppercut that concluded the fight.
The blow had knocked the four-division champion, Cruz, out cold instantly as the referee Rafael Ramos stopped the bout at 2:40 of the 6th round and Davis earned a 48-47 from the three judges.
Check out the blowing uppercut in the clip below, courtesy of SHOWTIME Boxing.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) November 1, 2020
The spectacular uppercut generated appraising reaction on all over social media, even from the likes of Conor Mcgregor and LeBron James.
My lord! What a vicious uppercut that was. Praying for the health and safety of Santa Cruz there. The young man “Tank” Davis has some serious venom in that back hand shot. Incredible!@ProperWhiskey fight night 🥊
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 1, 2020
Knockout of the Year!! My GOODNESS!! Night Night @Gervontaa 👏🏾🙏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 1, 2020
“He was just right there for it. He is a guy who punches but doesn’t try to get out of the way of his punches. I baited him right in and there was nowhere else he could have went,” Davis worded in on the vicious strike to Santa Cruz after the match.
Now having added the WBA super featherweight title to his existing WBA Lightweight title that too on his PPV debut, Davis oozed off confidence as the ‘top dog’ of the scene.
“First, I want to say, I’m a pay-per-view star. Second, I ain’t dodging nobody. 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,” the 25-year-old added.