The whole San Antonio, Texas crowd was on their feet during last nights super featherweight main event between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz.
The fight started off a little slower than we’re used to seeing from ‘Tank’ Davis, but he really started putting it all together in round four.
Rounds one through three were quite close, perhaps even going in the way of Santa Cruz. Davis was having slight issues finding his range in the first three rounds, with Santa Cruz being the longer, lankier, combination puncher he is.
This didn’t discourage Davis though, as he came out and cracked Santa Cruz hard at the start of round four. The rest of the fight, up until the finish at 2:47 of round six was pretty much ‘Tank’ swarming Santa Cruz, hurting him repeatedly.
That left uppercut he landed was as vicious as they come, there’s a reason ‘Tank’ is referred to as the ‘mini Mike Tyson”. He doesn’t fight just like Tyson, but his knockout ratio, and his record do certainly reflect a young ‘Iron’ Mike.
‘Tank’ was trying to land that rear uppercut right out of the gate, but in round six he found the perfect timing, placement, and angle to throw it to get this stunning knockout victory.
Santa Cruz was out for about five minutes, it was absolutely brutal, but he eventually got up and was okay to walk out of the arena.
This epic KO has got the boxing world buzzing around ‘Tank’ Davis right now, just as it should.
Ryan Garcia (20-0): You’re outta your mind if you think that makes me waiver! It’s my turn next and then it’s on!!! LETS GO.
Terence Crawford (36-0): I’m no hater good fucking fight Tank you was sharp.
Andre Berto (32-5): Mannnn I hope @leosantacruz2 is ok, those are the types of shots that could finish u… like finish u for good in this game. Hope he’s good.
Errol Spence (26-0): Mf hit like a horse kick. Sat his ass down, damn.
Jamel Herring (22-2): Man, I looked down at my phone for a sec, looked up, and the fight was over… did every fight on this card end by knockout?!
Sergio Mora (29-5-2): 3 BIGGEST KNOCKOUTS in 2020 have all come via left uppercut. That left uppercut was flying from round one! Tank was bound to catch em. What a punch! What a KNOCKOUT! Tank a BEAST!!
Devin Haney (24-0): GAH DAMN! Tank Tank
Conor McGregor (22-4 MMA, 0-1 Boxing): 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!
Davis improved his professional record to 24-0 last night, securing his 23rd knockout finish. This was an incredibly impressive performance. He didn’t have to overcome worlds of adversity, but it wasn’t easy for him the first nine minutes, but he adjusted and did just what he needed to do.
It’s also impressive because Santa Cruz is 32-years-old in the middle of his prime, ‘Tank’ is 25-years-old, at least six years away from his prime, and Santa Cruz was already a well established world champion when Davis made his professional debut.
All of that, along with the fact Santa Cruz was 37-1-1 and had avenged his only loss, a loss he wasn’t finished in. This was a massive test for the Floyd Mayweather protege and he passed with flying colors.
There are quite a few exciting names he could be matched up with. There’s Ryan Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, there are all sorts of choices for him right now.
‘Tank’ is now a world champion at both 130 lbs and 135 lbs, so what’s next for him?