Gervonta Davis puts Leo Santa Cruz to sleep with vicious uppercut, draws Mike Tyson comparison11/01/2020
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Gervonta Davis defeated Leo Santa Cruz via knockout Saturday night and the punch he landed to put his opponent onto the mat set social media into a frenzy.
Davis knocked out Santa Cruz with a vicious uppercut in the sixth round of their bout. Santa Cruz fell to the mat and was unconscious under the ropes.
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Social media was alight after the punch.
The 25-year-old was pummeling Santa Cruz throughout the night and the judges had him winning 48-47 before the round was stopped, according to CBS Sports.
“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.”
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Gervonta Davis, right, pushes Leo Santa Cruz down during a boxing bout Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Ronald Cortes)
Davis moved to 24-0 with 23 knockouts. He also won the WBA junior lightweight title from Santa Cruz.
“I can't grade [my performance] right now but once I go back and look it over, I will be able to tell," he added. “[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.”
Santa Cruz congratulated Davis on Twitter after the match.
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“We didn’t get the win, but I’m okay. Tough fight and congrats to @Gervontaa on his victory. Thanks to the fans for all their support for me and my family.”
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