Following each of his knockout victories, Gervonta Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) usually says one statement. “There’s no safety on this glock.”
After another memorable stoppage win under his belt, this time at the expense of Leo Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19 KOs), Davis repeated that statement again.
The night in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas looked both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. For the first time since COVID-19 wrapped it’s disease ridden hands around the world, fans were in attendance to witness a live boxing event. With Davis and Santa Cruz serving as the main event, both fighters got straight to the work from the opening bell.
Santa Cruz, 32, came out as his normal aggressive self. The punches he landed had little-to-no effect on Davis, but his output pushed his man back on several occasions. The shots may have come ubiquitously, but the Baltimore, Maryland native kept his composure and traded volume for accuracy. It proved to be a sagacious move as Davis snapped his man’s head back with his timely shots.
As the action picked up during the third and fourth rounds, Davis was landing the sort of punches that Santa Cruz told everyone he would be wary of. Yet, the Mexican product seemed to have little issue taking the shots that were coming his way.
For team Santa Cruz, there was always one objective that was more important than most, get to the second half of the fight and “drown,” Davis in pressure. During the sixth round, he seemed to be doing just that. The physically stronger Davis found himself pushed back against the ropes on several occasions as Santa Cruz teed off.
With his promoter in Floyd Mayweather watching from his ringside seat however, Davis simply rolled with the punches and pinned his man back. From there, one deleterious left hand immediately turned off the lights for Santa Cruz as he slumped to the canvas.
The seconds on the mat turned into minutes and the excitement from team Davis turned into worry as Santa Cruz remained motionless on the ground. After a few more minutes however, he rose to his feet and flashed a smile as if to say he was alright.
Following the win, Davis kept his post fight interview the same as always.
“There’s no safety on this Glock.”
Final Grade For Gervonta Davis: A+
There have been way too many people discrediting Leo Santa Cruz over the past few weeks. Sure he was the smaller man coming in, but Santa Cruz is legitimately a great fighter with credentials that will possibly end with his hall of fame enshrinement.
Gervonta Davis not only withstood his barrage of punches, but he showed the type of accuracy and boxing acumen that will shut the mouths of many who didn’t believe in his star power. It’s one thing to beat Leo Santa Cruz, but it’s something else entirely to leave him flat on the mat the way Davis did.