Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz to put Titles on the Line on Halloween
WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis and WBA super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz will put their titles on the line when they meet in the ring this weekend.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2020 • 7:55 PM ET
Gervonta Davis is looking to keep his unblemished record in tact this weekend.
On Halloween night, undefeated WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis and WBA super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz will put their titles on the line when they face one another in San Antonio.
Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) most recently defeated Yuriorkis Gamboa by 12th-round TKO in December to win the vacant WBA lightweight title. The 25-year-old is a three-time champion in two weight classes, having also held the IBF junior lightweight title in 2017 and the WBA super featherweight title from 2018 to 2019.
Including Gamboa, Davis has key victories over Jose Pedraza and Hugo Ruiz, but a win over a proven champion such as Santa Cruz would be his biggest victory to date. Davis has been mentored by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and believes he can be the next undefeated pound-for-pound king.
“I always wanted to be that top pound-for-pound fighter,” Davis recently told The Independent. “I can be the next great fighter. There’s pressure [to fighting on pay-per-view], but it’s good pressure.
“I always wanted to be a pay-per-view star when I was growing up. I’m excited and grateful to have the chance to show the fans I have great skills. It’s about challenging my skills with my work ethic. Going somewhere I can focus just on boxing. That’s why I moved the camp from Baltimore to Vegas. I was doing great back home, and nobody could beat me then, so imagine how good I can be taking it even more seriously and coming here.”
Davis has certainly been a star on the rise, but he surprised many in his last fight when he seemed to underestimate Gamboa in a fight that was closer than the end result showed. Davis cannot look beyond Santa Cruz, or he could be in for a long night.
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While having the WBA junior lightweight title since 2017, Santa Cruz also held the IBF bantamweight title from 2012 to 2013, WBC super bantamweight title from 2013 to 2015 and WBA super featherweight title from 2015 to 2016. The 32-year-old won the vacant WBA junior lightweight title in his last fight with a unanimous decision win over Miguel Flores in November.
In his career, Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) has key victories over Rafael Rivera, Abner Mares (twice), Chris Avalos, Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez. The Mexican fighter can hit a major milestone with a win over Davis by collecting a title in a fifth weight class, and he wants to show the world on Saturday that he’s the better fighter.
“He’s a big hitter,” Santa Cruz recently told The Ring. “I’m a smaller guy, but I know Gervonta didn’t ask for this fight. I’m the one who asked for this fight.
“They made this fight, and I just want to prove myself. I want to fight the best, and who better to fight than Gervonta Davis? I want to go out there and give him a great fight.”