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"Davis brings a perfect 23-fight professional record with 22 of his wins coming by way of knockout."
Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz
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Halloween treats keep coming
The boxing fight night treats keep coming this Halloween and after the thrills of Derek Chisora vs Oleksandr Usyk, we move stateside for more drama. Unbeaten American Gervonta Davis takes on Leo Santa Cruz over 12 rounds at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
This bout will be shown live on Channel 5 in the early hours of Sunday morning for UK fans and it's one genuine lovers of the noble art won't want to miss. Both the WBA world lightweight title and WBA super featherweight belts are on the line as well as the proud unbeaten record of Davis. Tank is favourite to bag career win number 23 but knows to take Mexican Cruz lightly would be foolish.
Tank has gone the distance only once
Talented southpaw Davis brings a perfect 23-fight professional record with 22 of his wins coming by way of knockout. The Baltimore man stands at only 5ft 5inches tall but has become a giant of the division since making his paid debut with a first round KO back in 2013. Tank wasted no time cutting through the rankings, reeling off four stoppage wins inside two rounds.
The only man to take Davis to points so far has been German Meraz who lasted six rounds six years ago but was knocked to the canvas twice before losing by a wide points margin. We saw Gervonta in action when dismantling Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa in Atlanta late last year. The beaten man was knocked down three times, counted in rounds two, eight and 12 before referee Jack Reiss waved it off at 1.17 of the 12th.
El Terremoto level against the Jackal
British boxing fans will remember Santa Cruz from his two fights with Belfast's Carl Frampton in 2016 and 2017. The Jackal won the first meeting by a majority decision in Brooklyn but El Terremoto evened the score six months later with a majority decision in Las Vegas. It was expected the pair would face-off in a decider but that is yet to happen, and the head-to-head score look destined to finish level.
That loss to Frampton remains the only blemish on Cruz's 39-bout record which stands at 37-1-1 heading into this contest. Of his victories, the Mexican has scored 19 knockouts but hasn't finished an opponent since 2017 when getting rid of Chris Avalos in eight. Since then Leo has banked three points decision victories, including a comfortable win over Miguel Flores last time.
Stoppage better than expected
The pre-fight betting available on the Betfair Exchange suggests the outcome of this one is a foregone conclusion. Davis trades at a tight looking 1.21/5 to continue his winning streak. That's certain to push many bettors into the specials but there's more to be had by taking a chance of the method of victory. Davis by KO/TKO will be popular amongst followers of the form at 21/1. The points cheer will earn you a decent 2.47/5.
Santa Cruz is certainly no stranger to causing an upset, as he showed when edging out Frampton in their rematch. The California-based underdog certainly has the skills to pose his opponent problems and is a better fighter than the 6.25/1 available suggests.
Follow the trend
Despite making a step up in class against Cruz, it's difficult to ignore the form Davis brings. I was expecting to see the KO/TKO win as firm favourite in the method of victory market but there's enough in the price to get involved.
Those willing to take a bit more of a gamble may be interested to know the jolly has won four of his last five inside three rounds. The spare was that late TKO over Gamboa but he did have him down inside two that night.