Davis KOs Gamboa in Last Round, Pascal Edges Jack

Gervonta Davis has scored gold in a second weight class in his career, as he knocked out Yuriorkis Gamboa to win the vacant WBA (Regular) lightweight championship.

The fight headlined a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Davis was in clear control for most of the fight and didn’t seem to be in much trouble, though there were times where he had little activity. In fact, the 12th round finish is the latest he’s ever scored a KO/TKO in during his career thus far. Had it gone the distance, it would have been just the second time Davis failed to finish a fight before the final bell.

It seemed Davis was going to make quick work of Gamboa once he dropped the former lightweight champion with a three-punch combo in the second.

In a bizarre scenario, it appeared Gamboa suffered a wardrobe malfunction in regards to one of his shoes, but the referee had to force his cornermen out of the ring prior to the third and fourth rounds. And while that third was all-Davis, he didn’t do much throwing in the latter, though he seemed to still be the one applying pressure.

Gamboa seemed to deliver his fair share of shots in the sixth and seventh, taking advantage of a quieter Davis, and the eighth saw another round with Davis not throwing and landing much โ€” that is until Davis caught and dropped Gamboa again before the end of the round.

Gamboa then got desperate over the final third of the fight, seemingly trying to clinch and get inside all he can to avoid Davis’ power and combinations. It worked for a while, but a couple of uppercuts in the final round dropped him for a third and final time, as the referee waved the bout off.

The co-main event saw Jean Pascal retain the WBA (Regular) light heavyweight title with a controversial decision win over Badou Jack.

Pascal was very aggressive throughout the fight, with his punches going wild in delivery at times. While this strategy worked for the first two rounds, Jack clipped him in the third.

Jack troubled Pascal in the fourth as well, but a counter had him taste the canvas.

A close fifth round saw Jack bring Pascal to the ropes, but the defending champ fired off a flurry to get him out of trouble. After each man seemed to take a round, the eighth played out similar to the fifth, as the two’s exchanging seemed to not die down, no matter how long the fight went.

While both men had high volume as the fight headed into the championship rounds, the momentum seemed to had turned in Jack’s favor. And a flurry of right hands from the challenger floored Pascal in the 12th.

All three judges scored the bout 114-112 โ€” with one giving it to Jack, but the other two giving the win and title to Pascal.

The opening bout of the evening saw former IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui on a mission for a path back to the title. But Lionell Thompson dropped him with a one-two early on and maintained control for most of the fight as he scored an upset unanimous decision victory.

For the vacant WBA (Regular) lightweight championship: Gervonta Davis def. Yuriorkis Gamboa via TKO (Rd. 12, 1:17)

WBA (Regular) light heavyweight championship: (c.) Jean Pascal def. Badou Jack via split decision (112-114, 114-112, 114-112)

Super middleweight bout: Lionell Thompson def. Jose Uzcategui via unanimous decision (95-94, 96-92, 96-92)

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