What Will Gervonta Davis And Leo Santa Cruz Be Fighting For?
Recently, Showtime and Premier Boxing Champion announced its return to action. With over nine fight cards, the boxing world is in for a real treat. A few surprises may be on the way, however, as loopholes are being created for title fights to be made.
It was announced that Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz will face off against one another on October 24 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The PPV-produced fight will be at 130 pounds. Even though Santa Cruz (37-1-1) is the one that holds the WBA Super-Featherweight Championship, Davis’ (23-0) WBA Lightweight Title (135) will also be on the line. The unification bout is unique in its own way.
“They’ll both be weighing in at 130 pounds, but both the 130 and 135 titles will be at stake,” said Stephen Espinoza during a virtual media day this past week. “We’ve done some research and the most obvious example is Sugar Ray Leonard and Donny Lalonde. It is something that’s done very infrequently, and it’s a bonus for that event.”
Santa Cruz is on a five-fight win streak. He won the WBA Super-Featherweight Championship by beating Miguel Flores via unanimous decision back in November. It was considered a controversial affair by many due to him receiving the title opportunity. He is also a former WBC Super-Bantamweight Champion.
Davis beat Yuriorkis Gamboa via TKO in December for the WBA Lightweight Champion. Before that, He dominated the super-featherweight division, holding onto the WBA and IBF Super-Featherweight Belts. “Tank” has 22 wins via knockout. It is unknown if he would stay at 130 if he were to win Santa Cruz’s title due to the weight cut and the fighters he would be competing against.
Espinoza believes that both will make the contracted weight with no issues. As far as the future of both fighters goes after this fight, he will look to play it by ear.