Is Gervonta Davis the Lightweight Division’s Next Big Thing?
Bigger, more brolic heavyweights are typically associated with being explosive knockout artists, yet boxing’s premier knockout king may be a 135-pound lightweight.
In a division teeming with technicians, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) is a pugilist demolitions expert, collapsing opponents at a prolific pace. It's been seven years since an 18-year-old Davis scored an 89-second stoppage in his professional debut and he hasn't stopped plugging away. His 22 knockouts in 23 sanctioned fights gives him a higher knockout percentage than former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder or any other reigning champion besides light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev.
On October 24, Davis will be tested against Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) in his first Pay-Per-View headline fight. In an additional twist, Davis’ WBA ‘regular’ lightweight title and Santa Cruz’s WBA super-featherweight championship will both be on the line. If the past is prologue, Davis is on the verge of becoming a household name...