By: Hans Themistode
It was a combined bag of reactions when Showtime Boxing unveiled their summer time schedule. Though there have been loads of vital and fascinating contests, a lot of the boxing world was fixated on the ring return of Gervonta Davis. The hard-hitting Baltimore native is formally set to maneuver up in weight to tackle WBA “Common” tremendous light-weight belt holder Mario Barrios.
By and huge, the overwhelming sentiment surrounding their showdown is that regardless of the burden discrepancy, Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) shall be one other knockout sufferer. Within the thoughts of somebody who has been on the opposite finish of stated knockout, he can perceive the predictions. Nonetheless, he merely doesn’t agree.
“Barrios is a superb fighter and champion,” stated Leo Santa Cruz throughout an interview with FightHype TV. “Persons are saying they don’t know who he’s and that Gervonta goes to have a simple evening however Barrios is just not a simple struggle. He throws plenty of punches, he’s robust and he’s greater.”
For Santa Cruz, the information of Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) transferring up in weight got here as considerably of a shock. When the 2 squared off on Halloween evening late final 12 months, their contest befell at 130 kilos. Earlier than then, Davis moved as much as the 135 pound division for the primary time in his profession to cease lengthy pale contender Yuriokis Gamboa. With Davis now preventing in his third weight class in as many fights, many have considered the transfer as a continuation of Davis struggling to make weight.
With that stated, Santa Cruz is taking a distinct stance completely.
“I believe that’s an awesome struggle for Gervonta Davis as a result of he desires to show himself. He desires to be one of many greats. Barrios is a giant man but when he desires to be top-of-the-line, he has to show himself and preventing in opposition to Barrios will show that.”
Very like the overwhelming majority of Davis opponents, Santa Cruz crumbled beneath the facility of the multiple-time world champion. But, with Davis campaigning at a better weight, questions surrounding his capacity to hold his knockout energy to his newfound weight division have surfaced.
Nonetheless, whereas Davis might struggle at a decrease weight class, Santa Cruz has a sense that finally, these issues could possibly be moot come struggle evening.
“Gervonta Davis has nice energy. I believe he walks round 150 perhaps 160 so perhaps the burden gained’t be a problem.”