Kicking off a Saturday packed with dramatic fights that felt like a shot in the arm for the sport’s overall viability, boxing made a successful comeback this weekend. with a pair of can’t-miss main events that focus on talent-rich lightweight.
Gervonta “The Tank” Davis continued his march to superstardom as he snatched Showtime’s pay-per-view card on Sunday against late substitute Isaac Cruz to defend his “regular” WBA title he’s at £135. The night before, undefeated WBC champion Devin Haney entered what was expected to be a tough title defense against former 130-pound boxer Joseph Diaz Jr on DAZN.
Review of the former unified champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. unfortunate loss to George Kambosos Jr. Last week, there was no shortage of storylines surrounding the split in general. Let’s take a closer look at what to watch.
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1. George Kambosos Jr. Sweepstakes. going to heat up
Think of it as a sentence no boxing fan expected to hear last weekend. But the undefeated Kambosos, an Australian native, became a performer of the ages as he survived a late knock to compete with the pound-for-pound ranked Lopez in a seemingly swoon not nearly decided to split. specified scorecard. Whether the outcome of the war was the result of Kambosos overdoing it or Lopez completes an epic act of self-destruction (both in and out of the ring) is irrelevant as it concerns the future. As a freelance networker in the United States, Kambosos now calls the footage because it relates to his next fight. Although Kambosos has said that Haney, as everything is now, is the frontrunner to face him next (provided that Haney defeats Diaz on Saturday), in reality it is more likely that Kambosos will fight back. anyone’s promoter and/or network for the most amount of money.
From that perspective, this weekend’s slight tilt could turn out to be the test of the winners of both games to make their case to challenge the new unified owner. Haney, as the WBC champion, makes sense as the lead has added potential influence to the Kambosos to fight for the undisputed title. Either way, the future looks bright as the Kambosos have found the hard way to bridge the gap between a group of top young boxers who, thanks to posture and politics, have yet to share arena together.
2. Gervonta Davis’s replacement doesn’t lack an upgrade
Whether it’s due to injury, weight problems or a failed drug test, boxing is no stranger to last-minute skirmishes when a big fight falls apart and a replacement is replaced. summon. However, it is rare for a replacement to be a better boxer than the original opponent. Davis’ return to PPV on Sunday was originally slated to come up against tough Rolando Romero in a match that promised no shortage of trash talk and weird moments thanks to “kt Rolly.” , but not necessarily a fight that die-hard fans expect to compete at all. Massive bad press regarding multiple sexual assault allegations against Romero led to his removal from the fight altogether. However, the good news is that Cruz, a solid Mexican racer undefeated in the last 18 games, is a much more viable opponent. Cruz, 23, who goes by the nickname “Pitbull”, is expected to put pressure on talented Davis in a way that raw Romero simply isn’t equipped to get ahead of. Make no mistake, Cruz entered the game as a sizable underdog, but he was skilled and belligerent enough to force Davis to rush in and fight.
3. How long until Davis hits global acclaim?
There’s a story in the not-too-distant past when the frequently criticized “Tank” was the protected face of Mayweather Promotions, who were constantly on the lookout for easy (and keyword: smaller) opponents to come up. . True, Davis has not always been his biggest supporter from a public relations standpoint to fight against such criticisms, like constant legal trouble off the court and a very tedious performance (after losing the world championship 130 pounds on the scale) in bronze – Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor’s main event in 2017 conspired to make him a boxing villain. But Davis has done a good job of repairing much of his reputation, at least from a perspective in the ring, by finding the big games and proving to be a man capable of drawing steadily every step of the way. his way up the ladder due to his delightful knockout penchant.
Just looking at Davis’ last three fights is an indication of his ambition as he has won titles in three different weight classes in a row. Among those impressive conquests was Davis knocking out multi-category champion Leo Santa Cruz, his first loss by a brutal one-punch knockout. And in the next bout in June, Davis put on 140 pounds for the first time to stop Mario Barrios from going undefeated in Round 11 of their all-action thriller. If you flip through the P4P lists of most major publications, 27-year-old Davis is usually outside looking in. Sometimes in P4P voting, the eye test can be as important as who the boxer has faced and what he is. Accomplished. In Davis’ case, he’s shown how over the past year his technique has evolved from his defensive, head-moving ability to his boxing. Will the win over Cruz prove Davis’ breakthrough moment in igniting everyone’s respect for his real skill, in the way that his flamboyant knockout rate always explainable? Only time will tell.
4. How worried should we be about the end of Devin Haney’s final fight?
At 23, there is little doubt that Haney has what it takes to become the future of the £135 weight class, let alone the sport in general. But his step-up challenge against former champion Jorge Linares in May provided critics with an all-out showcase of his talent as it did a few breath-taking moments in the games. championship round. Haney, who has been criticized for the way he passively boxed in the Yuriorkis Gamboa bleaching in 2020, seems to be making a late statement by speeding up the fight against Linares. But the veteran shooter rocked him with clean hits and Haney was forced to spend the final two innings to stay alive. Is this just a glitch in a young boxer-fighter’s overall strong performance? Or a little foreshadowing of the potential doom that could befall him when Haney finally woos elites like Davis, Lopez, Ryan Garcia or Vasiliy Lomachenko? It’s still too early to tell. Hopefully the fierce Diaz will look to try and find the answer soon in the exciting penalty shootout.
5. Ryan Garcia Pagination
The man slightly forgotten in the light-hearted overall picture through much of 2021 is Garcia, 23, who has pulled out of a scheduled summer return to Javier Fortuna to focus on mental health. his god. He was then expected to take on JoJo Diaz on November 27, only to withdraw from that match after injuring his hand in training camp. Garcia passed the biggest test of her career to open the year by surging from goal to knock out Luke Campbell and the glitzy social media sensation has been quiet since late, except for he put his name in the sweepstakes in Kambosos after last weekend. The hardest part about seeing a bunch of young talented youngsters not fighting with each other due to their respective advertising and networking is the fact that Garcia and Haney are both fighting on the same platform (DAZN) and have a long history together after having squared six times as an amateur. Is Garcia willing to be in Las Vegas for Haney’s fight against Diaz? While both fighters are interested in going up against the Kambosos which is understandable given both are titleholders and the fact that both are likely to win, there is no reason why the promoters should be concerned. Their respective promoters shouldn’t sit down to figure out some sort of succession plan for them to finally meet up as professionals.
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