Undefeated 130-pound Gervonta Davis dethroned defending IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion Jose Pedraza with an impressive seventh round TKO in the opening bout of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
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Lennon: All right, fans, here we go. It's time for the bout you've all been waiting for. Announcer: This crowd going wild! My God. Look at that. He is in trouble! Look at his legs! The crowd is electric! Tyson bringing it on! Down goes Bruno into the ropes! A right by Barkley, and Hearns is down!.
Oh! Down goes Chavez for the first time in his career! What a shot by Evander Holyfield! Castillo's in trouble! What a fight! Lennon: I-I-It's Showtime! -- Captions by VITAC -- www.vitac.com Ranallo: Here at the Barclays Center, we are set for the 130-pound titleholder, Jose Pedraza, to make the third defense of his title, against Gervonta Davis. Time for the official introductions..
Here's Hall of Fame ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. Lennon: All right, fans. Here we go. Twelve rounds of boxing for the IBF junior lightweight championship of the world. Introducing to you first, the challenger, on my left, fighting out of the red corner, wearing white trunks with gold trim, fighting out of and representing his home of Baltimore, Maryland. He weighed in at 129 pounds..
He is undefeated in his campaign in the ring, with a record of 16 wins, no losses, 15 big wins coming by way of knockout. Currently ranked the IBF number-8 world contender, tonight making his first attempt at a world title -- introducing the undefeated Gervonta "Tank" Davis! And his opponent across the ring, the defending world champion, on my right, fighting out of the blue corner,.
Wearing silver trunks with blue and red trim, hailing from Cidra, Puerto Rico. He weighed in at 129 1/2 pounds. He is also undefeated in his campaign, with a record of 22 wins, no losses, 12 wins coming by way of knockout. Tonight he is making the third defense of his title. Introducing the undefeated IBF junior lightweight champion of the world, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza!.
Once again, here is our referee in charge, now to give instructions, Ricky Gonzalez. Gentlemen, you received instructions in the dressing room. I expect a good, clean fight. Protect yourselves at all times. Obey my commands at all times. Touch gloves..
Good luck, man. Ranallo: So here in front of a large crowd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, we begin 2017 on Showtime Championship Boxing with a 130-pound championship affair. Referee Ricky Gonzalez calls for the bell. The champion, Jose Pedraza, in the silver, blue, and red trunks. The challenger, Gervonta Davis, in the white with gold..
Many ringside observers wondering which version of Gervonta Davis we will see. His nickname is "Tank." His fans hope it's Sherman. Pedraza's camp hope it's septic. Bernstein: Start for the year, Mauro. You know, Pedraza, who gets nailed with a big left right away, he is a righty. But he switches. He came out as a lefty against the left-handed Davis..
Malignaggi: It seems like Pedraza is trying to come out putting a lot of pressure, maybe trying to catch the youngster off guard a little bit, maybe too excited. Ranallo: Davis has blown the majority of his competition out in the early rounds, but, again, has never faced anyone the caliber of the undefeated 130-pound titleholder, Jose Pedraza. Malignaggi: Davis is throwing some sharp shots, but he is kind of excited..
He's gonna have to calm down. This is kind of a fast pace for him. Ranallo: Nice combination put together by Davis as we pass the 1-minute mark of the opening round. Bernstein: This is not the fight Pedraza said he was going to fight. He said he was gonna box. We've seen Pedraza do both -- go inside and box. Ranallo: You talk about the gulf in professional experience. This is Pedraza's 151st round as a professional..
For Davis, this is just professional round number 44. Malignaggi: Sharp counter uppercut. That was sharp. One thing Gervonta Davis is gonna understand, though -- At this level, a lot of those sharp shots that were hurting lower-level guys are not gonna hurt him. Pedraza keeps coming forward. It's gonna be the long haul where Davis is gonna have to stay consistent with this kind of work..
Ranallo: Davis off to a strong start, targeting the head of the champion and scoring. Final minute of the first frame. Bernstein: Pedraza is coming off his best performance as a pro, in his win against Stephen Smith, but he fought much differently than he is tonight. Ranallo: Right hand scores for the champion, Pedraza. Davis, the smaller of the two fighters in physical stature, attacking the body. Malignaggi: I think Pedraza will eventually settle back.
Into his normal style. I think he came out fast just to see what the youngster had in his tank and if maybe he could catch him being a little nervous. But Davis has reacted very poised in this first round. Bernstein: Mm-hmm. Ranallo: The punches bounce off the gloves of Jose Pedraza. Nice right hand to the body by Jose Pedraza. Nice left hook to the head by Davis. Good start to this 130-pound title tilt..
Time! Malignaggi: Sharp counter uppercut again by Davis. Bernstein: We'll look at the keys for Jose Pedraza in this fight. His keys to victory -- Create doubt early. He tried to do that by being very aggressive. Not sure he succeeded. Control the range. Well, he decided to go on the inside..
Switch at will. He did it immediately by coming out as a lefty, not a righty. We'll see if he goes back to the right-handed stance during the course of this fight. As for Davis -- smart aggression, coming forward without getting hit too much, think defense when you're doing it, and land the left hand. He did land some excellent left uppercuts. .
Ranallo: Round number 2. Gervonta Davis was taken to the Upton Boxing Center in Baltimore by an uncle at the age of 7. He is trained by 52-year-old Calvin Ford, who inspired the character Dennis "Cutty" Wise on the highly acclaimed TV series "The Wire." Ford has worked with so many troubled youngsters in Baltimore, looking to give them a better life. And Gervonta Davis a huge role model to those youngsters. Malignaggi: Somebody must have told Pedraza in the corner,.
"Come out, get back to the fundamentals." He's coming out using the jab a little bit more effectively this round. Bernstein: And it's interesting, 'cause he landed 11 jabs in the first round, according to ShoStats, but it's just that Davis did such good offensive work. And Pedraza does average 13 more jabs than Davis does as a fighter. Ranallo: Pedraza known for his sharp jab. Off to a sharper start here in round 2..
Looking to back up Davis and utilize that jab. Malignaggi: It's also a better sense of distance by Pedraza in general with the lead hand. I think he understands if he steps in too hard, Davis is waiting with that sharp overhand left counter. Ranallo: There's a jab by Davis. But backed up to the ropes by Pedraza. Working from the southpaw stance. That right hook was blocked by the glove of Davis. Bernstein: You know, in round 1,.
Paulie alluded to the fact that Davis landed big power punches, did not hurt or knock down Pedraza. In previous fights, those have done that against lesser opponents. Malignaggi: An adjustment Pedraza's made -- He's not overcommitting to the offense this time. In the first round, I think he was a little too excited and trying to catch Davis off guard. No, no. Keep it clean, man. Keep it clean. Bernstein: He hit Pedraza when he was down..
May get a warning for that. Slip. Ranallo: Pedraza told us that Davis is fast, attacks fast, uses the uppercut well, but he does not use his legs much. He opens up too much, particularly when throwing his hooks. Bernstein: Ooh. Ranallo: Nice right uppercut on the inside and then to the body. Davis opening up on Pedraza!.
Bernstein: Why is Pedraza making this fight easier for Davis by staying right there? I think he's testing the young man, maybe he's testing his power, but that just makes no sense. Malignaggi: I think he's trying to test him mentally by continuing to walk him down. I don't know if it's gonna be the right plan, but we'll see. I think he's trying to test him and create doubt in his mind. Bernstein: Yeah, but he's getting hit with some shots..
Ranallo: Another left uppercut on the inside by Davis. There's an uppercut by Pedraza on the inside. Final 15 seconds of the second. Pedraza attacking the body. Good combination by Davis. Malignaggi: Davis with flashy combinations on the inside. Ranallo: Two rounds in the books here in Brooklyn. Malignaggi: Those get the judges' attention. Time! .
Ranallo: Earlier tonight on Showtime Extreme, we had two exciting preliminary bouts. Here's Steve Farhood, who called the action with Barry Tompkins. Farhood: Indeed, Mo. In the first fight, a fight that I think will definitely hold up as a candidate for fight of the year, you see Immanuwel Aleem, in the white trunks, dropping Ievgen Khytrov. These are undefeated middleweights. And then he finishes Khytrov in round 6.
In a fight where Aleem was hurt badly more than once. He goes to 17-0-1. He is now a contender. Fantastic fight. And in the main event on Sho Extreme, the first women's title fight on a major network in 10 years. Amanda Serrano from New York City. Yazmin Rivas from Mexico. Serrano with the big left hand. They started fast. They finished fast. Serrano won most of the rounds.
And won a unanimous 10-round decision. An important fight to the future of women's boxing in the USA, Mo. Ranallo: Thanks a lot, Steve. Showtime bringing women's MMA to the masses back in 2007. Great to see the ladies of boxing back on Showtime in 2017. As we begin round 3. The champion at 130 pounds, Jose Pedraza, against Gervonta Davis, undefeated. At just 22, getting his first crack at a title..
Al, the question going in was would he be able to handle this step up? So far, so good. Bernstein: Yeah. I think part of that is because -- Oh, wow. That was a little chippy there. Time. Time. Pedraza, distressed at being held, whacked him behind the head three times. The next one is gonna cost you a point, okay? Pregunta. Okay?.
All right. Time in! The interesting thing to me is Pedraza is more powerful as a righty. He's come out as a lefty and chosen to fight a power fight. That fascinates me. Malignaggi: Sometimes it's easier to find those openings when you fight a lefty as a lefty. Ranallo: Davis finds another opening with the right hand. Just misses with that laser left..
And it appears Davis' confidence is growing by the second! Bernstein: I think this is a huge mistake. Pedraza may get through it. He may win this fight. I think this is absurd tactics for him early in the fight, to give this young man a chance to fight in his office against a guy who's in a less powerful stance. I just think it's a mistake. We'll see. Malignaggi: Pedraza's not doing some of the fundamental things that could -- Oh, nice little sharp uppercut by Pedraza there. Not doing some of the fundamental things..
You've got a guy who's a sharp counterpuncher in Davis. Use a couple of feints. Make him bite on a couple of those. That way, he's looking to counter air, and then you can counter that. Ranallo: Nice counter left hand by Gervonta Davis. Midpoint of round 3. Malignaggi: Pedraza's making it easy for Davis to counter him, 'cause when he's gonna punch, he punches. He never feints and baits him out of position..
Ranallo: Gervonta Davis' trainer, Calvin Ford, saying he was ready for his big walk. He is making the most out of his big opportunity here tonight. Showing composure. Showing flash. Pedraza continues to fight out of the southpaw stance, but not really scoring. See? Good head movement by Davis. Malignaggi: Davis makes all those defensive moves. If you drop a feint in there, you put him out of position. Overhand left scored by Davis..
Bernstein: Swelling already under the right eye of Pedraza from some of those hooks. Malignaggi: Yeah. Davis landed some sharp shots. Ranallo: Davis tags the body with the right. That left hook was off the arm of Pedraza. Last 30 seconds of the third round. And Davis doing a good job of avoiding the majority of Pedraza's attack. Right-left connects by the Tank here at the end of round 3. Time!.
Malignaggi: Pedraza starting to arrive with some of the offense at the end of the round. Bernstein: There was a difficult moment when a side headlock made Pedraza a little distressed. Oh, and he got whacked in the head by Davis, and that's what prompted that right hand to the back of the head. Davis hit him while he had him in the headlock. And here's where Pedraza -- Right in the pocket, and Davis comes with the big uppercut and the right hook..
Davis has showed good combination punching so far in this fight. And he told us he has better skills than people give him credit for. This is back and forth during the course of this. Pedraza did have a few moments. They both landed big right hands there -- a left hand by Davis and a right by Pedraza. But for the most part, Pedraza not doing as well on the inside as he'd like..
Ranallo: The bell goes to begin round number 4. There have been seven 130-pound champions from Puerto Rico, most notably Hector Camacho, Wilfredo Gomez, and Alfredo Escalera. Pedraza, at this moment, the lone male champion born in Puerto Rico. And Pedraza off to a more aggressive start, but the high guard by Davis blocking a lot of those shots. Bernstein: Davis now getting --.
Talking and getting very confident. Could get overconfident doing that. Ranallo: Those shots are being blocked by the guard of Pedraza. Malignaggi: Yeah, but some of the thud gets through. Ranallo: Davis attacking the body now. Showing good IQ, Paulie. Malignaggi: You've got to either move your head or catch and shoot off there. You can't just catch it and not do anything. Bernstein: Pedraza may take all this punishment.
And come back and get to Davis -- who, by the way, has never been past nine rounds. So he may tire him out, and he may get it done, but this strategy, to me, is ludicrous early in the fight. Ranallo: Davis continues to tattoo the body. Davis, just a three-year pro, entering his first title showdown with seven straight victories by stoppage. Malignaggi: Look. Right there. No counterpunching there. You're giving him this high guard, giving Davis free shots..
If you're gonna stay with that high guard like that and not move your head, you've got to at least be ready to come back with some sharp counters. Otherwise, you're gonna give Davis no reason to doubt that offense, that sharp offense. Pedraza talking back now. Bernstein: Ranallo: Again, just his 17th professional fight. Undefeated at 16-0, with 15 of those wins coming inside the distance..
Malignaggi: Very creative is Davis. Sharp counters. Different angles. I'll tell you what he's living up to. He's living up to that outfit he's got on. You wear that flashy outfit, you got to be able to fight. Bernstein: True. Ranallo: Final minute of the fourth. Yeah. Look who's talking, Mr. Malignaggi. Malignaggi: It takes one to know one, right? Bernstein: You have been known to wear.
Some interesting outfits. Ranallo: Some interesting hairstyles as well. Oh. Pedraza with a sharp right to the body. Bernstein: He has thrown some good right hooks down there, but that one, the best. Again, it's early in the fight to talk about this, but because of Pedraza's strategy, you have to. He's 5-0 over 12-round fights, Davis never past nine. Ranallo: But Pedraza scoring now with the combination. Malignaggi: They're both talking to each other..
They're both trying to spite each other with the "Whoo!" Ranallo: Doing their Ric Flair impression. Malignaggi: Yeah. Both of them. Bernstein: And now Pedraza, who normally throws many more punches than Davis, is starting to open up in terms of combinations. Whoo! Malignaggi: You know, one little thing positive about Pedraza -- He's starting to fire back in between Davis a little bit. Time!.
Interpreter: That's the way. Listen to me. Listen to me. The same thing, but you're staying inside. Move it. Move it around. Go to the side. I'm gonna start getting nice and heated up here now. The points are going over there. You're going fine, but the points are there..
You've got to step it up now, okay? Okay? How you doing? Twelve-round fight, yo. You got to keep poking holes in him, hear? All right. Seconds out. I need that eye, hear? I got it. I got it. Ranallo: This is round 5. Scheduled for 12 for Jose Pedraza's 130-pound title. His stepfather, Luis Espada, is his trainer.
And giving him some truth serum in that corner, Al. Bernstein: It is good advice. Pedraza may have well have won the last round, but the other rounds certainly went to Davis. And they want him not to stay in the pocket with Davis, to give him some movement. Malignaggi: And from the other side, Davis' corner told him to keep poking the holes in Pedraza. And that means just keep with the sharp shots. It's a 12-round fight, they told him..
You don't need to put all the weight on all your shots. Just poke holes through him and keep scoring. Ranallo: And Pedraza opening up on Davis along the ropes. Attacking the body. Diversifying his attack. Malignaggi: And he's giving him the "whoo" in between. Ranallo: And some change-ups as well, Paulie. Really mixing up the speed of his punches. Malignaggi: That's where Pedraza's at his best -- when he doesn't commit fully to the offense, he gives you those baiting shots,.
And then he commits to some of them -- like we talk about, the off-speed pitch, you know? It makes it much more difficult for Davis to time it. Bernstein: The other important thing is the body work Pedraza is now doing to slow up Davis later in the fight. Malignaggi: I'll tell you what else might slow Davis down is the fast pace he's been fighting at. This is a kid, as we talked about, who's never been past nine rounds. Ranallo: Davis backing up. He's now cornered by Pedraza..
Davis with an extensive amateur background. Went 206-15. Was a 2012 national Golden Gloves champion. But he's in against a Puerto Rican Olympian in Pedraza, who's very busy in this round. Malignaggi: Here's the difference in the kind of opponent as opposed to the other ones Davis has fought. Pedraza will be down in the fight, as he is here, and he'll come back trying to win rounds..
The opponents Davis has fought thus far, once they fall behind, they don't have that winning mentality. Pedraza has that championship mentality. You're gonna have to stay consistent against him. Ranallo: Al, they don't just fall behind. They just fall for Davis thus far. Bernstein: And Pedraza doing a very good job here now of letting the hands go. Malignaggi: It's one thing a fighter will always realize.
When he fights a championship-level fighter -- Fights come in waves. You may have the advantage. You can fall into a disadvantage very quickly. Ranallo: Very animated display by both prizefighters here in Brooklyn, much to the delight of the big crowd on hand! Malignaggi: A look of disgust on Davis as he threw those shots. Well, Pedraza getting the timing..
Ranallo: Pedraza's head movement avoiding a lot of those shots. Bernstein: Hey, this is fun, and this very big crowd here at Barclays, who is well engaged, loves it. Malignaggi: See Davis starting to hold a little bit. This is where he's gonna have to make sure he keeps control of the pace if he wants it to keep going his way. Time! Solid round for Pedraza..
Bernstein: Early in that round, Jose Pedraza pushed Davis against the ropes and opened up with punches to both the body and the head. Not landing monstrous punches, but as Paulie said, he's not overcommitting and he's just basically moving his hands and keeping him at bay. But then later on, Davis landing some big punches and showing some bravado as well.
As he continues to chat with Pedraza. And another look at that as they both use the jabs and then the straight left hand from Davis, who did keep his composure in the face of that assault by Pedraza. Pedraza threw 89 punches in that last round -- very busy -- according to Sho Stats. Ranallo: And Pedraza off to a fast start here in round 6, backing Davis up again,.
But Davis looking to keep him at bay with that jab. Malignaggi: And it's Davis that comes out with the jab snapping out early in this round. I think he's starting to now make sure he doesn't go forgetting the basic fundamental shots. Ranallo: Pedraza won his portion of the 130-pound title in June of 2015 against Andrey Klimov, then scored a highly controversial decision against the battle-tested Edner Cherry before another successful title defense against Stephen Smith..
That came last April. In fact, Pedraza coming off a career-long layoff -- 273 days. Bernstein: This fight is exactly the opposite of what we expected. We thought Davis would be coming forward, Pedraza would be boxing, trying to land counterpunches. It has been exactly the opposite. Malignaggi: Both guys have fought well, even if it's been the opposite..
Bernstein: Yeah, there have been moments, but I still think it's a tactical error by Pedraza. Ranallo: Oh, that jab snapped the head of Pedraza back like a Pez dispenser. No, no, no, no, no, no. No, no. Here. Bernstein: And Jose Pedraza, who switches often, has fought this entire fight as a lefty. Ranallo: As a southpaw. Do you agree with that strategy, Paulie?.
Malignaggi: Again, it's down to the comfort zone of the fighter. But a lot of times, if a guy knows how to fight lefty, he'll fight another lefty. Ranallo: Couple of right hooks land on the face of Pedraza. And a left uppercut to the body! And another one on the inside! Malignaggi: Good body shot by Davis. He got that underneath there. He hurt him with that body shot. Ranallo: Pedraza's hurt! Malignaggi: That was a great shot to the body..
Ranallo: A liver shot landed for Gervonta Davis! Malignaggi: Look how tight he's holding that right elbow to the body. He doesn't want to get hit there again. Ranallo: So Pedraza tasting the power of Gervonta Davis here in round 6. Bernstein: Well, the tactical error that Pedraza has made has cost him in this round. Malignaggi: He turned righty there. I think that's to get that side of his body away from him..
Bernstein: Good idea. Ranallo: And the jab connects by Davis. So Pedraza looking to buy some time to get his breath back. And yet look at Gervonta Davis -- 22 years of age, still showing composure. Teeing off on Pedraza! Less than 30 seconds left in a sixth that has Davis hurting Pedraza and Davis teeing off on the 130-pound champion!.
Malignaggi: That body shot really debilitated Pedraza this round. He's just finally starting to open up now. Take the air right out of you, you get a body shot like that. Ranallo: Advantage, Davis. Time. Floyd Mayweather, who is Gervonta Davis' promoter and mentor. He's on his feet..
Good round, baby! Bernstein: Here is where we'll see the work downstairs and how Pedraza will be hurt. Working upstairs and downstairs is Davis. And he showed great combination work on the inside. Malignaggi: That's the shot right there. Bernstein: There's the body shot that just really hurt him. And later on in the round, Davis would continue the assault. Now Pedraza is a righty because of the body shot,.
With his left hand very low to protect the body. And Davis, very smartly, throwing right hooks. Ranallo: Midway through this IBF junior-lightweight title bout. Scheduled for 12 rounds. Davis met Floyd Mayweather at a training camp for former four-division champ Adrien Broner. Two steps back. Two steps forward..
One step right. One step left. Balance. Front, back? Front, back, side, side, and then stand on one leg. Go ahead. One leg. You okay? Yeah. All right. Go get 'em. Gonzalez: Good?.
Ranallo: Making sure that Jose Pedraza is able to continue. To finish my thought -- Mayweather and Davis meeting at an Adrien Broner training camp. Shortly thereafter, Davis signing with Mayweather. And Pedraza attacking the body. Malignaggi: I felt like the entire medical test -- I know we all want to put fighters' safety first, but I don't know if you need to make like you're in the doctor's office.
When you're checking a fighter either. They just gave Pedraza an extra minute of recovery time there. Ford: Put the heat on! Bernstein: Davis in the last round, according to Sho Stats, landed 26 of 48 of his power shots. He was very accurate and very active. Ranallo: A huge edge in power punches last round. Any time you can land 50% or more, you're having a pretty good night. Let's bring in our unofficial Showtime scorer, Steve Farhood..
How do you have it at the midpoint, Steve? Mo, I have it 58-56, Davis. I don't say this often, but to me, every round's been very easy to score. I would be very surprised if the judges had it any different. Whichever fighter fighter has accelerated has won the round. Who can keep the pace up in the second half? That'll determine the winner. Ranallo: And Davis is about to enter some uncharted territory, Al..
Bernstein: Yeah. He's only been into the ninth round. He's never been past it. So we'll see. Ranallo: Oh! Left hand scores! Chopping left hands by Davis on Pedraza! Bernstein: For the first time of the fight, Pedraza trapped on the ropes. We haven't seen that. Malignaggi: Davis coming forward now..
I don't know if Pedraza has recovered from that body shot. Ranallo: Final 60 seconds of the seventh. Pedraza doubled over. Opening up an opportunity for an uppercut, just like that. And it's Davis emptying the fusillade on Pedraza! Malignaggi: Oh. Ranallo: Vicious right hand! Pedraza goes down! Seis!.
Siete! Ocho! Nueve! And this fight is over! Pedraza went down for the first time in his career, and it was night over. Gervonta Davis becomes the new IBF 130-pound champion. What a coming-out party, Al. Bernstein: He was kind of taken to the bosom of the crowd, and he got the job done for them.
And looked to all four corners of this arena to celebrate. He is another champion from Baltimore. First one, of course -- the great Joe Gans, the first African-American champion, way back around 1900. And now here's another young man following in his footsteps. Ranallo: And the first champion from Baltimore, Paulie, since heavyweight Hasim Rahman. Malignaggi: Yeah. This is a star-making performance. It wasn't just that he won the world title tonight, his first world title of what's probably expected to be many,.
But also the way he won it. He took on a solid, veteran, championship-level fighter in Jose Pedraza and took him apart. I tell you, I did not expect this kind of performance. Bernstein: And I'm not known as a negative commentator, but that man, Jose Pedraza, who's a very fine young man and a good fighter, fought the most tactically ridiculous fight I have seen in a long time. They made a fundamental error,.
And it cost him his championship in my humble opinion. We will look at how this fight culminated in a very exciting period in the seventh round. Malignaggi: That was a big right hook. Bernstein: The right hook, which had become a very important weapon for Davis, sent Pedraza down. And he had landed some very big punches prior to that. And as you pointed out, Paulie, Pedraza was still hurt from the body punches..
And Pedraza sitting there, getting ready to get up, but they would not allow this fight to continue. As he struggled to his feet, the referee took a good long look at him. Malignaggi: I don't think he struggled to his feet, but he had taken a lot of damage, and it's probably a good stoppage in the end. Bernstein: Here we see it again. The right hook of Davis. You know, we were at the fighter meeting. Mauro mentioned to Davis,.
"Is that right hand your most powerful punch?" He said, "Well, I like both the left and the right." But tonight he showed us both punches, but the right hook -- ultimately a little more powerful. Malignaggi: He landed some solid left uppercuts early on in the fight, especially on the counter. Bernstein: That young man demonstrated, among other things -- Malignaggi: Look at the torque he generates. He comes with the left hand and misses it,.
And it generates the torque to the other side of his body. and he's able to get a lot of leverage on that hook when he brings it back around. It's not the hook you want to get hit with when it's coming back around across the body like that, because he's generating a lot of torque off the hips. Bernstein: Gervonta Davis' parents battled drugs while he was growing up. Was and in out of group and foster homes. Was taken in by Calvin Ford at the age of 7..
And the mentor, Floyd Mayweather, celebrating as well, as the Money Team has another champion in Gervonta Davis. Malignaggi: But this one he's got from the pro debut, right? Ranallo: Correct. Malignaggi: This is his first first pro fight to world champion. Ranallo: Let's make it official with Jimmy Lennon Jr. Lennon: Ladies and gentlemen,.
We have the time of 2:36 in round number 7. Our referee in charge stops the contest. He is the winner by way of technical knockout. He is still undefeated. He is now boxing's youngest current world champion and the new IBF junior junior-lightweight champion of the world, Gervonta "Tank" Davis!