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Gervonta Davis Is The Real Deal; KOs Sniper Pedraza

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Gervonta Davis Is The Real Deal; KOs Sniper Pedraza

Brooklyn–Gervonta Davis met with Jose Pedraza in a young gun face off Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and on Showtime. We asked, was Davis a hype machine and would Pedraza show him to be a too fast, too soon type?

Nah…

Davis started strong and we wondered if he’d peter out. He did not. He kept his power into round seven, where he unleashed it. Down went Pedraza, and he beat the count but the ref pulled the plug.

A right hook was clean and hard and brain rattling. The time of the ending came at 2:36 of the seventh. Davis is now the IBF junior lightweight champion of the Earth.

In the first, Davis’ power wowed the crowd. The liked the Baltimore man’s oomph, while Pedraza slipped and ducked and made sure he stayed clear enough as he assessed his foe. To the second. Two lefties squared off, and Sniper wanted to be first. Davis had the faster hands, and it started to get clinch-y and ugly. Davis late ripped shots and Pedraza covered up to weather the storm. In the third, the ref told both to be cleaner. Bombs from Davis were impressing the crowd. He did peek a boo, and shoulder showing and rolling and ducking, a la some Floyd Mayweather. Pedraza, his left eye swollen some, had days before dismissed that as cheap imitation but it looked effective as heck.

To the fourth, we saw Gervonta fire to the body, as Floyd Mayweather in the first row stood up and yelled tips. And speed was a big differentiator for Tank. He ate a hook to the body that we heard back in press row. Was Pedraza figuring something out?

To round 5—Pedraza flurried, and had Tank in a corner. He’d said he’d like to take Tank late. He was now getting angles, looking confident. Davis was lazy, then busy, and the crowd went ballistic. Fun, fun round.

To the sixth, we saw Pedraza come out and run to Tank. Message: I want this! Sniper was in that mode, but then Davis would fire a super fast lead and snap his head some. Davis was working him later. Hard and clean, nasty stuff. They looked at the left eye before the round started, for a full minute. Now the seventh, we saw Tank work a jab. Up, up, then down. Lefts landed and the crowd smelled blood. From underneath, nasty stuff and down went Sniper. He just beat the count. But the ref waved it off. All she wrote..

GERVONTA DAVIS
“It felt great to go in there in front of my fans and take boxing more seriously. I want to thank Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe, Al Haymon, my hometown support and my team.
“It means a lot [to win this world title]. I put in hard work. My team put in hard work. We came out on top. I have a great promoter and a great boxer backing me and it felt great.
“I had experience. I told you all that. In this camp I studied Pretty Boy Floyd. Just to stay composed. He caught me with a lot of good shots. I took it and I dished it back out. That's how you know I'm a real dog.”
FLOYD MAYWEATHER
“For this training camp, I didn't want to be around him. I didn't want to talk to him. I wanted him to focus so he could out there and be the best and that's what he did tonight. Is this the future of boxing? Absa-f***-lutely.”
JOSE PEDRAZA
“I am okay. My strategy was to fight him from a distance and try to fight him inside to lose some of the power and it didn't work that way.
“At the end, I was trying to put on too much pressure and it didn't work.
“There was a moment that I adjusted to the game plan and something was telling me to come out and fight him and it didn't work.
“There is no excuse, I was at 135 and coming down to accept the fight wasn't the right move.”

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.