Gervonta Davis and Abner Mares fight Saturday at the Dignity Health Sports Park for the WBA (Super) super featherweight title.
Gervonta Davis enters this battle with a 20-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fifth fight since 2017, and he is coming off an April win over Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar. Davis fought just once last year, but he is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career and will shield his new belt for the first time. At the success, Davis landed almost 50 percent of his energy shots and produced a third round knockout. Davis is a 24-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6″ with a 69 inch reach. Davis is simply a pitbull from the ring with exceptionally heavy hands along with a pressure style that is devastating once he puts his down time. With knockouts in each of his last 11 fights and eight of these fights ending in the first round or earlier, it is fairly obvious what to expect from Tank. Davis is a competitive fighter from Baltimore that attracts another power into the ring which it is tough for his opponent to coincide. Davis is also rather underrated for his defense, as he’s solid footwork and fantastic mind motion that allows him to get in and out rather quickly. Davis is at his best when boxing onto the interior and is somebody who must continue to fly up the positions. This will be Davis’ first career struggle in California.
Abner Mares enters this fight with a 31-3-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Mares has won five of his last seven fights, and he is coming off a June loss to Leo Santa Cruz. Mares is coming off another reduction to Santa Cruz, a bout where he did very little harm and landed a very bad proportion of his punches. However, Mares will probably be battling to get a belt for the fifth straight fight and has a opportunity to get probably the biggest win of his career. Mares is a 33-year-old Mexican who stands 5’4″, includes a 66 inch achieve and has an orthodox stance. Mares is a tough fighter that has been in some serious brawls over his livelihood and he can take a punch, which surely gives him an opportunity in this bout. Despite three losses, Mares has just been completed once in his profession, which came against Jhonny Gonzalez at 2013. Mares has a powerful right hand, a few decent hand rate and contains these flurries that can overwhelm his opponent. Mares is at his finest when he is pushing the speed and does have a knack for finishing a fight when he’s his opponent on the ropes. Mares is a proven champion who will be up to the job and won’t be intimated from the bright lights. This is Mares’ career fight in California.
This will be a fun fight and one that is guaranteed to check Davis, as Mares is battle tested, demanding and contains these aggressive combinations which may be tricky for a boxer seeking to land the one major punch. While Mares will have his chances to make this battle aggressive, Davis will be on the winning side. Tank is not only the larger fighter, but he’s the stronger puncher and will make Mares pay for any defensive errors he makes. It is crucial Mares is careful of his aggressiveness, as he could easily walk into a power punch which puts him to sleep. We are seeing Davis became a more patient boxer and not rely on the one haymaker. Mares has to pick his spots within this one and can’t rely on trading punches, as he’ll certainly be on the losing side.
I’ll take Davis to win this bout by TKO / KO in the seventh round.
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