Gervonta Davis and Abner Mares fight Saturday at the Dignity Health Sports Park for the WBA (Super) super featherweight title.
Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fifth battle as 2017, and he’s coming off an April win over Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar. Davis fought only once last year, but he is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career and will shield his brand new belt for the first time. At the victory, Davis landed nearly 50 percent of his energy shots and generated a third round knockout. Davis is a 24-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6″ with a 69 inch reach. Davis is merely a pitbull in the ring with exceptionally heavy hands and a pressure style that’s catastrophic once he puts his timing down. Together with knockouts in each of the last 11 fights and eight of those fights ending in the sixth round or earlier, it is fairly obvious what to expect from Tank. Davis is a competitive boxer from Baltimore who brings another power into the ring which it’s tough for his opponent to match. Davis is also quite underrated for his defense, as he has 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 someone who should continue to fly the rankings. This will be Davis’ 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’s coming off a June loss to Leo Santa Cruz. Mares is coming from yet another loss to Santa Cruz, a bout where he did very little damage and landed a very bad percentage of his punches. However, Mares will probably be fighting for a belt to the fifth straight battle and has a opportunity to get probably the biggest win of his career. Mares is a 33-year-old Mexican who stands at 5’4″, includes a 66 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Mares is a tough fighter that has been in some serious brawls over his career and he can take a punch, which certainly gives him an opportunity in this bout. Despite three losses, Mares has only been finished once in his profession, which came from Jhonny Gonzalez at 2013. Mares has a powerful right hand, some decent hand rate and contains these flurries that can overwhelm his opponent. Mares is at his finest when he’s pushing the pace and will have a knack for finishing a fight when he’s his opponent on the ropes. Mares is an established champion who will be up to the task and will not be intimated by the bright lights. This will be Mares’ career struggle in California.
This will be a fun battle and one that’s sure to test Davis, as Mares is battle tested, demanding and has these competitive combinations that can be tricky to get a boxer looking to land the one major punch. Even though Mares will have his opportunities to earn this fight competitive, Davis will be on the winning side. Tank is not merely the larger fighter, but he is the stronger puncher and will make Mares cover any defensive errors he makes. It’s crucial Mares is careful of his aggressiveness, as he could walk into a power punch which puts him to sleep. We are visiting Davis became a patient boxer and not rely so much on the 1 haymaker. Mares has to pick his spots within this one and can not rely on trading punches, as he’ll surely be on the losing side.
I’ll take Davis to win this bout by TKO / KO at the seventh round.
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