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 is Davis’ fifth fight as 2017, and he is coming from an April win over Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar. Davis fought only once a year ago, but he is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career and will shield his brand new belt for the first time. In the victory, Davis landed nearly 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 in. reach. Davis is simply a pitbull in the ring with exceptionally heavy hands and a pressure style that is catastrophic once he puts his timing down. With knockouts in each of the last 11 fights and eight of those fights ending in the first round or sooner, it’s fairly clear what to expect from Tank. Davis is an aggressive boxer from Baltimore who attracts a different power into the ring which it’s tough because of his opponent to match. Davis is also quite underrated because of his shield, as he has solid footwork and fantastic mind motion that enables him to get in and out rather quickly. Davis is at his best when boxing on the inside and is someone who should continue to fly up the rankings. This is Davis’ career fight in California.
Abner Mares enters this battle with a 31-3-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Mares has won five of the last seven fights, and he is coming off a June loss to Leo Santa Cruz. Mares is coming from yet another reduction to Santa Cruz, a bout where he did very little damage and landed a very poor proportion of his cries. Still, Mares will be battling to get a belt to the fifth straight battle and has a chance to get probably the biggest win of his career. Mares is a 33-year-old Mexican who stands 5’4″, has a 66 inch reach and contains 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 from Jhonny Gonzalez in 2013. Mares has a strong right hand, some good hand speed and contains these flurries that can conquer his opponent. Mares is at his best when he is pushing the pace and does have a knack for finishing a fight when he’s his opponent on the ropes. Mares is a proven champion who’ll be up to the job and won’t be intimated by the glowing lights. This is Mares’ profession struggle in California.
This will be a fun battle and one that’s guaranteed to check Davis, as Mares is battle tested, tough and contains these competitive combinations that can be tricky for a fighter seeking to land the one major punch. Even though Mares will have his chances to make 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 mistakes he makes. It is critical Mares is careful of his aggressiveness, as he could walk to some power punch which puts him to sleep. We are visiting Davis became a more patient boxer, not rely so much on the 1 haymaker. Mares has to pick his spots in this one and can’t rely on trading punches, as he’ll surely be on the losing side.
I will take Davis to win this bout by TKO / KO at the top round.
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