- Gervonta Davis KO-6 Leo Santa Cruz (2:40) [Recap]
- Mario Barrios TKO-6 Ryan Karl (2:23) [Recap]
- Regis Prograis TKO-3 Juan Heraldez (1:23) [Recap]
- Isaac Cruz KO-1 Diego Magdaleno (0:53) [Recap]
Round By Round
Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz
Round 1: Davis comes out to center ring and takes a strong posture. Jab comes from Davis who pushes Santa Cruz back. Uppercut from Davis lands already. Right hand from Santa Cruz makes contact. Davis tries another coutner uppercut but doesn’t land it as well. Santa Cruz throws a quick combination and catches Davis with the last shot. Three shots from Santa Cruz lands but Davis comes right back and lands a hard counter to the body. Santa Cruz is bleeding already. Davis lands a straight left between Santa Cruz’s guard. Davis comes forward and takes a jab from Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz on the back foot now, looking for counter opportunites. Charge from Santa Cruz puts Davis on his ass but the referee rules it a slip! Santa Cruz throws a combination that mostly doesn’t land. I’m going to edge this first round to Davis since that wasn’t ruled a knockdown, he did more damage. Davis 10-9.
Round 2: Santa Cruz stalks forward slowly and throws a right hook that partially lands on Davis. Santa Cruz throws a combination that mostly misses. Uppercut from Davis lands. Davis steps back as he tries to walk Santa Cruz into something big. Jab lands for Santa Cruz. Davis misses on a couple of counters that fall short. Now Davis slams Santa Cruz to the canvas and gets a warning from the referee. Santa Cruz walks forward and Davis throws a left hand but Santa Cruz responds with a flurry of punches that don’t land all that clean but make an impression. Straight left lands for Davis. Good round for Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Davis falls short on a jab. Santa Cruz stalks forward but isn’t being reckless with his offense which is working in his favor. Davis in the corner and Santa Cruz measures with a jab but Davis lands a uppercut. Left hand lands upstairs for Santa Cruz with Davis along the ropes. Right hand from Santa Cruz misses and Davis pivots out the corner. Davis falls short on two jabs to the body. Davis misses on a jab but ducks a couple counters for Santa Cruz. Davis starts pressing forward not and lands a left hand upstairs, then one to the body. Hard left to the body lands again for Davis. Jab lands for Davis again. Santa Cruz lands a counter uppercut to the body. Close round, I’m going to ever so slightly edge this one to Davis. Davis 10-9.
Round 4: Davis jabs but has it blocked. Santa Cruz misses on a few of his own jabs. Both fighters end up in a clinch at center ring. Santa Cruz lands a good hook to the body. Davis comes back and misses on an uppercut. Uppercut and hook lands well for Davis. Both fighters trade and both land on one another! Santa Cruz is trading with Santa Cruz right in the pocket and is standing his ground pretty well so far. Left to the body lands well for Davis, Santa Cruz comes back with a jab. Another body shot lands for Davis but the referee warns them they strayed low. Davis comes forward and Santa Cruz tries to meet him with a couple of punches. Left to the body lands for Davis. Jab lands downstairs for Davis this time. Santa Cruz is holding up better than I thought but I think Davis’ power shots were the difference in this round. Davis 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Davis stands center ring and Santa Cruz throws a combination that doesn’t land as Davis steps out of range. Lead right makes partial contact for Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz misses on two shots as Davis moves laterally along the ropes. Left lands to the body again for Davis. Now Santa Cruz lands a right hand to the body. Davis comes back with a hard left right to the gut that which follows two jabs. Santa Cruz eats a jab upstairs. Right hand lead lands for Santa Cruz this time. Left to the body scores again for Davis. Santa Cruz throws an ineffective combination that Davis is able to duck. Good round for Davis, I think. Davis 10-9.
Round 6: Santa Cruz’s corner tells him to get past this round and Davis will gas out in the second half. Good right to the body lands for Santa Cruz, then another, then another! Right and left to the body lands for Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz throws a bunch more punches and makes some contact. Davis tries to step through Santa Cruz’s offense and both fighters trade body shots. Santa Cruz lands a right hand lead. Davis foe to the body and the referee says it lands low and Santa Cruz gets some time to recover. Davis claims Santa Cruz is holding him down, forcing the punches to go low. Right hook lands for Santa Cruz. Davis tries to come forward with some big power shots and lands a couple! Santa Cruz comes back and Santa Cruz gets rocked by a big uppercut by Davis! It’s over, Santa Cruz is down and out cold! SIck one-punch KO! Davis KO-6.
Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl
Round 1: Karl comes out with some heavy feints. Barrios jabs down to the body. Karl jabs upstairs but misses on a body shot. Barrios lands a jab to the body. Karl misses on a right hand before wlaking into a body shot from Barrios. Two counters to the body land well for Barrios. Right hand lands over the top for Karl on the inside, Barrios digs the body. Counter uppercut makes contact for Barrios. Karl presses forward but gets clipped with a left hook upstairs. Counter jab lands well for Barrios this time. Barrios 10-9.
Round 2: Karl comes out aggressively and gets into a quick clinch with Barrios. Karl lands a shot upstairs but takes come counters downstairs. Now Karl staggers Barrios backwards a little with a good shot. Karl tries to mix it up a little more but gets warned for throwing shots behind the head up close. Karl jabs and comes forward and takes a counter from Barrios. Karl continues to throw and walks into a big right to the body. Left to the body lands for Barrios. Karl lands a jab upstairs and then tries to follow it up with some ineffective punches. Counter right hand lands upstairs for Barrios, then another moments later. Karl lands a jab upstairs. I’ll edge this one to Karl, 10-9.
Round 3: Virgil Hunter asks Barrios to start backing up Karl in this round. Jab makes contact for Barrios to start the round. Right hand lands upstairs for Barrios. Left hook from Barrios doesn’t land clean but gets Karl’s attention. Barrios tries to counter Karl but Karl lands a couple of good shots at mid-range. Check hook lands for Barrios. Karl tries to work on the inside but can’t get the space he needs. Jab lands upstairs for Barrios. Left hand lands to the body on the inside for Barrios. Karl throws more ineffective punches at the end of the round. Barrios 10-9.
Round 4: Jab lands for Barrios. Barrios misses on a jab to the body but lands a left hook to the body just moments later. Right hand lands over the top for Barrios this time. Barrios starts walking towards Karl and lands a couple of good shots. Karl misses on some punches as he tries to get some forward momentum but walks into another counter from Barrios. Right to the body backs Karl off momentarily. Jab lands clean fro Barrios upstairs. Stiff jab from Barrios stiffens Karl’s legs! Karl tries to hold on for a moment to get his balance back. Clean jab lands from Barrios. Barrios 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Karl tries to run across the ring and meet Barrios to start the round, Barrios pivots out and moves laterally. Barrios counters Karl’s attack and then moves off to the side. Right hand from Barrios lands upstairs, then two down to the body. Karl tries an overhand right hand that glances off Barrios. Left counter lands upstairs for Barrios. Both fighters trade jabs now. Check hook lands for Barrios as Karl steps forward. Barrios 10-9.
Round 6: Barrios’ trainer Hunter wants him to start getting a little more aggressive when he has Karl in a vulnerable position. Karl misses on a hook to start the round. Barrios throws a combination and lands some down to the body. Right hand lands clean for Barrios as Karl steps in and Karl hits the canvas! Karl wants to continue and Barrios starts throwing some big hooks but Karl smothers and holds on. Right hand lead lands for Karl but an accidental head clash splits open Karl’s forehead! Left hook from Barrios shakes up Karl again who is bleeding badly. Karl throws a lead right that lands on Barrios. Timeout is called for the doctor to take a look at Karl’s gash. Doctor says Karl can continue. A couple of hard power shots land for Barrios and Karl is in big trouble! Karl still throwing back but gets clipped and Karl falls head first to the canvas. Referee waves off the fight immediately. Barrios TKO-6.
Regis Prograis vs Juan Heraldez
Round 1: Heraldez throws a jab that gets parried by Prograis. Prograis stands at center ring and throws his own jab that doesn’t land. Right hand to the body lands for Heraldez. Heraldez circles and throws a jab to the head and body. Jab from Prograis misses upstairs. Straight left from Prograis makes partial contact. Now a good left to the body lands for Prograis. Two left hands have Heraldez retreating quickly. Double left hand from Prograis makes some contact as Heraldez backs off some more. Jab lands upstairs for Heraldez. Prograis walks into a jab from Heraldez. Jab lands again for Heraldez at range. Straight left to the body lands downstairs then upstairs for Prograis. Prograis takes the round off his power punching. Prograis 10-9.
Round 2: Prograis tries a straight left to the body that makes contact. Heraldez throws his own right hand downstairs and lands. Prograis measures with a few jabs and then Heraldez throws a combination and lands a body shot. Straight right from Heraldez falls short. Prograis lands a left to the body. Heraldez tries a couple more right hands but cant quite find the range. Not a lot of clean punching in this round but it seemed to me Prograis was in control. Prograis 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Heraldez comes out pressing in the third and walks onto a body shot from Prograis. Two shots land for Prograis in quick succession. Straight right from Heraldez falls a little short but then Prograis lines up a huge left hook upstairs that puts Heraldez down! Heraldez gets up and might be hurt as Prograis comes on with a barrage of punches trying to finish him off. Heraldez takes an onslaught of punches and the referee steps in to stop the fight. Prograis TKO-3.
Isaac Cruz vs Diego Magdaleno
Round 1: Cruz jabs and then tries a right hand that falls short. Now several hard body shots land well for Cruz who levels Magdaleno in the corner! Magdaleno beats the count but took a lot of big shots in these opening 30 seconds. Now Both fighters trade power shots and Cruz lands a clean uppercut that puts Magdaleno down and out! It’s over one minute into the fight! Cruz KO-1.
Tonight at 9 pm ET on Showtime pay-per-view, as well as Channel 5 in the United Kingdom (2 am GMT), Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Leo Santa Cruz headline in a world title fight that spans two divisions at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Wil Esco will be on all four fights for the round-by-round call.
Davis, 25, will be defending the WBA’s secondary “world” (“regular”) lightweight title, while Santa Cruz, 32, puts his WBA “super world” junior lightweight title on the line. The fight’s weight limit is 130 pounds, making it possible for titles at 130 and 135 to be on the line. Also because it’s a nice promotional gimmick.
Davis is the favorite here, but Santa Cruz is a highly accomplished pro who has won world titles in four weight classes. Most people see the question being whether or not Santa Cruz can fight at this level at 130, and we’ll see.
How to Watch Davis vs Santa Cruz
Date: Saturday, Oct. 31 | Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
TV: Showtime PPV | Stream: Showtime.com
There will be three fights on the undercard. Hometown fighter Mario Barrios will defend his WBA secondary “world” (“regular) junior welterweight title against Ryan Karl, former titleholder Regis Prograis will face Juan Heraldez in a 10-round junior welterweight bout (Prograis missed weight but the fight is on), and Isaac Cruz and Diego Magdaleno meet in an IBF eliminator at 135 pounds.
Full Card (SHO PPV, 9:00 pm ET)
- Gervonta Davis (23-0, 22 KO) vs Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KO), junior lightweights, 12 rounds
- Mario Barrios (25-0, 16 KO) vs Ryan Karl (18-2, 12 KO), junior welterweights, 12 rounds
- Regis Prograis (24-1, 20 KO) vs Juan Heraldez (16-0-1, 10 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Isaac Cruz (19-1-1, 14 KO) vs Diego Magdaleno (32-3, 13 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds