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Gervonta Davis, Leo Santa Cruz reach “agreement in principle” for fall PPV

The card will “likely” take place in SoCal

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Confirming earlier reports from Leo Santa Cruz and Leonard Ellerbe, Mike Coppinger reports that “El Terremoto” and Gervonta Davis have an “agreement in place” for a fall pay-per-view on Showtime. The fight, originally planned for Staples Center, will “likely land in Southern California” and take place at the super featherweight limit of 130 pounds.

Davis (23-0, 22 KO) made the move from super featherweight to lightweight last year after a second successful defense of his “super” WBA title; he’d previously won and defended the IBF belt before losing it on the scales against Francisco Fonseca. He needed two tries to make weight in his 135-pound debut and underwhelmed against an injured, declining Yuriorkis Gamboa, so keep an eye on this fight’s contracted weight. I expect it’s not set in stone.

Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KO) did his best work from 118 to 126 pounds, finding continued success but diminishing returns on his power as he climbed the ranks. He tried his hand at super featherweight last November with a decision over Miguel Flores and claimed he’d be willing to move up to 135 for a crack at “Tank.”

I expect as much entertainment from the build-up and weigh-ins as I do from the fight itself, and I expect the fight to be plenty entertaining. Something to look forward to as quarantine drags on.

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