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Davis vs. Santa Cruz Moves To Oct. 31 In San Antonio With Fans In Attendance

The next major boxing Pay-Per-View event is officially on the move.

Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz now have a new date and a firm location for their anticipated two-belt title fight showdown. Their originally scheduled October 24 Showtime PPV headliner will now take place one week later, moving to October 31 and to take place at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, three sources with intimate knowledge of the development confirmed to on Wednesday.

The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger was the first to break this story.

A motivating factor behind staging the event in Texas is to allow fans in attendance. Pro sporting events in the Lone Star State during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have allowed up to 25% seating capacity in select areas, including at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas—the home to the Texas Rangers which is hosting the Major League Baseball (MLB) National League Championship Series (NLCS) and the World Series.

The National Football League's (NFL) Dallas Cowboys have also played this season in front of socially-distanced crowds, while the Houston Texans will allow fans at NRG Stadium this weekend after not allowing fans in attendance for its home opener two weeks ago.


With that will come the first Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC)-branded event available to the paying public. The show moving back to October 31 will also allow for an additional seven days to sell tickets, sources suggested to Event handlers opted to move the date due to the 72,000-seat multi-purpose venue not being available on the  October 24. The University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners host a Conference USA game versus the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. 

The move works to the benefit of at least one fight on the undercard. Locally-based Mario Barrios (25-0, 16KOs) will make the first defense of his secondary WBA 140-pound title versus Houston’s Ryan Karl (18-2, 12KOs) in a bout that was moved from one PPV event to another. The two were originally scheduled to collide on the September 26 Showtime PPV show co-headlined by Houston-based twins Jermall and Jermell Charlo, both of whom delivered career-best wins in separate fights.

The Charlo twinbill took place at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, which has hosted every Showtime-branded card since the pandemic.

The site was originally budgeted to host the two-division title fight between Baltimore’s Davis (23-0, 22KOs)—a former two-time 130-pound titlist and current secondary WBA 135-pound beltholder—and four-division and reigning current 130-pound title claimant Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19KOs). With the move will mark the first Showtime card to leave the Mohegan Sun Bubble, which will still play host to an October 7 ShoBox card and an October 10 Showtime Championship Boxing event.

Davis’ lightweight strap and Santa Cruz’s junior lightweight belt will both be at stake in the evening’s main event, which will be contested at the 130-pound limit. Davis last fought at the weight in a 2nd round wipeout of Ricardo Nuñez last July in his Baltimore homecoming. Five months later came his lightweight title win, stopping Olympic Gold medalist and former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa in the 12th round last December in Atlanta, Georgia.

Santa Cruz has not fought since making his junior lightweight debut, moving up to outpoint Miguel Flores in their vacant 130-pound title fight last November in Las Vegas.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by just the facts on 10-05-2020

[QUOTE=Santa_;20789270]Smart move by SeƱor Haymon. King Leo El Famoso Terremoto Santa Cruz will become the first Mexican boxer to become a 5 weight champion so it's only right to place this monumental event in a Mexican stronghold city like San…

Comment by Topdogggbm on 10-05-2020

[QUOTE=Kannabis Kid;20792377]Good for you dude I like both and I always favor boxing over UFC but sometimes you just have to call it like it is Khabib is an international star and Gaethje fights pure stand up even though he…

Comment by Kannabis Kid on 10-03-2020

[QUOTE=Topdogggbm;20791107]And again as I stated before, it's two totally different groups of people interested in this fight. You're on a boxing site discussing "because of the style Gaethje comes with the co-main is not bad either". I'm excited about Tank…

Comment by Santa_ on 10-03-2020

[QUOTE=Pigeons;20791122]All of us here are streaming this fight.[/QUOTE] It's the NSB way :boxing: Can't wait!

Comment by Pigeons on 10-03-2020

All of us here are streaming this fight.

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