Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Leo Santa Cruz To Spar Welterweights To Prep For Gervonta Davis' Power

Although Leo Santa Cruz will stand two inches taller than Gervonta Davis when they meet Oct. 24 on Showtime pay per view, Tank will be the thicker fighter who’ll be packing the more powerful and thudding punch.

Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) is already fully envisioning the damage Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) can deliver, so he is looking to dial it up a notch during training.

“I’m back in camp now. The preparation is going well. We started last week as we start to train more, and we will be stepping it up. I will do everything that way I come well prepared for the fight,” Santa Cruz told Fight News. “Once we begin to spar. I will need guys that fight at 140 or 147.”

leo-santa-cruz (21)_3

Santa Cruz is a four-division champion at 118, 122, 126 and 130 weight classes. The clash against Baltimore-bred Davis will take place at super featherweight.

It will be just Santa Cruz’s second fight at 130.

In November, he unanimously decisioned Miguel Flores in a fight more competitive than he would have liked. For his efforts, he picked up a version of a WBA super featherweight belt that Davis vacated earlier as he moved up to fight Yuriorkis Gamboa at 135 for yet another vacant WBA belt.

“I’m happy that I won that fight [versus Flores] and that I won my fourth title, in my fourth weight division,” said Santa Cruz. “I didn’t do that good in that fight. I got sick a week before the fight, but I was not worried. I felt strong before the fight but then I was weak, I lost power. I won the fight, but It wasn’t the best performance.

“I thought we were fighting [Davis] for the 130-pound title, but we are also fighting for 135. I didn’t expect that … It will be a big accomplishment if I get a title at 135. I will be the first Mexican to win five world titles in five weight classes. It would be an honor and it would go down in history. It will be a dream come true.”

Santa Cruz sports a career KO percentage of 48.7, but he hasn’t carried over his power in recent years. He’s scored just two stoppages in his last nine fights spanning back to 2015.

He’ll be 32-year-old by the time he meets Davis.

The 25-year-old Davis, meanwhile, is riding a 14-fight knockout streak dating back to 2014.

Santa Cruz knows that he needs to be able to absorb Davis’ power in order to have a chance to fight back and deliver with his relentless offensive output.

Sparring with 147 pounders is a positive step to make El Terremoto’s game plan a reality.

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by IRONCHINHAGLER on 08-06-2020

[QUOTE=MxicoFistology;20692118]It actually changes the fact that you yourself admit have no pro fights and have never won a world title in your life yet you still insult and wanna demeanor what these boxers do in the ring , alot of…

Comment by MxicoFistology on 08-06-2020

[QUOTE=IRONCHINHAGLER;20692069]about as many as YOU and everyone else on this site ... LOL!! Wat does that change about the topic - NOTHING!!!![/QUOTE] It actually changes the fact that you yourself admit have no pro fights and have never won a…

Comment by IRONCHINHAGLER on 08-06-2020

[QUOTE=MxicoFistology;20691943]Once again, how many world titles have you won? Wether they’re alphabet titles or not, how many have you personally won? Wether some fighters have padded records or not they’re still fighting live boxers, how many pro fights do you…

Comment by MxicoFistology on 08-06-2020

[QUOTE=IRONCHINHAGLER;20688259]Lol.. like it’s so hard to win a alphabet title these days! Canelo is a great fighter- but he won his 1st title against 4 loss Matthew Hatton who was moving up in weight for a “vacant” title! Pathetic!! And…

Comment by Ray* on 08-05-2020

Total mismatch, doesn't matter who he spars. He is just too small for Davis. Am expecting a destruction here... Cruz is here to help Davis sell a PPV, getting his mexican/latino fans to buy, if they are really into their…

Top Headlines
Logan Paul Insists Mayweather Fight Still On, Date Change Looms Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim - Undercard Information Chris Kongo vs. Michael McKinson Added To Povetkin-Whyte Card Jake Paul To Fight UFC Veteran, Former Bellator Champ Ben Askren On April 17 Jazza Dickens Weighs Options As Purse Bid Looms For Galahad Title Fight Rolly Romero: Sparrow Fought Like A Coward, Lucky They Stopped It When They Did Ellerbe: A Lot Of People Will Disagree, But Tank-Ryan Garcia Is Biggest Fight In Boxing Hearn Approached By Three Broadcasters, Intention is To Extend Deal With Sky Team Nakathila: The Least the WBO Should Do Is Sanction Stevenson vs Nakathila for Interim Title Kazeem Sosoye Looks To Shock Francis Chua on February 26 Berchelt: Fans Are Already Desperate To See Me and Valdez Fight Joe Joyce: Usyk Will Be Tough, I'm Fairly Confident I Can Beat Him Darren Tetley vs. Samuel Antwi on Febraury 19 MTK Card Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168 - I'm Not Chasing Nobody! Canelo: Munguia Has Potential, But For Now I Don't Want To Face Another Mexican Salita on McGregor Defeat: There Will Be Significantly Less Interest in Boxing Return Ring City To Air 14 Shows in 2021, Migrate To Peacock Streaming Service In 2022 Reymart Gaballo-Emmanuel Rodriguez Rematch Ordered By WBC Sullivan Barrera Dropping To 168, Aims For New Opportunities Pacquiao Now Placed At +2000 To Next Land McGregor Fight Rances Barthelemy vs. All Rivera Tops FS1 Portion of Plant-Truax Card King Petitions To Make Bryan-Stiverne For WBA Title, Charr as 'Recess' Champ Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo To Land On Canelo-Yildirim Show Lee McGregor Very Eager To Get in The Ring With Karim Guerfi Charr Cleared For Travel Visa, En Route To Florida For Title Defense Versus Bryan Stephen Fulton-Angelo Leo: Afterthoughts Keith Thurman: I Don't Know if Danny Garcia Has That Dog in Him Anymore Haney: Ryan Garcia Wants Tank Because He Thinks It’s Easier Than Fighting Me McGregor: There Are No Damn Leg Kicks In Boxing - Pacquiao Fight Was Happening Ex-NBA Guard Kendall Gill To Jake Paul: Come Fight Someone Your Own Size! Coldwell Talks Jordan Gill, Lerrone Richards, Hopey Price, More Haney: Mayweather Training Like He's Fighting a Top Welterweight Warren: Herring-Frampton Is the Kind Of Fight We Like, A Tough, 50/50 Fight Calvin McCord Discusses Career, Future Ambitions, More Stephen Fulton Jr. Took Nothing For Granted In World Title Win Over Angelo Leo Ryan Garcia Teases Potential Pacquiao Showdown As Talks Continue Amado Vargas - The Second of Fernando Vargas' Sons To Go Pro Sergey Kovalev Fails Second Test For Synthetic Testosterone Arum on Fury-Joshua: Hearn Will Send First Draft of Contract on Tuesday Ra'eese Aleem Drops, Batters Victor Pasillas For TKO Win
Latest Forum Threads