The World Lightweight Champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), the American Gervonta Davis, will face the WBA Super Feather Champion, the Mexican Leo Santa Cruz, in the stellar, with the two WBA world championships in two divisions at stake, one function, with an audience, to be held next Saturday, October 31, at “The Alamodome” in San Antonio, Texas.
The fight, which is promoted by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), will be televised on Showtime, on Pay Per View (PPV).
Gervonta Davis returns after capturing the WBA world vacancy at 135 pounds, knocking out Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa last December in Atlanta. His record is 23-0, with 22 knockouts.
Leo Santa Cruz will come to the duel after winning the WBA super featherweight world championship, by defeating Miguel Flores, last November in Las Vegas. He has a 37-1-1 record, with 19 knockouts.
Both star fighters participated in a last press conference where they offered their last words:
“We spent 15 weeks training so I am well prepared. It's about giving the fans a gift. I am grateful to be in this position and I am ready. Saturday night will be a memorable night.
“In order not to take anything from him, Yuriorkis Gamboa was only trying to survive against me. It's harder to get punches when someone isn't trying to provoke the fight. I know Leo will come to fight. I think this performance will take me to the next level.
“I don't think I have to knock him out, I just have to go out there and be cool. Forget about everything else, I just have to go out there and show everyone that I'm the best in the boxing world. That is my main objective.
“That's what I'm doing. I have to prove that I am the baddest man in sport on Saturday night.
"You can see a fighter's potential from the outside, but you have to see him come out in a fight to believe it. That's the position in The one I am in. Everybody knows I'm great, I just have to prove it.
"I think the winner should be in the top 10 on the pound-for-pound list.
“Floyd Mayweather just told me to stay focused despite everything that comes with pay-per-view week. I have to get the job done first, but also do all that it takes to be the next pay-per-view star.
“I am one of those fighters who knows how to focus when I have something big in front of me. None of the great fighters before me have froze when push comes to shove. I've always been able to focus when big things are at stake. That's what I did for this training camp.
“As far as any other fighter is concerned, I just don't care about them right now. I will test it on the way. This is one step closer to proving the point I want to make. "
LEO SANTA CRUZ
“This is what I've always dreamed of. When I was little, I wanted to be on this stage. I am living that dream and I am very happy and excited. I never thought I would make it. I thought it was like winning the lottery. But thanks to the fans, I am here where I am.
“I face the best fighter in the division. I have to go against the best fighter. I wanted to challenge myself. I know this is a dangerous fight for me, but I want to put myself to the test.
“Neither of them wants to go back to where they started. So I know we're both going to put up a great fight to the fans.
“I have the heart of a Mexican warrior. My dad has told me to fight a smart fight, but even though he is going to say that, there is a good chance that I will end up fighting him sometimes. Whatever happens, we will find a way to beat it.
“I'm not really worried about being the underdog. Everyone has their opinion. My job is to go out there and prove the doubters wrong. I trained hard to go out and do it that Saturday.
“Gervonta is the best opponent I have faced. The Abner Mares and Carl Frampton fights were a great experience for this type of fight. I learned a lot from those four fights and since then I have learned a lot more.
“It would mean a lot to me to become a five-division champion. It would be another dream come true. I would put the Santa Cruz last name among the best.
“Gervonta is a big guy and I know he will be hit hard. But I have trained with older guys throughout camp and I have been able to withstand everything that has been thrown at me.
“The fans want you to go and make a war back and forth. I know that against Gervonta I have to fight intelligently. I will do my best to listen to my father's advice.
“I definitely took this fight to calm the critics. People said they didn't want to fight the big names. So I went after the biggest challenge in the division and that's Gervonta Davis.
“I leave the opinions to the fans and the media. My job is to get the win and give the fans a great fight. I'm going to do my best and leave everything in the ring ”.