Gervonta Davis and Abner Mares fight Saturday at the Dignity Health Sports Park for the WBA (Super) super featherweight title.
Gervonta Davis enters this battle with a 20-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This is Davis’ fifth battle as 2017, and he is coming from an April triumph over Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar. Davis fought only once a year ago, but he’s coming off arguably the biggest win of his career and will shield his brand new belt for the first time. At the success, Davis landed nearly 50 percent of his power shots and produced a third round knockout. Davis is a 24-year-old southpaw who stands 5’6″ with a 69 inch reach. Davis is merely a pitbull from the ring with extremely heavy hands along with a pressure style that’s devastating once he puts his timing down. With knockouts in each of his last 11 fights and eight of those fights ending in the sixth round or earlier, it is fairly clear what to expect from Tank. Davis is a competitive boxer from Baltimore that brings a different energy to the ring which it is tough for his rival to coincide. Davis is also quite underrated for his shield, as he’s solid footwork and fantastic mind movement that allows him to get in and out fairly quickly. Davis is at his finest when boxing on the interior and is someone who should continue to fly the positions. This will be Davis’ initial career struggle in California.
Abner Mares enters this fight with a 31-3-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Mares has won five of the last seven fights, and he’s coming from a June loss to Leo Santa Cruz. Mares is coming off yet another loss to Santa Cruz, a bout where he did very little harm and landed a very poor proportion of his punches. However, Mares will probably be fighting to get a belt to the fifth straight fight and has a opportunity to get probably the biggest win of his career. Mares is a 33-year-old Mexican who stands at 5’4″, has a 66 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Mares is a tough fighter who has been in some serious brawls over his career and he can take a punch, which surely gives him an opportunity in this bout. Despite three losses, Mares has just been completed once in his profession, which came against Jhonny Gonzalez in 2013. Mares has a powerful right hand, some decent hands speed and contains these flurries that may overwhelm his opponent. Mares is at his best when he’s pushing the pace and does have a knack for completing a fight when he’s his opponent on the ropes. Mares is an established champion who will be up to the task and won’t be intimated from the bright lights. This is Mares’ career struggle in California.
This is going to be a fun battle and one that’s guaranteed to test Davis, as Mares is battle tested, tough and contains these competitive combinations which can be tricky for a boxer seeking to land the one big punch. Even though Mares will have his chances to make this fight competitive, Davis will be on the winning side. Tank isn’t merely the larger fighter, but he’s the stronger puncher and will make Mares pay for any defensive errors he makes. It is critical Mares is careful of his aggressiveness, as he can easily walk into a power punch that puts him to sleep. We’re seeing Davis became a more patient boxer and not rely so much on the 1 haymaker. Mares must pick his spots within this one and can not rely on trading punches, as he will certainly be on the losing side.
I’ll take Davis to win this bout by TKO / KO in the top round.