Gervonta Davis makes a statement and stops Jose Pedraza in seven to become world champion
By Hector Franco
January 14, 2016
BROOKLYN, NY- Boxing is the ultimate theater of the unexpected. Tonight at the Barclays Center Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) made his name known in the boxing world by stopping previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs) in the seventh round. Before the fight, many questioned if Davis was ready for such a challenge at such a young age with a relatively limited professional career.
Davis showed the world that he was more than ready to challenge for a world title and is now the IBF 130-pound champion. The division is a stacked division with many fighters that can challenge Davis. Fighters such as WBA 130-pound champion Jason Sosa and Javier Fortuna could be in the Baltimore native’s future.
The fight itself was competitive in many rounds with both men taking turns unloading combinations on one another. The difference in the fight is that Davis’ punches were much more effective and took a greater toll on Pedraza than vice versa. After a rocky three rounds, Pedraza seemed to be taking control of the fight by outworking and backing Davis up.
To his, credit Davis was able to turn up the volume of his punches in the sixth and seventh rounds with an unprecedented violent attack to Pedraza’s body. Davis kept landing combination after combination and eventually Pedraza succumb to the punishment in the seventh round.
With the victory, Davis becomes the youngest champion in the sport of boxing. He is a fighter who has the rare ability to be technically proficient and exciting at the same time. Now that he is a world champion the hope is that Davis stays active and takes on the rest of the 130-pound division.
For Pedraza, this is a setback but just like any champion if he stays active he can bounce back. Pedraza has the following of an entire country and shouldn’t let this loss to Davis hold him back. The way Davis performed on this night, any 130-pounder may have lost.
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