Gervonta Davis Leo Santa Cruz PPV bout moving date- location
The fluid scheduling of some of boxing’s big-time fights that still remain in 2020 is apparently continuing with the Pay-Per-View World Lightweight Title showdown between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz now being pushed back a week.
That’s according to a report Wednesday night from Mike Coppinger, boxing insider for The Athletic, who says the fighters, PBC and Showtime have decided to move the bout to Halloween night. And, it will also apparently move out of the Mohegan Sun Casino “bubble” and to a location that can have some fans present:
SOURCES: Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz is moving from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31 and SHO PPV will be held with fans at San Antonio’s Alamodome. Shrewd move by PBC finding a way to generate gate revenue and also moving off date occupied by UFC 254 with Khabibhttps://t.co/fdZhpvsRJ4
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 30, 2020
Davis vs. Santa Cruz is one of the most anticipated world title fights, since the resumption of the sport this Summer. This, as it pits the unbeaten, rising, two division world champion Davis against three division world champ, veteran Santa Cruz.
When last saw “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) in December, he outlasted veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa via a 12th round TKO to gain the WBA 135 lb. title. That was Davis’s debut at Lightweight, where he is also seeking a potential mega-fight with unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Lomachenko will battle Teofimo Lopez on October 17th for the Unified 135 lb. title in the Top Rank Las Vegas bubble.
It’s also an attractive fight for Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs), who won his most recent bout in November by unanimous decision over Miguel Flores to capture the WBA Jr. Lightweight title.
Santa Cruz had previously said that he would be willing to fight Davis at either Junior Lightweight or the Lightweight 135 lb. limit, however, that he would prefer the fight at 130 lb.. Santa Cruz has previously been Jr. Featherweight, Featherweight and now, Jr. Lightweight champ.
Ultimately, it was agreed that the fight would be for the WBA 135 lb. title.
That was, because the lesser weight will be a concern for Davis, as he had trouble making the 135 lb. limit on his second try the day before the Gamboa fight back in December.
And, it was the third different time in his career that he had to shed weight the afternoon before his fight.
As Coppinger points out, the Alamodome in San Antonio is not available for Saturday night October 24th, as the University of Texas-San Antonio is playing a home football game in it.
However, it is available for the following week and due to the capacity being over 40,000 inside, PBC may be able to have as many as 10,000 or more socially distanced fans attend and help with the live gate revenue for the fight.