By Chris Williams: Leo Santa Cruz sees the December fifth battle between WBA ‘common’ light-weight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero as a 50-50 battle because of the two of them having large energy.
Tank Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) is predicted to be a large favourite towards the unbeaten Rolly (14-0, 12 KOs) once they meet within the headliner on SHOWTIME Boxing PPV on the Staples Heart in Los Angeles, California.
Though the 24-year-old Rolly is awkward and inexperienced nonetheless, he’s enormous for the 135-lb weight class and appears extra like a welterweight than a light-weight.
Rolly’s punching energy is that of a 147-pounder, and he’s going to be an issue for Tank if he can cling round lengthy sufficient to place fingers on him.
In taking a look at Rolly’s current exercise video this week, he seems to be a strong 160+ lbs, and it’s exhausting to consider that he can lower all that muscle weight to compete at 135.
As huge as Rolly is, he actually needs to be competing at 147, not light-weight. Rolly’s measurement will make him a menace to Gervonta for so long as he’s in there.
With somebody that huge and highly effective, Rolly has bought an opportunity to beat the a lot smaller 5’5 1/2″ Tank Davis. Dimension-wise, Tank is extra of a pure 130-pounder moderately than a 135-pounder, and he’s going to be gifting away large measurement towards Rolly on the evening.
We don’t know if Rolly shall be weight drained from reducing almost 30 lbs of muscle & water to get all the way down to 135.
TANK VS. ROLLY = 50-50 FIGHT
“It’s an ideal battle. Tank is a good fighter, nice energy. I fought him, he beat me, however he’s an ideal fighter, and Rolly is one other nice fighter, and he has energy too,” stated Leo Santa Cruz to Fighthype on the Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero battle on December fifth.
“I believe in that battle, there’s going to be bombs,” Santa Cruz continued. “They’re going to be making an attempt to knock one another’s heads off.
“They’re going to offer every part allowed, and I don’t assume that battle goes to go 12 rounds, and I believe it’s going to be a knockout.
“It might go both manner as a result of they each have the facility, however the factor is, I believe Rolly, it’s the primary time he’s going 12 rounds or the second time, and he already fought 12 rounds.
“I believe he [Rolly] gasses out slightly bit, nevertheless it might go both manner. It’s going to be a superb battle, and I can inform it is going to be an ideal battle.
“Tank beat me. If we have now a fighter that beat me, I need him to do good. That manner, I can say, ‘I misplaced to one of many nice,’ and hopefully, Tank goes and takes it,” Santa Cruz stated on pulling for Gervonta.
SANTA CRUZ TO FIGHT IN DECEMBER
“Me, I’m right here to nonetheless battle the perfect,” stated Santa Cruz when requested who he needs to battle. “There’s Oscar Valdez on the market. Whoever they put me towards, I’m not afraid of no one, and I’ll say sure to anyone.
“Hopefully,” stated Santa Cruz when advised that he’ll be again within the ring in December. “We’re preparing for, and hopefully, it may very well be that date.
“They advised me that they’re making an attempt to place a date in December. Hopefully, I’ll get again in December. I’m preparing for that date, however no matter occurs, occurs, however I’m preparing,” stated Santa Cruz.
For Santa Cruz’s sake, he must hope that his promoters match him towards a non-puncher in his battle in December as a result of he’s coming off a foul sixth spherical knockout loss to Gervonta final October.
They’ve achieved properly to permit Santa Cruz to get better from his knockout by ready 14 months earlier than scheduling his subsequent battle in December, however nonetheless, you don’t understand how he’ll react to getting hit after the way in which he was knocked chilly by Tank.
Ideally, Santa Cruz must battle a lightweight puncher from the underside of the tremendous featherweight division’s high 15 rankings. You don’t need to put him in with anybody with an oz. of energy as a result of it might finish badly.
SHAKUR STEVENSON LACKS AGGRESSION
“I watched slightly bit,” stated Santa Cruz when requested if he watched Shakur Stevenson’s battle final Saturday evening towards Jamel Herring. “Shakur is a good fighter, and he has nice expertise and every part.
“He’s actually, actually excellent. The one factor is he’s not a kind of kinds of fighters that’s [all] motion that goes [forward and attacks], however he’s an ideal fighter.
“He’s bought nice expertise and an ideal punch and every part, and he made it look simple. He’s quick, fast, and has nice punches.
“He is aware of tips on how to take the rhythm and every part, and as I stated, if he had the aggression, all-out Mexican that goes out and destroys you, he can be excellent,” stated Santa Cruz of Stevenson.
It’s uncertain that Shakur Stevenson will change his preventing model to turn out to be the aggressive fighter that Santa Cruz and plenty of different boxing followers wish to see from him.
In spite of everything, Shakur has fought the identical safety-first model since his beginner days, and it’s unrealistic to imagine he’s going to alter now that he’s in his mid-20s.
SHAKUR TOO SAFETY FIRST
Stevenson’s preventing model will harm his possibilities of getting the fights he needs towards guys like Oscar Valdez and the highest fighters North of the 130-lb division at 135, like Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
Apparently, the battle Stevenson can get, Vasily Lomachenko, he doesn’t appear fascinated about taking. What does that let you know about Shakur?
Finally, Stevenson will fall wanting changing into a large star and can turn out to be High Rank’s subsequent Gullermo Rigondeaux.
Promoter Bob Arum was in all probability ecstatic when he first signed Stevenson after he got here out of the 2016 Olympics, believing he can be a can’t-miss star, nevertheless it doesn’t appear to be it’s going to occur.
If Stevenson fails to leap to stardom, Arum may need to think about reducing his losses and dropping him moderately than hoping that the boxing public will embrace him like they did Floyd Mayweather Jr. a few years in the past.
Mayweather was a uncommon case the place U.S boxing followers embraced a pure boxer moderately than a slugger, which they typically choose to see.
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