Last year, Floyd Mayweather named Gervonta Davis as the future of boxing. Tonight, fans got to see why as the 22-year-old picked apart previously undefeated Jose Pedraza to score a seventh-round stoppage.
Davis started fast in sweeping the first three rounds behind fast counters and vicious hooks to the body. The success was due to Pedraza trying to fight inside, and the IBF titlist adjusted by using his superior reach at mid-range to out-jab and outwork the challenger in rounds four and five.
Davis regained control in the sixth with heavy power shots. He finished the fading Pedraza in the seventh with a monstrous southpaw right hook.
Coming in, many critics claimed Davis was stepping up too soon and not focused on fighting. In this writer’s humble opinion, we’ve gotten too adjusted to fighters having 30 bouts before taking a risk. At 17-0, this fight had perfect timing and Davis proved he’s special with an excellent performance. Now the IBF title-holder at super featherweight, Gervonta Davis is another formidable name in a strong division.