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Leo Santa Cruz tells Tank Davis: Weight must be 130

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By Dan Ambrose: Leo Santa Cruz is saying that Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis will need to come down to 130 to fight him at super featherweight if he wants to fight him. Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs), who started his career out at 115 in 2006, doesn’t want to move up to 135 to face Tank Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) at lightweight.

Tank, 25, fought at super featherweight from 2013 to 2019. He moved up to lightweight last December in stopping Yuriorkis Gamboa in the 11th round in Atlanta.

Is Santa Cruz trying to weight drain Tank Davis?

There’s no word yet whether Tank Davis will agree to fight Santa Cruz at 130. But if not, then Santa Cruz, 31, says he’ll fight Gary Russell Jr. Presumably, Russell Jr. would need to move up to 130 to face Santa Cruz at super-featherweight. Last November, Santa Cruz defeated Miguel Flores to win the WBA Super World 130-lb belt.

Asking Tank Davis to come down to 130 at this point in his career just looks like Santa Cruz is trying to drain the guy. He can’t even make 135, let alone 130. It’s hard to imagine Tank and his promoters at Mayweather Promotions agreeing to the Santa Cruz fight at 130. It’s not that they don’t think Tank Davis will win. It’s just that he probably won’t be able to make the 130lb limit.

This is going to be a tough fight for Santa Cruz against Tank Davis, as he’ll be facing a younger guy with size and massive punching power. Tank has a lot of things going for him, and Santa Cruz might be the perfect style for him to add another knockout to his resume.

Gervonta Davis Leo Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz wants Tank Davis next at 130

“That’s what we’re hoping for, Tank is next,” said Santa Cruz on social media. “That’s what the fans want. I know that’s a hard fight, but we want it. Hopefully, we get it as soon as August is over. We go for it. Yes, I’m ready, and I’m going to get prepared for Tank Davis.

“The agenda is Tank Davis. That’s who we’ll hopefully get. Hopefully, that’s our next fight. I’m still training, and I’ve been going to the gym and then back home. I’ve been trying to be as safe as possible. It’s really dangerous.

“We’re not going to go up to 135 right now. We want to fight at 130. I wish I were a welterweight. I tried to go up, but I can’t. The most I could go up is 145, but God has a plan for everybody. My plan is 130, and thank God I’ve been blessed right now,” said Santa Cruz.

Tank is struggling to make 135. How on earth is he going to be able to melt down to fight Santa Cruz at 130? I don’t see it happening. If Tank does agree to fight Santa Cruz at super featherweight, then Leo will need a huge weight penalty clause in the contract.

You can’t blame Santa Cruz for wanting to bring Gervonta Davis down to 130 to fight, being that he’s got to get some kind of handicap. Tank is huge after he rehydrates for his contests at lightweight, and Santa Cruz can’t afford to be giving away so much size to him.

Ryan Garcia an option for Santa Cruz in future

“Hopefully, Tank won’t be able to keep up with me, and we get the win, and we keep making bigger things,” said Santa Cruz. “Right now, I think I’m a little too light for Ryan [Garcia]. He’s at 135, and I’m at 130. Who knows? Maybe down the line, we could, you know? We could face each other at 135.

“My second option is if I don’t get that fight against Tank Davis is Gary Russell,” said Santa Cruz. “Gary Russell Jr, we’ve been saying we want that fight. Hopefully, we get that Tank fight, but if not, I want Gary Russell. I weight around 145,” said Santa Cruz.

“Our life can end at any minute, and I try to be safe. I’m doing my job, and I’m still getting ready for Tank. As soon as this pandemic is over, we’ll go back and be back as soon as possible. The plan is to fight Tank Davis at 130.

Well, if Santa Cruz beats Tank Davis, then it would make sense for him to one day take on the tall 5’10” lightweight Ryan Garcia. But since it’s unlikely that Santa Cruz will get passed Tank, then there’s no point in him facing Ryan. At that point, a fight with Ryan would be more of a business-level match for Santa Cruz. He would make good money fight Ryan, and that would take some of the sting out of losing to him.

If Tank comes down to 130, he might not be as strong at that weight as he is at lightweight. It’s still going to be a formidable task for Santa Cruz to deal with Tank’s power. He’s got so much energy, and Santa Cruz is going to be a sitting duck for his shots.


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