Can Davis-Santa Cruz Successfully Jump The Pay Per View Hurdle?

By: Sean Crose This Saturday's Gervonta Davis - Leo Santa Cruz fight is unquestionably a major event in the sport of boxing. Davis, a lightning fast, power punching dynamo, is being groomed as the next Floyd Mayweather. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, has always been a man who has let his fists do the talking - and they've spoken quite well. He's only lost a single bout, one he avenged against Carl Frampton in a highly rollicking rematch. Davis remains undefeated, but he's never met someone of Santa Cruz' caliber before . Having faced and bested such men as Frampton and Abner Mares, Santa Cruz already knows what it's like to be in the big show. This bout, which will be for a lightweight, as well as a junior lightweight, title is a classic tale of a rising star against an established star, the future versus a part of the past still hoping to remain present. It's easy to see Davis winning. He's younger, and seemingly stronger than his foe. Again, though, Santa Cruz may have forgotten more about high level fights than Davis has yet to learn. There's no doubt - this is an interesting matchup. Is it pay per view worthy, though? Historically, boxing broadcasts with price tags - be they pay per view or closed circuit bouts - were generally creme de la creme affairs. One or two of the most popular boxers in the game would get together for a fight of such high stakes that a tacked on cost seemed to be justified for the price of viewing. Think Ali-Frazier. Or Leonard-Duran. Or Holmes-Cooney. Or Hagler-Hearns. Or Tyson-Spinks. In recent years, of course, the trend has changed. Where million buy pay per views used to be somewhat common, now they're a rarity. That's because fans are now charged for good fights instead of just super fights. And there's a big difference between the two. For instance, two weeks ago, Teofimo Lopez surprised a lot of people by besting pound for pound kingpin Vasyl Lomachenko. His victory wasn't too much of a surprise, however, as many saw the fight as a battle between the two best lightweights in the entire world. Given the current environment, it's easy to see how the match could have ended up on pay per view. It ended up on cable, however, and was rewarded with excellent ratings. The forces behind the Davis-Santa Cruz card, which is being presented by Showtime and Premiere Boxing Champions, could be concerned that some might consider Lomachenko-Lopez a more prominent fight than Davis-Santa Cruz. Then again, both Davis and Santa Cruz have a reputation of drawing in viewers. Whether or not those viewers will be willing the pay this weekend is the question that will be answered soon enough. The post Can Davis-Santa Cruz Successfully Jump The Pay Per View Hurdle? appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Can Davis-Santa Cruz Successfully Jump The Pay Per View Hurdle?

By: Sean Crose

This Saturday's Gervonta Davis - Leo Santa Cruz fight is unquestionably a major event in the sport of boxing. Davis, a lightning fast, power punching dynamo, is being groomed as the next Floyd Mayweather. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, has always been a man who has let his fists do the talking - and they've spoken quite well. He's only lost a single bout, one he avenged against Carl Frampton in a highly rollicking rematch. Davis remains undefeated, but he's never met someone of Santa Cruz' caliber before . Having faced and bested such men as Frampton and Abner Mares, Santa Cruz already knows what it's like to be in the big show.

This bout, which will be for a lightweight, as well as a junior lightweight, title is a classic tale of a rising star against an established star, the future versus a part of the past still hoping to remain present. It's easy to see Davis winning. He's younger, and seemingly stronger than his foe. Again, though, Santa Cruz may have forgotten more about high level fights than Davis has yet to learn. There's no doubt - this is an interesting matchup. Is it pay per view worthy, though?

Historically, boxing broadcasts with price tags - be they pay per view or closed circuit bouts - were generally creme de la creme affairs. One or two of the most popular boxers in the game would get together for a fight of such high stakes that a tacked on cost seemed to be justified for the price of viewing. Think Ali-Frazier. Or Leonard-Duran. Or Holmes-Cooney. Or Hagler-Hearns. Or Tyson-Spinks. In recent years, of course, the trend has changed. Where million buy pay per views used to be somewhat common, now they're a rarity. That's because fans are now charged for good fights instead of just super fights. And there's a big difference between the two.

For instance, two weeks ago, Teofimo Lopez surprised a lot of people by besting pound for pound kingpin Vasyl Lomachenko. His victory wasn't too much of a surprise, however, as many saw the fight as a battle between the two best lightweights in the entire world. Given the current environment, it's easy to see how the match could have ended up on pay per view. It ended up on cable, however, and was rewarded with excellent ratings.

The forces behind the Davis-Santa Cruz card, which is being presented by Showtime and Premiere Boxing Champions, could be concerned that some might consider Lomachenko-Lopez a more prominent fight than Davis-Santa Cruz. Then again, both Davis and Santa Cruz have a reputation of drawing in viewers. Whether or not those viewers will be willing the pay this weekend is the question that will be answered soon enough.

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Gervonta Davis Sends Warning To Leo Santa Cruz: “He Better Come Prepared, If Not He’s Going To Sleep”

By: Hans Themistode Gervonta Davis is taking his showdown with Leo Santa Cruz more seriously than any other fight in his professional career. So much so, that he has moved his camp from the comfort of his Baltimore hometown to the steaming desert of Las Vegas, Nevada.  By all accounts, the move for Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) has proven to be a sagacious one as he has claimed that the time away from familiar faces has allowed him to focus better than ever before. Now, with only a few days left until he takes on the four division world titlist, Davis believes his preparation will lead him to victory. For Santa Cruz on the other hand, he’ll have a quick and painful night if he hasn't equally been as diligent in his own preparation.  “He better come prepared,” said Davis in an interview with ESNEWS during a recent interview. “If not, he’s going to sleep.” For Davis, the concussive power that he brings to the ring has led to an early night whether or not his opponents have come in prepared or not. Amongst the long list of opponents that have felt his power is former two division world champion Jose Pedraza. The Puerto Rican native implemented a come forward, aggressive game plan when the two fought in January of 2017. The success however, was few and far between as Davis won their contest via seventh round stoppage.  With Santa Cruz claiming that he will implore a similar game plan in an effort to “drown,” Davis in the championship rounds, the Baltimore product is hoping that he stays true to his word. “I see he keep talking about he’s going to press me but that isn't going to be a good way to do it. Pedraza tried to press me and you seen the outcome.” Whether Davis stops his man in the same fashion in which he has done most of his opponents, or if he strolls his way to a unanimous decision, the 25 year old is already looking ahead.  Roughly five weeks after his contest with Santa Cruz, Davis will have front row tickets to watch fellow 135 pounders in Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell face off for the WBC interim title. Although he couldn’t pick a winner, Davis did make it clear that following his victory, he doesn't plan on taking a break as he eyes the winner. “After this fight I’m going to get right back in the gym cause I want to fight the winner between Ryan and Campbell.”  The post Gervonta Davis Sends Warning To Leo Santa Cruz: “He Better Come Prepared, If Not He’s Going To Sleep” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Gervonta Davis Sends Warning To Leo Santa Cruz: “He Better Come Prepared, If Not He’s Going To Sleep”

By: Hans Themistode

Gervonta Davis is taking his showdown with Leo Santa Cruz more seriously than any other fight in his professional career. So much so, that he has moved his camp from the comfort of his Baltimore hometown to the steaming desert of Las Vegas, Nevada. 

By all accounts, the move for Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) has proven to be a sagacious one as he has claimed that the time away from familiar faces has allowed him to focus better than ever before. Now, with only a few days left until he takes on the four division world titlist, Davis believes his preparation will lead him to victory. For Santa Cruz on the other hand, he’ll have a quick and painful night if he hasn't equally been as diligent in his own preparation. 

“He better come prepared,” said Davis in an interview with ESNEWS during a recent interview. “If not, he’s going to sleep.”

For Davis, the concussive power that he brings to the ring has led to an early night whether or not his opponents have come in prepared or not. Amongst the long list of opponents that have felt his power is former two division world champion Jose Pedraza. The Puerto Rican native implemented a come forward, aggressive game plan when the two fought in January of 2017. The success however, was few and far between as Davis won their contest via seventh round stoppage. 

With Santa Cruz claiming that he will implore a similar game plan in an effort to “drown,” Davis in the championship rounds, the Baltimore product is hoping that he stays true to his word.

“I see he keep talking about he’s going to press me but that isn't going to be a good way to do it. Pedraza tried to press me and you seen the outcome.”

Whether Davis stops his man in the same fashion in which he has done most of his opponents, or if he strolls his way to a unanimous decision, the 25 year old is already looking ahead. 

Roughly five weeks after his contest with Santa Cruz, Davis will have front row tickets to watch fellow 135 pounders in Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell face off for the WBC interim title. Although he couldn’t pick a winner, Davis did make it clear that following his victory, he doesn't plan on taking a break as he eyes the winner.

“After this fight I’m going to get right back in the gym cause I want to fight the winner between Ryan and Campbell.” 

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