Skip to content
‘Mini Mike Tyson’ Gervonta Davis stunned Leo Santa Cruz with a superb uppercut that stunned Conor McGregor, which is why Floyd Mayweather’s wonderkid is nicknamed ‘Tank’


Standing just 5ft 5.5in tall, Gervonta Davis doesn’t cut the most intimidating figure, but her height couldn’t be more deceiving.

Davis has incredible power with a better knockout ratio than most of the top heavyweights in world boxing, including Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury.

Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

Davis knocked out 24 of his 26 opponents

Signed to Mayweather Promotions, Davis goes by the nickname “Tank”, which was coined by one of his amateur trainers due to his oversized head relative to his body.

Coincidentally, the moniker fits very well considering “Tank’s” powerful punching style, as he bulldozes through his opponents.

None more so than Leo Santa Cruz, whom Davis knocked out in stunning fashion in 2020.

It was a close fight for six rounds before Davis unleashed one of the most brutal uppercuts to ever grace a boxing ring that left Santa Cruz stunned and slumped against the ropes.

The shot even left normally unfazed UFC star Conor McGregor worried about Santa Cruz’s health, as he said, “My lord! What a vicious uppercut that was.

“Praying for the health and safety of Santa Cruz there. Young man “Tank” Davis has some serious venom in this backhand shot. Unbelievable!”


‘Mini Mike Tyson’ Gervonta Davis stunned Leo Santa Cruz with a superb uppercut that stunned Conor McGregor, which is why Floyd Mayweather’s wonderkid is nicknamed ‘Tank’

Esther Lin/Showtime

Davis won Ring Magazine’s “KO of the Year” award for his Santa Cruz knockout

Luckily, Santa Cruz recovered well, but he’s not the only opponent to face the wrath of Davis’ power, as he’s already used his knockout ability to get out of trouble.

When ‘Tank’ moved up to super lightweight last year to face Mario Barrios, it was hard to separate the two until the eighth round when Davis dropped his opponent twice.

Barrios recovered well and to Davis’ shock, at the end of the ninth round Mayweather Jr told ‘Tank’ he was down on the unofficial scoreboard.

This prompted Davis to start throwing bombs and halfway through the 11th round he had stopped Barrios.

‘Mini Mike Tyson’ Gervonta Davis stunned Leo Santa Cruz with a superb uppercut that stunned Conor McGregor, which is why Floyd Mayweather’s wonderkid is nicknamed ‘Tank’

Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

Davis has beaten most of PBC’s top fighters, from super featherweight to super lightweight

On Saturday night, Davis returns to the lightweight division to defend his WBA “regular” title against Rolando Romero.

This is in line with Mayweather Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions policy that they only want ‘Tank’ to fight in-house talent, but after this matchup he will run out of options.

That being said, Davis would be out of contract after this fight, which could open him up to fights with some of the biggest names in the lightweight divisions, such as Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia.

The Sharks are already in circles, as Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has expressed interest in signing Davis, so Mayweather Promotions will have to move quickly if they are to retain their brightest star.

Weekend betting offers

Bet of the day: Sky Bet – Salah & Benzema 2+ shots on target each, 2+ corners per team in each half and 20+ booking points per team (90 minutes only) @ Was 55/1 80/1 – BET HERE

Sign-up offer for new customers: 888Sport – Get 10/1 Liverpool to win OR 20/1 Real Madrid to win (£5 max bet)* – CLAIM HERE

New customers only. Minimum deposit of £10 • A qualifying bet is a “real money” wager of at least £10 • Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) • Free bets are credited upon settlement of the qualifying bet and expire after 7 days • Free bet stakes are not included in returns • Casino bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/associated winnings, wager x40 bonus amount within 14 days • Casino bonus expires after 60 days • Withdrawal restrictions and full terms and conditions apply 18+ begambleaware.org

More than 18 terms and conditions apply. begambleaware.org



Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.