- Gervonta “Tank” Davis will take on Leo Santa Cruz on Oct 31, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas.
- Our favorite betting prop is Gervonta Davis by KO which is listed at +130.
- If you are a Leo Santa Cruz fan, his odds to win by decision are priced at +500.
On Halloween night the reigning WBA Lightweight Champion Gervonta Davis meets WBA Super Featherweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz. We give an early prediction and list the best method of victory props for this upcoming boxing bout.
*Update: We not only predicted the winner but the correct round betting prop of 4-6 rounds below. Next up could Davis face Teofimo Lopez, we cover the opening odds for Gervonta Davis vs Teofimo Lopez here.
Fight Prediction for Davis vs Cruz
Gervonta Davis (28-0), is Floyd Mayweather Jr’s protege returns to action with his first fight this year. As the boxing’s newest star grows he now aims to expand by fighting on the grand stage by headlining his own Pay-Per-View.
Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1), is ageing like a fine wine. Coming in as the much lighter fighter here, Cruz is already at a disadvantage but that’s not stopping him aiming for greatness.
Since avenging his only loss to Carl Frampton, Cruz has went on a tear picking up four straight wins. All by way of unanimous decision wins, which is a betting option to look out for.
In terms of fighting style Davis is a southpaw and a lives up to his name “tank”. He’s a brute inside the ring, using his frame to his advantage and has accumulated 22 KO victories, with a KO rate of 95%. Davis will however have a slight reach disadvantage 171cm to Cruz at 175cm.
One of the biggest challenges this fight has in front of it, is Gervonta Davis making the weight. It’s been documented how the natural lightweight struggles to make 130 pounds.
As reported by Boxing Scene, Teofimo Lopez has this to say. “For everyone else out there, man, everybody is cherry-picking,” Lopez said. “Gervonta Davis, why you fighting Leo Santa Cruz? For what? That’s a 130-pounder, or a 126-pounder. That’s sad, man. And you guys hype these guys up for so many things, but it’s OK. It’s OK. Just put ‘em in front of me and I’ll beat ‘em.”
Cruz improved immensely over the course of the two Frampton fights. The knowledge of not getting into a dog fight, will be a key element from the moment the bell rings. Cruz certainly has the ability to outpoint Davis and this could frustrate the younger boxer, especially if he can’t KO Cruz within the opening rounds.
The main keys to victory for Davis will be to keep his composure and counterpunch Cruz. If he can land the uppercut while Cruz attempts a forward flurry of punches it could be lights out.
While Cruz has the skill set to be one of the best featherweights on the planet, he is a hittable fighter. That combined with the power of Davis, is why we are picking Davis by stoppage and remain undefeated.
Pick: Gervonta Davis
Best Bets for Davis vs Cruz
Betting on the moneyline in boxing can a simple and effective way of gambling. That being said, if you are confident in your picks, why not be more precise and select the exact method of victory for even juicer odds. We’ve hand picked these betting props form our list of recommended betting sites here.
Gervonta Davis KO/TKO: +130
As we already mention Tank is a KO machine. Going up against a lighter fighter is a clear advantage. Bet $100 to net $130 on Davis by KO.
Gervonta Davis Rounds 4-6: +500
This fight could be over in the first three-round. However, expect Cruz to be more illusive in those early rounds and by the fifth things should really start heating up. Bet $100 to win $500 on Davis to win in-between rounds 4-6.
Leo Santa Cruz by Decision: +500
Cruz has the ability to out-box and score points on the judges scorecards as good as any boxer out there. For odds of +500, you can bet $100 to win $500 on Cruz by decision.