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Pro boxer Gervonta “Tank” Davis

Pro boxer Gervonta “Tank” Davis advanced his record to 14-0 after beating tough Mexican boxer Luis Sanchez with a brutal knockout punch in the ninth round on Dec. 18 in Las Vegas. The fight was broadcasted live on Spike TV.

It was Davis’ 13th knockout of his young career. It was also one of the longest fights the 21-year-old Baltimore native has been in – Davis usually knocks his opponents out within the first few rounds (he knocked out former world champion Cristobal Cruz in the third round during his last bout back in October). Davis did score a knockdown punch on Sanchez in the fourth round for a standing eight count, but Sanchez regained his bearings and kept fighting.

Sanchez stood toe-to-toe with Davis through the middle rounds, but Davis stayed patient and eventually baited his opponent in for a monstrous left-hand uppercut in the ninth round that sent Sanchez to the canvas, forcing veteran referee Kenny Bayless to end the fight to give Davis the victory.

“I was just listening to my corner, coach Calvin , coach Kenny … Floyd Mayweather, and they told me to just press the issue,” Davis said on Spike TV after the fight.

Mayweather, who retired from boxing with a perfect 49-0 record after beating Andre Berto in October, signed Davis to his promotion company, The Money Team, earlier this year and has served as a close mentor to Gervonta since. Mayweather said on Spike TV how proud he was of Davis after the fight.

“It’s always a good feeling to get the ‘W,’” Mayweather said. “He’s young and he’s still learning but we look forward to seeing him as world champion one day.”