Power Surge: Gervonta Davis and That Elusive Star Quality
There were two explosions when Gervonta "Tank" Davis hit molly Leo Santa Cruz on Halloween night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. First there was the booming sound of a left supersonic uppercut connecting - on target - against Santa Cruz, then, causally came the instant crowd eruption, a gathering limited by protocols of […]

There were two explosions when Gervonta "Tank" Davis hit molly Leo Santa Cruz on Halloween night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. First there was the booming sound of a left supersonic uppercut connecting - on target - against Santa Cruz, then, causally came the instant crowd eruption, a gathering limited by protocols of social distancing but deafening nonetheless.

That boisterous response to San Antonio apparently underscored a general view of Davis: that he's a developing fixture and, perhaps, the rarest of fighters, a crossover star. Davis, now 24-0 with 23 KOs, has the look, both in and out of the ring, and he's been tantalizing onlookers (cynical and gullible) since he maimed Jose Pedraza at the Barclays Center in 2017. And during his competition has regressed markedly in recent years - Santa Cruz was at his best at 122 pounds, Yuriorkis Gamboa was a scruffy relic from another era, and an assortment of no-hopers crashed in two or three rounds required, just like the script instructed — Davis made sure to shut the show down violently.

Indeed, it's worth comparing what Davis did in Gamboa and what Golden Boy hotshot Devin Haney recently failed to do. Prior to his Shambolic Kayo loss to Davis last December, Gamboa had been taken away from his cyclonic featherweight days and he entered the ring against Haney pushing forty. But Haney just went through the moves en route to an uneventful unanimous decision, and for the first time in his career, Gamboa lost a fight on points.

It's a clear distinction: one fighter, Davis, is keenly aware that performance itself is a component of victory; the other, Haney, is content with just a "W" on her ledger. Naturally, the Gervonta Davises of the boxing world are starting the most fuss.

Against Santa Cruz, Davis, fighting out of Baltimore, took more than his share of punches, but that responsibility felt artificial or premeditated. What makes Davis unique is his ability to shift gears and work from the perimeter when needed, but aware that he was fighting a former bantamweight who had only scored one save in his last six outings, he simply ignored the finish and, sometimes, stormed after Santa Cruz with impunity.

For five rounds, Santa Cruz connected with an assortment of handcuffs, but, at 130 pounds, he was little more than an arm punch. When the bell rang for the sixth, Santa Cruz decided to rumble with a fighter whose nickname is "Tank". He scored well until that deadly uppercut left him flat in his own corner, forcing referee Rafael Ramos to call the medics to the ring. It was the kind of knockout that can capture the imagination of more than just a boxing fan. The question, of course, is whether Davis, a relentless southpaw with an emphatic philosophy of bad intentions, can manage to transcend the limited appeal of punches.

Although hurrahs, allelujahs, and huzzahs are prevalent in boxing, actual mainstream attractions have been rare. In this niche era of boxing in North America, there have only been a handful of bona fide stars in the past decade: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Miguel Cotto. For a while, Gennadiy Golovkin was a ticket seller from coast to coast, although his pay-per-view numbers were appalling without Canelo Alvarez in the opposite corner. In addition, there have been regional stars and a few unique attractions, such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., whose awkward challenge from Sergio Martinez almost ten years ago topped almost every pay-as-you-go during the last half decade. Recent regional draws include Jose Carlos Ramirez, Terence Crawford and Deontay Wilder. (In fact, Maryland had a box office magnet ten years ago, dynamic but fragile middleweight Fernando Guerrero.) But stars? Real stars are hard to find.

Before the HTML era, boxers became stars for a variety of reasons: style, charisma, look, ethnic ties, and quality of opposition. The latter is where contemporary boxing struggles to produce escape skills. Due to the various platform wars of the past few years, fighters are involved in fewer important fights than ever before, which to some extent reinforces the anonymity.

Years ago, Manny Pacquiao upped his profile not only because of his fast-paced ring style, but also because he regularly faced established pros. His violent rise to the unlikely mainstream star in the early 2000s began with a series of pitched battles against Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez. It is unlikely that Pacquiao would have reached such heights if he had contented himself with continuing to repel strangers in the Philippines. Today, fighters often spend years developing undifferentiated records. Think of the Charlos, now pay-per-view headliners and perennial stars in the making according to countless PBC payroll spin masters (or just doing pro bono work on their behalf), who are professionals since the Aughts and have been the subject of enough hype over the past five years to make a dozen hot air balloons move. None of this helped them get out of the boxing locker.

Then there is the strange case of Terence Crawford. For decades, Bob Arum developed and maneuvered fighters into hit events that were lucrative for everyone involved. Now, in the late eighties, Arum finds himself handing out over $ 10 million in scholarships for Crawford pay-per-views that only produce heartburn. This is, alas, a self-inflicted injury: by insisting, along with HBO and ESPN, that Crawford was some kind of modern Sugar Ray and heir to the P-4-P fetish crown, he capsized by inadvertently his long-standing profit. plan. As a result, Crawford saw his salary skyrocket as his opposition (now siled due to an exclusive deal) stagnated. The fact that Crawford is considered an elite without having faced a host of quality welterweights (including Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter) shows just how biased boxing has become. Crawford will then take on the remnants of Kell Brook, guaranteed to enter the ring against "Bud" with a skeletal look inspired by Christian Bale in The machinist.

Unfortunately, boxing in the 21st century dictates that the mere possibility of becoming famous means keeping a fighter away from clashes that could in fact produce a crossover audience. Back-to-back kayos in 2017 marked Davis as a potential star on the rise. First, he exhausted the talented Jose Pedraza to win the IBF junior lightweight title; then he hit the road to manhandle Liam Walsh in London. Since then, however, Davis has seen his ambitions diminish. Chances are, Davis will continue down the already all-too-familiar path of most modern fighters, a path so worn out over the past decade that it's now deep enough to serve as a firebreak: an unimportant match. after another and one unremarkable. career that suggests the content provider model of so many other current professionals.

Whether or not Davis crushes the mainstream, the fact remains that he possesses almost all of the characteristics necessary for popular sport to be recognized. Davis has a compelling history, a promotional relationship with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (somewhat stormy, although kayfabe can never be ruled out), a boorish social media presence and, most importantly, he answers the bell for every determined fight to. to cause pain. . There is also some comic book villainy in Davis that promises negative future appeal. He stepped into the ring against Santa Cruz wearing a sombrero and color-coordinated outfit based on the Mexican national flag, all to poke fun at the partisan Texas crowd. (A few years ago novelist Lionel Shriver caused a ruckus by donning a sombrero at a conference and thus raising the laughable specter of cultural appropriation, but boxing does not work under such moral ordinances.)

To achieve something close to superstar status, Davis will have to do more than do a series of ho-hum title defenses against midrange and also-rans fighters. If Davis decides to return to lightweight, where he made a pit stop last year to attack faded Gamboa, he will find plenty of theoretical clashes ahead of him: Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney and Vasily Lomachenko. Given the promotional deadlock between the various platforms and networks perpetually in play, these fights are likely to remain specials of the rotisserie. In that case, Davis will have to keep it simple in the ring. All he has to do, really, is make the spectators jump to their feet, in unison, captivated, shouting from the rafters.


A quick list of 16 basic boxing tips your se reproduire should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !

Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with acceptable form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.

Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.

Drink lots of water. One cup every hour peu ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another boxer beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.

Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw bermuda hooks, bermuda uppercuts, and short rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the hard punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy running around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially hard for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !

When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the frapper to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.

The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ boxer then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).

The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. tera assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :

Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed vous défouler sur should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a quarante cinq degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about 7. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.

The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the vous défouler sur to defend or attack from a balanced place. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using short sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.

The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving fitness, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving sport, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a bermuda side punch. Uppercut — a short swinging upward punch.

The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before impact and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.

The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the puncher open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on effet. Keep the left hand in a guarding position to avoid a counter.

A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before effet. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.

HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the boxer to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of effet, the palm faces down.

UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. tera make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the vous défouler sur off balance.

a retenir to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed frapper will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the vous défouler sur must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the vous défouler sur to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed boxer.

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