Santa Cruz: Davis makes weight or pays big fine

Four-weight world champion Leo Santa Cruz is not concerned that Gervonta Davis will fail to make the contracted 130lbs weight limit for their October 24 clash at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

The WBA has somehow sanctioned the bout for its Super 130lbs and Regular 135lbs belts with many believing the move is to accommodate Batimore’s talented Davis (23-0, 20 KOs) and his struggles with the scales.

Reigning WBA Super 130lbs champion Santa Cruz (37-1, 19 KOs) is not unduly worried about the situation.

“They have asked me about the weight, about 130. They have asked me what will happen if he does not hit 130 and I think he will hit 130 because he knows [the ramifications],” Mexican-American Santa Cruz told ESPN Deportes.

“He will focus on the fight and on coming down in weight and, of course, we have taken precautions. If he does not make 130, he will pay fines. I think they are going to take a good amount from his purse [if Davis fails weight] and he will try to do everything possible to make 130, so that they don’t take any money from him.

“We are just beginning our preparation, I have felt very good, I feel strong. I know that I have arrived [at camp] very strong and focused, we know that he is a tough opponent, we are going to win. The fight is tough, but not impossible, we are going to win.”

The bout will headline a Showtime Pay-Per-View event in the US.