Boxing: Benavidez sails towards victory and the WBC light heavyweight title against Gvozdyk

After a moment of doubt in the first rounds, the American Gervonta Davis signed a 30th victory in as many outings, Saturday evening in Las Vegas, by defeating his compatriot Frank Martin by KO. in the 8th round.

Martin (18-1-0, 12 KOs) took the initiative during the first four engagements, but true to form, Davis (30-0-0, 28 KOs) only prepare his fiery counterattack in the middle of the confrontation.

Already shaken in the cables, Martin suffered a hard left from Davis which sent him to the floor, without the slightest chance of getting up.

“Tank”, who remains WBA champion of the lightweight division, did his traditional reverse pirouette as a celebration.

Never missing an opportunity to put on a show, David entered the arena to the theme song of the film “ Ghostbusters “, given that Martin’s boxing nickname is “Ghost”.

In the semi-final, in another championship fight, David Benavidez offered a flawless performance to capture the vacant WBC light heavyweight title, while he largely had the upper hand over the Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

The support of his compatriot Oleksandr Usyk was not enough to inspire Gvozdyk (20-2-0, 16 KOs), who survived a regular barrage for 12 rounds, before seeing the judges award a unanimous verdict in favor of Benavidez (29-0-0, 24 KOs)

Cards of 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109 testified to the domination of the pugilist with an immaculate record.

Billam-Smith takes revenge on Riakporhe

Earlier Saturday in London, WBO light heavyweight champion Chris Billam-Smith (20-1, 13 KOs) retained his world title with a unanimous decision victory over Richard Riakporhe.

Billam-Smith won after a 12-round fight.

Billam-Smith was sharp and largely neutralized the big punches of Riakporhe, who was deducted a point in the twelfth round.

As a result, Billam-Smith took his revenge on Riakporhe, who inflicted his only career defeat on him in July 2019 by split decision.

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