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Gervonta Davis knocked out Yuriorkis Gamboa to claim WBA lightweight belt

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Gervonta Davis stayed unbeaten in his career with a 12th-round stoppage of Yuriorkis Gamboa to win the WBA secondary lightweight title Saturday night (TheScore).

Fighting past the ninth round for the first time, Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) showed why his nickname is Tank, releasing a barrage of punches in the final round before a left uppercut to the head ended the fight at the 1:44 mark when referee Jack Reiss called it.

Davis, becoming a two-division champion in his adopted hometown, dropped Gamboa three times. He landed a left hand to knock the veteran down in the final seconds of the eighth, bringing fans in the lower bowl at sold-out State Farm arena to their feet.

But Davis, 25, entering his prime and moving up to lightweight for the first time, couldn’t finish off the 38-year-old Gamboa until the end. Gamboa took a beating in the fifth from Davis’ left uppercuts but had plenty of punch resistance.

Atlanta rapper Lil Baby performed alongside Davis as he made his entrance for the main event. It didn’t take long for Davis to energize the fans, using a double-jab and a left hand to drop Gamboa at the 1:36 mark of the second.

Davis had a big lead on the cards at the time of the stoppage, with judges giving Gamboa only the seventh round.

Reiss called a brief timeout before the start of the third when Gamboa complained about an issue with his right shoe. His corner retied the shoe before the start of the fourth and taped it heavily before the start of the fifth.

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