Undercard: Luevano pounds out victory over Davis
Luevano looked impressive in pounding out a victory over tough Antonio Davis.
Originally Published: October 6, 2007By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
LAS VEGAS -- When Steven Luevano won his featherweight world title on July 14 in England, he did it with power, dropping Nicky Cook five times en route to an impressive 11th-round knockout.In his first defense on Saturday night, Luevano was more methodical as he dominated Antonio Davis with a hard, steady jab and strong body punching to win a unanimous decision at Mandalay Bay in the co-featured fight on the Manny Pacquiao-Marco Antonio Barrera II undercard. Luevano (34-1, 15 KOs), who just missed making the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, opened a cut over Davis' left eye as he landed several flush jabs in the eighth. By the 11th, Davis was just trying to survive when Luevano, a southpaw, dropped Davis with a left hand in his own corner right at the bell ending the round. Davis (24-4, 12 KOs) appeared almost out on his feet in the 12th, eating hard shot after hard shot, but he made it to the final bell. The scores came as no surprise: 119-108 (twice) and 118-109 for Luevano. ESPN.com had it 117-110 for Luevano, 26, of La Puente, Calif. "I controlled the fight with my jab," Luevano said. "The first four rounds were a little difficult because of his awkward style. But once I started going to the body he started to slow down and I began to catch him a lot better." For Davis, 35, of Atlanta, it was his second unsuccessful bid for a world title. He lost a lopsided decision to junior lightweight titlist Joan Guzman in December 2006. After the loss, Davis rebounded with a win and then moved down to featherweight and knocked out prospect Leon Bobo to set up the title shot against Luevano.