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Mayweather vs. McGregor PPV undercard results: Gervonta Davis controversially stops Francisco Fonseca

It wasn’t a good performance, and it was a controversial knockout win for junior lightweight Gervonta Davis in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor co-main event.

Gervonta Davis v Francisco Fonseca Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The co-main event of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor was supposed to be a 130-pound title defense for 22-year-old phenom Gervonta Davis, but he failed to make weight, so the IBF championship was only on the line for unheralded Costa Rican Francisco Fonseca, who was the largest underdog on the card.

Unsurprisingly, Davis took the early initiative and was throwing several brutal body shots. The southpaw used his body work to land some shots upstairs. Fonseca also threw solid punches to Davis’ midsection and was tagging the former champ off of the counter. The Costa Rican was finding success with combos. Davis, who admitted he was battling a cold during fight week, was struggling a bit defensively. A right hook, left-hand combination caught Fonseca, as Davis threw a series of hard shots. Fonseca blocked some of them, and showed a good chin when he did get hit.

“Tank” Davis unloaded vicious left hands while Fonseca was against the ropes in round 3. Fonseca wasn’t going away, and he cracked the favored Davis with a counter right hand. Davis taunted Fonseca and put his hands behind his back, then slammed home the left hand on his opponent. It was Roy Jones Jr-esque. Fonseca was able to score with quality punches as Davis continued to taunt. In fact, Fonseca finished the stronger of the two in the 4th.

Fonseca was busy with body punching on the inside in hopes of sapping Davis’ cardio. Davis answered back with his usual speedy, explosive flurries. Fonseca was throwing more and arguably landing the better blows. Davis was content to back himself into corners so that he could rush forward for a blitz of punches. Fonseca caught Davis off-balance with a big right hand in round 7, as Gervonta continued to look lackluster. A sharp uppercut scored for Davis late in the round.

Davis dropped Fonseca with a left hand in round 8, then shoved him down as Fonseca was holding onto him, and Fonseca was counted out. Replays showed that Fonseca was clearly hit on the back of the head, so this was a miss by referee Russell Mora.

Official result: Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) def. Francisco Fonseca (19-1-1, 13 KOs) by KO at :39 of round 8, but the IBF junior lightweight title remains vacant

This subpar outing combined with missing weight, taunting mid-fight knowing he missed weight, and the nature of the finish certainly didn’t win Davis any fans, especially as Mayweather’s protege in front of a pro-Conor McGregor crowd. Davis was winning on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage.