GERVONTA DAVIS will face his biggest test yet as a pro boxer when he fights Leo Santa Cruz at the weekend.
Davis has already held THREE world titles despite only having 23 fights with his mentor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather adamant he is the real deal.
The 25-year-old has stopped 22 of his 23 opponents, showing the devastating power he has now at lightweight.
But in the opposite corner at the Almadome in San Antonio on Saturday night will be a FOUR-WEIGHT world champion in Santa Cruz.
The 32-year-old Mexican has just one defeat in his 39 fights, with one draw.
The sole loss came against Northern Ireland hero Carl Frampton in 2016 – and even that was close on a majority decision.
Santa Cruz avenged that defeat by winning in the same way in the rematch six months later.
Davis has not fought since beating Yuriorkis Gamboa in December to win the WBA ‘Regular’ lightweight belt.
He moves back down to super-featherweight on his return to the ring against Santa Cruz.
It was initially set for October 24 behind closed doors, but moved a week to accommodate a limited 11,500 fans at San Antonio’s Alamodome stadium.
Speaking about his protege, boxing royalty Mayweather said: “Before I was a fighter/promoter. Now, it’s just all promoting.
“This young man right here, a natural born superstar. I would say I’m the god of this s***, I’m the don of this s***, I’m the LeBron of this s***.
“But the ultimate goal is to get him to surpass me.”