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Watch emotional moment Gervonta Davis hugs mentor Floyd Mayweather as he breaks down brutal uppercut KO over Santa Cruz

GERVONTA DAVIS hugged Floyd Mayweather ringside after knocking out Leo Santa Cruz in an emotional moment between the pair.

Davis closed the show in emphatic style in front of the boxing legend, as a left uppercut in round six left Santa Cruz out for the count.

Gervonta Davis knocked out Leo Santa Cruz with a stunning uppercut

Afterwards, he rushed to his promoter as Mayweather gripped the 25-year-old and appeared to whisper words of wisdom.

Davis even paid homage to his mentor as he replicated the famous Mexican ring attire that Mayweather wore against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

And the Baltimore banger – known as ‘Tank’ – did not disappoint in his first US pay-per-view headliner, stealing the show with the devastating left hand.

Four-weight champion Santa Cruz, 32, later tweeted to congratulate Davis and revealed he recovered well.

Tank won the WBA super-featherweight title as well as retaining his ‘Regular’ lightweight belt.

With Teofimo Lopez, 23, Ryan Garcia, 22, Devin Haney, 21, and Vasiliy Lomachenko, 32, surrounding Davis, the American has plenty of box office rivals.

But Mayweather, 43, insisted his protege is top of the pile.

Floyd Mayweather pictured with his protege Davis

Davis walked away with WBA super-featherweight and lightweight belts

He said: “We really want to enjoy this victory. Soon, a fight is over, the first ten seconds ‘Who do you wanna fight? Who do you wanna fight?’

“Tank is the top dog. Tank is on pay-per-view for a reason. Tank is where he is at for a reason.

“So we don’t wanna come up here and call different names, we wanna fight him, we wanna fight him, we don’t want to do that.

“What we wanna do is let him go home, enjoy himself, his daughter, his family, his team, and then we will talk about that, 20-30 days from now, but he should be able to enjoy his victory.”