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Three Northern California boxers featured on Davis vs Mares

Before Gervonta Davis puts his WBA super featherweight world title on the line against Abner Mares at the Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly known as the StubHub Center, on Saturday, February 9th, live on Showtime, three fighters from Northern California will be featured on the undercard.

Sacramento, CA’s featherweight Xavier Martinez (12-0 8KOs), who is currently signed by Mayweather Promotions, will face Deivi Bassa (20-7 12KOs) of Columbia in a ten-round bout.

Martinez is a decorated professional boxer who trains with future hall of fame boxing coach Ray Woods and has already beaten two undefeated fighters in his career beating Sacramento’s Rafael Busuioc as well as San Diego’s Prince Smalls. Martinez won the WBO featherweight title the same week he graduated high school when he beat Prince Smalls on a fight televised on FS1. Martinez’s last win was against Oscar Bravo, whom he stopped in the sixth round of a scheduled eight-round bout.

Featherweight Alberto Torres (11-1-3 4KOs) of Sacramento, CA and trains out of Caballero Nor-Cal Boxing will face Mayweather Promotions’ Angelo Leo (15-0 8KOs) in an eight-round bout. Torres knocked out local prospect Adam Fiel in January of 2017 has stayed extremely active over the course of the past two years fighting five times between Don Chargin promoted Northern California shows along with a few appearances on Thompson Boxing Promotions cards. Torres suffered his lone loss of his career in August of 2017 against Erick Ituarte, who is signed to Thompson Boxing since he has fought to a draw and beat a heavily touted fighter in Aleem Jumakhonov.

Angelo Leo is taking a step-up as his last fight was against a tough opponent in Erik Ruiz, but Torres marks a dramatic uptick in competition.

Lennard “Cheetah” Davis (4-1-4 3KOs) originally from Oakland, Ca, now training in Santa Rosa, Ca with Brian Russell, the father of cruiserweight prospect “Magic” Mike Russell, will face Maurice Lee (9-1-1 5KOs) who is signed to Mayweather Promotions in a six-round bout

Davis has a deceptive record and is a tough fight for all. He has been in tough early and often and his record isn’t all messed up. Davis’ last performance against Ruben Torres was one of his best to date coming back in the fight to score a knockout.

Lee is an exciting fighter who has faced limited opposition. Lee lost to Cameron Kreal in a tough veteran and fought to a draw against Ivan Pandzic, who had the best record of any opponent Lee had faced thus far. This is a big test for Lee.

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