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Gervonta Davis vs. Ricardo Nunez fight results: ‘Tank’ overpowers opponent for destructive TKO win

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BALTIMORE — If Gervonta Davis really is the next big thing in boxing, Saturday’s homecoming did nothing to dissuade the theory.

Davis (22-0, 21 KOs), the WBA junior lightweight champion, made a spectacular return to his home city by finishing hard-hitting Ricardo Nunez via second-round TKO to set off a wild celebration inside Royal Farms Arena.

The victory marked the first time a native of the Charm City had returned to Baltimore to defend a world title since featherweight champion Harry Jeffra defeated Spider Armstrong in 1940. The explosive crowd’s response inside the 12,000-seat arena might have also convinced promoters to bring more fights to Baltimore.

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The southpaw Davis was patient early as the ultra-confident Nunez (21-3, 19 KOs) stalked forward and cut off the ring. But Davis made him pay once he was able to control the real estate between them and rocked Nunez with a sweeping left hand that snapped his head back.

With the ropes holding Nunez up, Davis continued to unload and landed another flush left hand that forced referee Harvey Dock to jump in at 1:33 of Round 2 without a count to prevent further punishment.

“[Nunez] got hit by a couple of big shots and I decided to stop it,” Dock said. “I thought he was defenseless at that point and he was.”

Nunez briefly protested the stoppage since he never hit the floor but it was clear the ropes had held him up after both big punches.

“You always have to be ready,” Davis said. “[Nunez] was not alert. He was holding and I took my shot. Protect yourself at all times. That’s the first rule you know.”

With boxing legend and Davis promoter Floyd Mayweather headlining a litany of boxing stars who were seated ringside, the 24-year-old “Tank” continued to make fans despite not yet proving able to secure a defining fight in his young career.

“This guy is a pay-per-view star,” Mayweather said. “He’s young, charismatic and has a great team.”

Although Davis has had a number of big-name featherweights call out his name of late, including titleholders Gary Russell Jr. and Leo Santa Cruz, he kept his focus after the bout on current IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer who has regularly exchanged words with him on social media.

“I have the WBA belt, I had the IBF belt. Tevin Farmer fought tonight and I want Tevin next,” Davis said. “It’s a fight that can be made so let’s get it on this year. I’m only 24, I’m young, I’m learning and we are progressing.”Tonight, we showed out. It was amazing to fight in front of my friends and family. It means a lot, not just a win for me but this was a win for Baltimore.”

CBS Sports was with you for every punch from the bout in Baltimore with our updating scorecard and live updates below. If you are having trouble viewing the results or want to refresh the scorecard, please click here.  

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Davis vs. Nunez card, results

Gervonta Davis (c) def. Ricardo Nunez via second-round TKO
Yuriorkis Gamboa def. Ramon Martinez via second-round TKO
Ladarius Miller def. Jezreel Corrales via split decision (96-93, 93-96, 95-94)

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LANDOVER, Md. — Sam Darnold more than made up for an ill-timed interception by throwing for 293 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and the Jets routed the rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Redskins, 34-17, on Sunday for their second consecutive victory.

Darnold was 19 of 30 passing and tossed touchdowns to Daniel Brown, Robby Anderson, Ryan Griffin and the former Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder. Despite getting picked off deep in his own territory by Jon Bostic, Darnold, the third overall pick in the 2018 N.F.L. draft, bounced back and now has 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season.

The Jets (3-7) sacked Haskins six times, including three by safety Jamal Adams, and linebacker Neville Hewitt intercepted him in his return to the lineup. Adams became the second defensive back in the past decade with three sacks in a game (matching Mike Hilton of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017). With six sacks, he set the Jets’ single-season franchise record for the most by a defensive back.

Adams, 24, has been on a roll. He led the Jets with nine tackles and two forced fumbles in a 34-27 win against the Giants last week.

Le’Veon Bell ran for a 1-yard touchdown, Griffin had a career-high 109 yards receiving and the Jets eclipsed 400 yards of offense for the first time in 20 games.

Washington (1-9) set a franchise record by going 16 consecutive quarters without a touchdown — the most by any team since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens — before Derrius Guice scored on a 45-yard screen pass early in the fourth quarter. Haskins was 19 of 35 passing for 214 yards and threw touchdown passes to Guice and tight end Jeremy Sprinkle in his first game since being named starter for the rest of the season.

That feels like a long time away for two teams on a pace for a top-five draft pick. The Jets look like they have made some semblance of progress under their first-year coach, Adam Gase, while the Redskins are 1-4 under the interim coach Bill Callahan, who took over the team after the it fired Jay Gruden on Oct. 7. Washington is off to its worst 10-game start since 1961, when it was 0-9-1.

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