Gervonta Davis defeated Isaac Cruz on Sunday night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)
By Chris Robinson
On Sunday night, Dec. 5, WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis was faced with a stiff test in the form of once-beaten contender Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz. Davis emerged victorious after 12 fast-paced rounds in front of a sold-out, star-studded crowd inside of the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Scorecards read 116-112 and two scores of 115-113, all for Davis. Cruz came out the gates and set a fast pace that Davis happily obliged. There were several moments of intense action, with much of the fight being a physical battle.
Cruz was happy to engage in such a spirited contest.
“That’s my style. ‘Pitbull’ is always going to be on the attack,” said Cruz. “I think we retained rhythm from the start to the end.”
Davis offered up his view of the action, and cited a mid-fight injury as an obstacle he faced.
“He’s a shorter fighter, so I was throwing down on the top of his head,” said Davis. “I hit him with my knuckle and messed it up. I hurt my hand in the sixth round. No matter if the opponent is taller or shorter, I’ve got to get through it. He’s a warrior. Even though he didn’t win, a star was born tonight.”
Cruz believes he deserved the victory, but took the loss with class.
“Viva Mexico. I have nothing to say, the fans are speaking on who won this fight,” Cruz said.
Following a successful title defense, Davis said he’s ready for all comers.
The lightweight division is on fire now, with George Kambosos Jr.’s upset over Teofimo Lopez to capture the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles taking place on Nov. 27, and WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney defeating former champion Joseph Diaz on Dec. 4 in an excellent fight.
There are a lot of options for Davis, and he appears open to them all.
“Whatever the best opportunity is for me,” said Davis. “I’ll do it. All of them guys are easy work. I’m the top dog.”
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com