Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis is back in action on December 5th to face Isaac Cruz in a lightweight showdown where Davis aims to collect his 24th knockout in 25 fights.
Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) last appeared in June when he stopped Mario Barrios in a 140-pound contest last June. He was originally set to face Rolando Romero but sexual assault allegations against his opponent forced him out of the fight. In his place steps in Isaac Cruz.
Undefeated knockout artist Gervonta “Tank” Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) will look to keep his perfect record intact Sunday night when he defends his WBA regular lightweight title against Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
When is Gervonta Davis vs. Isaac Cruz?
Date: Sunday, December 5
Main card: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Main event (approx): 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT
For a few years, it seemed like Davis might not live up to his immense potential. He was often in legal trouble earlier in his career, and in 2017 he was stripped of the IBF super featherweight title after failing to make weight for his bout against Francisco Fonseca (Davis went on to win by knockout).
Since then, Davis has worked hard to avoid slip-ups inside the ring. The results have been impressive, especially as of late.
In 2019, he knocked down veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa three times in a lopsided TKO victory. He followed that up with one of the better knockouts of his career against the excellent Leo Santa Cruz, stopping the Mexican star in the sixth round with a hellacious uppercut.
His most recent fight, against Mario Barrios, was his first at 140 pounds, and it showed Davis has the potential to wreak havoc in whichever division he chooses. For long stretches, Barrios looked like he might have the upper hand, but the Baltimore native maintained his composure and battled through the adversity, dropping his previously unbeaten veteran in the eighth and 11th rounds en route to a TKO win.
Davis might not be topping the pound-for-pound lists just yet, but his star power is undeniable. He’s happy to deliver fans what they want to see.
“I fight for whatever makes the most sense,” Davis said, per Sporting News’s Andreas Hale. “I just want to be the fighter people want to pay to see fight.”
s emerged as one of boxing’s more consistent draws over the past few years. He’s a power puncher who thrives on close-range action. His crowd-pleasing style often leads to spectacular knockouts, and he’s proved he can get the job done across multiple weight classes.
Cruz, meanwhile, is fighting on a few weeks’ notice after Davis’ original opponent, Rolando Romero, was removed from the Showtime card following accusations of sexual assault by multiple women, as CBS Sports’ Brent Brookhouse reported. Cruz is a tough fighter out of Mexico City who is unbeaten in his past 18 fights. Davis can’t overlook him as he continues his ascent toward the top of the sport.
Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs) is unbeaten over the past five years with victories over the likes of Francisco Vargas and Diego Magdaleno. He’s known for bringing the fight to his opponents but will he be able to withstand the massive power of the fighter affectionately known as “Tank?”
Here’s everything you need to know about Davis vs. Cruz.
The main card is set to get underway at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT with the main event scheduled for around 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT. These timings are subject to change due to the length of the undercard fights.
How to watch Davis vs. Cruz fight
U.S.: Showtime PPV ($74.99)
The fight will be broadcast on Showtime PPV for $74.99 in the US, and international rights have been picked up by streaming service Fite, which is where fans in the UK can order the show.
Where is the Davis vs. Cruz fight?
The fight takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis record and bio
Nationality: United States of America
Date of Birth: November 7, 1994
Height: 5′ 5.5″
Total Fights: 25
Record: 25-0 (24 KOs)
Isaac Cruz Record and Bio
Born: May 23, 1998
Height: 5′ 4″
Total Fights: 24
Record: 22-1-1 (15 KOs)
Davis vs. Cruz fight card
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis vs. Isaac Cruz; Lightweight
Sebastian Fundora vs. Sergio Garcia; Super welterweight
Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Carlos Adames; Middleweight
Eduardo Ramirez vs. Miguel Marriaga; Featherweight