Isaac Cruz steps up for
a Sunday showdown with Gervonta Davis, writes John Dennen
ISAAC CRUZ was not anticipating the summons. Four weeks out, he acquired the decision to step right into a Showtime pay-per-view towards Gervonta Davis this Sunday (December 5) on the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Given Davis’ burgeoning star energy, it’s a large alternative for the younger Mexican. Cruz has labored his approach up the rankings. He savaged Diego Magdaleno final 12 months and in June outscored a veteran in Francisco Vargas. His run of victories has seen him rise to quantity 5 in Boxing News’ world rankings. That makes this a superb match, even when it wasn’t the one which was initially deliberate. Davis’ authentic opponent Roland Romero, who faces grave allegations of sexual assault, was pulled from the cardboard.
Cruz might not have had a full camp however he insists he can capitalise on his probability. “I’m ready to shock the world and become the next star in the pantheon of Mexican boxing champions,” he says. “I can assure that I’m hungry and motivated to win this struggle. I’m combating for greater than myself, I’m combating for my household and to make my nation proud. I do know that if I win this struggle, it should change my entire profession.
“‘Pitbull’ and ‘Tank’ are going to crash into each other and people will be on the edge of their seats.”
Cruz will march ahead and look to strain Davis on the within. But Cruz dangers leaving himself open when he punches and can’t match the Baltimore southpaw’s explosive one-punch energy. Davis’ conduct exterior the ring has been worrying; final 12 months he was arrested and charged after an altercation with an ex-partner. Most just lately he was indicted on varied counts after a site visitors collision. In phrases of his boxing performances, he has appeared just like the celebrity his backers count on him to be. The uppercut he landed to knock out Léo Santa Cruz in 2020 was spectacular. In June he moved up to 140lbs, breaking up Mario Barrios and stopping him in 11 rounds.
Expect to see his jab organising these energy punches, his hand velocity one other essential ingredient that units him other than Cruz. Davis ought to have the option to take one other stoppage win right here.
“Anything can happen in boxing, so I just try to stay on task. I’m always ready to step up to any challenge thrown my way and get the job done,” Davis stated. “This is a extra fascinating struggle now, as a result of we each come ahead. This goes to be one thing nice for the followers and one other thrilling night time for the game of boxing. We’re each coming with our ‘A’ video games.
“He can say I haven’t confronted somebody like him, however he’s by no means fought anyone like me both. I can field and I can hit. We’ll see what he’s saying when he will get hit within the face.
“You always have to adapt in boxing. No matter what comes your way. I’m going to adapt to Cruz. I’m figuring out every day how Cruz is thinking and what he’s going to bring to the fight,” he added. “Cruz has impressed me in his past fights. He comes in there to win. He doesn’t look to just hang in there. He’s not an opponent I can overlook. A win over him would be big for me.”
On the undercard there’s an intriguing super-welterweight match up. Sebastian Fundora at six foot 5 is astonishingly tall for the division and can field too. He takes on the unbeaten former European champion Sergio García. The Spaniard trounced Ted Cheeseman with an incredible show of excessive octane boxing over 12 rounds in 2019. But regardless of his velocity of foot and relentless mixture punching, García nonetheless doesn’t appear to be a world stage fighter. He’ll present a stern take a look at of Fundora’s credentials however the man from Coachella ought to overcome him to proceed his personal development.
Sergey Derevyanchenko had one struggle in 2020, a loss to Jermall Charlo. He had one struggle in 2019, a loss to Gennady Golovkin however the Ukrainian is a much better fighter than a 13-3 report may recommend. He doesn’t get an simple outing on this present, Carlos Adames has solely misplaced as soon as in his 21-fight profession, however he isn’t the identical calibre of fighter as Charlo, Golovkin or Danny Jacobs, the three males who’ve crushed Derevyanchenko beforehand. If age isn’t catching up with the 36-year-old Ukrainian, he ought to overpower Adames.
The Verdict Davis and Cruz are anticipated to deliver an explosive bout of action.