It was officially announced on Wednesday, that Gervonta “Tank” Davis would defend his WBA "regular" lightweight championship against once-beaten contender Isaac “Pitbull’’ Cruz.
The fight will take place on Sunday, December 5, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The bout will be carried by Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Cruz comes in to replace Rolando Romero, who was removed from the fight after a Las Vegas woman recently revealed the details of an alleged sexual assault, which is now being investigated by law enforcement.
The 23-year-old Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs), a native of Mexico City, shot up the lightweight rankings in 2020. In his last few fights he's beaten Diego Magdaleno, Matias Romero, and former champion Francisco Vargas in June.
Regardless of the opponent, Davis will be going for the knockout.
“I respect Isaac Cruz for stepping up and taking the fight, but everyone knows what I do,” said Davis.
“I come in looking for the knockout and that’s exactly what I’m going to do in this fight. I’m back in Los Angeles where the stars shine and I’m going to light it up against Isaac Cruz at Staples Center on December 5.’’
Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) was last seen in June, when he moved up to junior welterweight and stopped previously unbeaten Mario Barrios to capture a WBA "regular" title at 140-pounds.
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, is expecting forward when the two boxers step in the ring.
“This is going to be a tremendous fight on Showtime PPV,” said Ellerbe.
“Isaac Cruz was ready for this big opportunity and I expect him to come ready to deliver the fight of his life. However, Gervonta Davis is a generational talent who’s only getting better. This fight is going to end in spectacular fashion on December 5.”