Five-time undefeated world champion and boxing’s hottest attraction, Gervonta “Tank” Davis will defend his WBA lightweight championship against hard-hitting Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz on Sunday, December 5 live on SHOWTIME PPV from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in a Premier Boxing Champions Event.
Cruz, ranked No. 2 in the IBF, replaces Rolando Romero.
Tickets for the live events, which are promoted by Mayweather Promotions, GTD Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.
Davis’ third straight pay-per-view attraction will see him battle the hard-line Cruz, who has deservedly earned the nickname “Pitbull” during his professional career.
“It’s going to be a great fight on SHOWTIME PPV,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Isaac Cruz was ready for this ample opportunity, and I expect him to prepare for the fight of his life.
However, Gervonta Davis is a generational talent who only keeps getting better. This fight will end in spectacular fashion on December 5th.
“Kudos to Isaac Cruz for stepping in as a substitute opponent in a high pressure pay-per-view fight against one of boxing’s brightest stars in Gervonta Davis,” said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions . “Cruz presents a different challenge, and some would say a more difficult challenge to Tank Davis.
Cruz will not back down and he will bring the fight to Davis from the opening bell. We’ve all seen Gervonta’s blend of superb boxing skills and explosive power, and we know what he’s capable of.
It will be the irresistible force against the stationary object, which means fireworks at the STAPLES Center and on SHOWTIME PPV on Sunday, December 5. ”
Mayweather Promotions star Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) added another momentous performance in June, as he stopped previously undefeated Mario Barrios to win a 140-pound title and become a champion of the world into three divisions.
The Baltimore native won his lightweight championship with a 12th round knockout of former champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in December 2019.
“I respect Isaac Cruz for stepping up and taking the fight, but everyone knows what I’m doing,” Davis said. “I’m coming 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 are shining, and I’m going to light it up against Isaac Cruz at the STAPLES Center on December 5th. ”
Cruz, 23 (22-1-1, 15 KOs), will look to push Davis and make him work overtime if he wants to win. A native of Mexico City, Cruz soared up the lightweight rankings in 2020, announcing his presence with an electrifying first-round knockout against veteran Diego Magdaleno in September.
Cruz continued into 2021 by winning a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Matías Romero in March and more recently defeating former champion Francisco Vargas by decision in June.
Since making his US debut in December 2019, the 23-year-old has gone undefeated in his subsequent four-ring appearances, appearing three times on SHOWTIME in addition to beating Magdaleno on Gervonta Davis against Leo Santa Cruz’s SHOWTIME PPV undercard.
“First of all, I want to thank Gervonta Davis and her team for this opportunity – an opportunity that I will not let go of before me,” said Cruz.
“God willing, I will be world champion on December 5th. This fight is a huge motivation for me as a professional and as a personal goal. I’m sure after December 5th everyone in boxing will know the name of Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz. ”