Gervonta Davis defends his WBA lightweight world title on Sunday, Dec. 5 against Isaac Cruz at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This will be Davis’ third WBA lightweight title defense since he won the vacant title in December 2019.
This will be the first time since June 3, 2016, that Davis will not be fighting on a Saturday night. His last non-Saturday bout was on June 3, 2016, against Mario Antonio Macias. This will be his first time fighting on a Sunday in his career.
This past June, Davis won the WBA super lightweight world title via an 11th-round TKO against Mario Barrios. Davis jumped up 10 pounds in weight and dethroned one of the best 140-pound champions in boxing. Davis proved that his power was too much for Barrios to handle, despite Barrios having a significant height, weight, and reach advantage over Davis.
In this fight against Cruz, Davis will be fighting at 135 pounds as a championship weight for the second time in his career. Although Davis does not have as much experience as a lightweight as other lightweight champions do, his explosive knockout power makes him the scariest lightweight in the division.
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“Tank” Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) has stopped his last 16 opponents in electric fashion. He has been able to carry his punching power up with him in weight, which is a scary sight for his opponents. If he was able to finish a previously unbeaten junior welterweight champion, then he will be able to stop almost all of the lightweight division.
For the Dec. 5 main event, Davis was originally scheduled to fight Rolando Romero, but Romero was forced off the card due to a sexual assault allegation. Cruz was selected as the replacement opponent in early November and had just over one month to prepare for the biggest fight of his career against Davis.
Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs) will compete in his first world title fight and his third 12-round bout. In his last time out, Cruz defeated Francisco Vargas via unanimous decision in June. Cruz, who is from Mexico City, Mexico, has fought his last five bouts in the United States. He made his U.S. debut in December 2019 against Miguel Aispuro at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He has been active in 2021 and Sunday’s bout will be his third of the year. If he is able to pull off the upset, it will go down as one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history.
The Davis-Cruz bout will headline a Showtime pay-per-view card on Dec. 5. It will be a risky move for Showtime to go up against the NFL, but they have experience airing successful pay-per-view cards on Sunday nights. The pay-per-view card will go live at 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday evening.