Gervonta Davis remains undefeated against a game Issac Cruz
You can never measure the heart of a champion. In Sunday’s title fight Gervonta Davis proved that theory true by overcoming a tough challenge in Issac Cruz. With scores of 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 “Tank” remained undefeated and retained his WBA Lightweight strap via UD. Coming into the fight Cruz was a last minute addition. Many fans and experts thought Cruz style of fighting could lead to either a tough rugged fight or his over aggressiveness could cost him to get caught with a KO.
Davis was able to land some power shots as the taller man in the fight, but even as his heavy hooks and uppercuts landed. Cruz never seemed phased by the shots as he continued to walk down Davis and making the fight challenging. Davis suffered a hand injury midway through the fight.
"I hurt my left hand in probably the sixth round but I've got to throw it," Davis said after the fight. "I have to go get it checked out. It's shaking but it is what it is, that's what comes in the sport." Davis needed a fight like this. Davis seems to find ways to knock his opponent out this fight he had to take a more measured approach and rely on more of his technical skills. Cruz fought a bullying style going forward. Davis made the necessary adjustments to Cruz's style beginning around the third round, dialing in with the uppercuts and using movement to keep Cruz from getting inside.
In the grand scheme of things this fight was a success. Cruz gained a huge following after the fight at just 23 years old he was labeled a future star in this division. As for the champion Davis, he was asked about recently crowned champion George Kamboses Jr and Devin Haney, "Whatever the best opportunity is out there for me. I'm here for it, man," Davis said before being asked who in the lightweight division he'd most want to fight next. "All them guys are easy work. They're easy work, man. Easy work. I'm the top dog."