Along with Davis-Cruz, the show will feature Sebastian Fundora vs Sergio Garcia in a 154 lb title eliminator; Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs Carlos Adames in what could be a hell of a middleweight bout; and a solid 10-round junior lightweight matchup between veterans Eduardo Ramirez and Miguel Marriaga.
You can order the PPV through Showtime’s site, normal cable, probably some other options if you look hard enough, and the cost is $74.99, the standard Tank Davis PPV price now.
Join us tonight for some Sunday night fights!
Main Card (SHO PPV, 8:00 pm ET)
Gervonta Davis (25-0, 24 KO) vs Isaac Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds (Odds: Davis -1200, Cruz +700)
Sebastian Fundora (17-0-1, 12 KO) vs Sergio Garcia (33-0, 14 KO), junior middleweights, 12 rounds (Odds: Fundora -270, Garcia +215)
Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KO) vs Carlos Adames (20-1, 16 KO), middleweights, 10 rounds (Odds: Derevyanchenko -475, Adames +340)
Eduardo Ramirez (25-2-3, 12 KO) vs Miguel Marriaga (30-4, 26 KO), junior lightweights, 10 rounds (Odds: Ramirez -600, Marriaga +425)
With the lightweight division in an uproar after Geroge Kambosos Jr.’s upset of Teofimo Lopez to capture three world championships, Gervonta “Tank” Davis is looking to climb closer to a world title opportunity at 135 pounds. That journey continues Sunday night on Showtime pay-per-view when Davis takes on Isaac Cruz.
Cruz stepped into the fight one month out when Davis’ original opponent, Rolando Romero, was forced to withdraw from the fight after a flurry of sexual assault allegations. What fans received in the wake of Romero’s withdrawal is a far better fight on paper, with Cruz’s relentless pressure meeting Davis’ shocking power in a fight guaranteed to produce fireworks.
The card takes place from Staples Center in Los Angeles and features four fights on the pay-per-view broadcast, each of which has the potential to bring thrilling action to the ring.
It’s incredibly rare in boxing to see a replacement opponent added to the main event of a pay-per-view card actually make the matchup a more compelling and (potentially) competitive one.
That’s the biggest storyline entering multi-division champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis’ return on Sunday when rising star defends his WBA secondary lightweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Isaac Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs) stepped into the fight one month out when Davis’ original opponent, Rolando Romero, was forced to withdraw from the fight after a flurry of sexual assault allegations. What fans received in the wake of Romero’s withdrawal is a far better fight on paper, with Cruz’s relentless pressure meeting Davis’ shocking power in a fight guaranteed to produce fireworks.
For as crude as Cruz’s crouching style might appear to the naked eye at times, the native of Mexico is very effective getting inside on his opponents and unloading a variety of short power shots from multiple angles.
“I’m very confident in any punch that I throw,” Cruz said at Thursday’s final press conference. “Like the Mexican saying goes, ‘whichever way it goes, it goes.’ But I’m very comfortable in my own skin and in my own style. I believe in what I can do on Sunday night.”
Cruz, who is unbeaten in his last 18 fights dating back to his lone defeat, an eight-round decision loss to journeyman Luis Miguel Montano in 2016, had no issue making a pair of guarantees as to what Sunday’s fight might look like.
“I guarantee a great fight, I guarantee excitement,” Cruz said. “It’s simple. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. [Davis] has never faced anybody that fights like me before. My hunger and my will to win is unparalleled. He’s going to feel it on Sunday night.”
Although Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) has been respectful of Cruz’s resume, he simply doesn’t believe that are on the same level as fighters. Davis has won titles at three different weight divisions over his last three fights, with all of them ending by knockout.
In 2020, Davis moved down from lightweight to take on his first world class opponent in multi-division champion Leo Santa Cruz, with their PPV main event at 130 pounds ending in violent fashion as Davis uncorked the knockout of the year with a sixth-round uppercut. Eight months later, Davis made his debut at 140 pounds and stopped previously unbeaten Mario Barrios in a June thriller.
“He can say whatever he wants right now, but it’s different when you get hit in the face,” Davis said. “He’s saying I haven’t faced someone like him but he’s never faced anyone like me either. He can say what he wants to build up the fight. The opponent change is just a part of boxing. I had to adapt to it just like I’ll adapt to what Cruz brings on fight night.”
The upgrade didn’t necessarily change the betting odds as Davis, who is finally just starting to get pound-for-pound recognition globally, is listed as high as a –1100 favorite. But there’s no question Cruz provides a much more dangerous challenge than the extremely raw Romero.