In addition to winning over the fans, Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz showed that he has a jaw of steel, by becoming the only fighter who has been able to lead Gervonta davis up to a decision in a 12-round fight, and just the second to hear the final bell tower.
Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Pitbull cross demanded to Gervonta. However, the American was left with the win by unanimous decision after 12 rounds with cards of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112 in a close contest to defend his lightweight title in the United States. World Boxing Association (WBA).
In his undefeated 26-fight career, he Davis tank He has disputed the world title 10 times. And he had won by knockout in the previous nine fights, until he met the Pitbull.
Pitbull Cruz the first to endure 12 rounds to Gervonta
Isaac Cruz showed that he has a jaw of steel. He endured all the artillery sent by the American, mainly his violent uppers. Even, Davis he ended up with his left hand injured.
Already in lightweight and for the title AMB, the opponent who had come closest to reaching the decision after 12 rounds was Yuriorkis Gamboa, in December 2019. However, Gervonta he squeezed in round 12 to beat him by TKO.
In the 26 victories of Gervonta In his entire career, almost perfect with 24 knockouts, only two Mexicans had to listen to the scores to know the result of the fight: German Ivan Meraz, in October 2014, and the Pitbull.
When Gervonta davis took his first steps as a professional and despite sending twice to the canvas Meraz, the Mexican endured the entire fight until reaching the decision. He was the first rival of Davis who heard the final bell, albeit in a six-round fight, unlike the Pitbull cross which was 12 rounds.
Seven years later another Mexican appeared before Davis, the Pitbull, to get from you to you and take the 12 rounds to Gervonta, who was able to verify that the Mexican’s jaw is resistant, because it did not put him in bad condition and had to reach the decision to continue as WBA lightweight monarch.
Gervonta Davis in world title fights
The first time that Gervonta He fought 12 rounds and for a world title was on January 14, 2017, when he defeated by technical knockout Jose Pedraza, who only lasted seven rounds and who snatched the super featherweight title FIB. Later, he defended in London against Liam Walsh, which he beat by the same route in just three rounds.
His next victim was Francisco Fonseca, whom he controversially knocked out in eight turns, after a blow to the back of the neck, in a fight in which he lost the title on the scale.
He won the superfeather scepter of the AMB in view of Jesus Cuéllar, whom he sent to the canvas three times before beating him by TKO in three rounds. Then he defended him against the Mexican Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz, which only endured one episode for the fastest win of Gervonta in title fights. TO Ricardo Nunez He beat him by TKO on two turns.
TO Leo Santa Cruz He knocked him out with a brutal uppercut in the sixth episode already Mario Barrios he sent him to the canvas three times before he was imposed by technical knockout on 11 laps.
Thus, with a streak of nine knockouts in the same number of fights agreed to 12 rounds, no opponent had gone to the decision with Gervonta, until he met him Pitbull, who offered a worthy fight and who would have the possibility of a rematch.