‘Tank’ gets unanimous decision on opponent of the match – .

‘Tank’ gets unanimous decision on opponent of the match – .

When Isaac Cruz stepped in with just over a month’s notice to face Gervonta “Tank” Davis, many fans and members of the media felt that Davis would face a much more difficult test than his initially planned fight with. Rolando Romero. It’s hard to imagine this was incorrect after Cruz was able to give Davis almost everything he could handle for 12 laps at Staples Center in Los Angeles before Davis was able to secure a unanimous decision victory. .

Davis managed to land several of his powerful punches in a rare role as the tallest man in combat, but even when his heavy hooks and uppercuts landed, Cruz never looked hurt. This may be due to the fact that Davis suffered a hand injury halfway through the fight.

“I injured my left hand probably in the sixth round, but I have to throw it,” Davis said after the fight. “I have to go get it checked out.” It shakes but that’s how it is, that’s what comes in sport. “

From the opening bell, Cruz fought as he almost always does: clear his way forward to reduce the distance and prevent his opponent from getting comfortable. Davis, a traditionally slow starter, made the necessary adjustments to Cruz’s style from the third round, dealing with uppercuts and using movement to keep Cruz from getting inside.

As the rounds went on, whether it was the product of Cruz’s chin, Davis’ hand, or both, it was clear that Cruz was not going anywhere and he started turning the corner. The momentum of combat in its own way, coming closer and closer to the scorecards as the two continued to deliver sharp, powerful strikes.

Davis was able to do a little better in just enough rounds to secure the victory, including in what turned out to be the most important round of the fight, winning Round 12, at a place that likely saved him. of a draw as the official scoreboards show 116-112, 115-113, 115-113.

Getting ahead of the win keeps Davis in a solid position in the lightweight division. After George Kambosos Jr. managed to upset Teofimo Lopez on November 27 to win three of four recognized world lightweight championships and Devin Haney defended his WBC championship with a victory over Joseph Diaz Jr. on Saturday, there is potentially big fights on the table.

After rejecting the idea of ​​a rematch with Cruz with a simple “no”, Davis was asked if he would stay at lightweight or come back to super lightweight for his next fight.

“Whatever the best opportunity that presents itself to me. That’s what I’m here for, man, ”Davis said before being asked who in the lightweight division he would most like to fight next. “All of these guys are easy jobs. They are easy work, man. Easy work. I am the best dog. “

Cruz was only the second man to bring Davis to the scoreboards in Davis’ professional career. The decision win ended a 16-game save streak for Davis.

For his part, Cruz made claim revenge, claiming to have deserved the victory. Although a rematch seems unlikely, Davis made it clear that Cruz’s courageous efforts made an impression.

“He’s a real warrior,” Davis said. “Even if he didn’t take the victory, a star was born tonight. ”

CBS Sports was with you throughout the journey on Sunday, so be sure to follow the live scores and highlights below.

Davis vs. Cruz fight card, odds

  • Beat Gervonta Davis. Isaac Cruz by unanimous decision (116-112 115-113, 115-113)
  • Sebastian Fundora a battu. Sergio Garcia by unanimous decision (115-113, 117-111, 118-110)
  • Carlos Adames beat. Sergiy Derevyanchenko by majority decision (95-95, 97-93, 96-94)
  • Eduardo Ramirez beats. Miguel Marriaga via unanimous decision (99-90, 99-90, 99-90)

Davis vs Cruz scoreboard, live coverage

Davis (c) 9 dix dix 9 dix dix dix dix dix 9 9 dix 116
Cruz dix 9 9 dix 9 9 9 9 9 dix dix 9 112


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