Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz Stops Romero To Win WBA Title

Isaac Cruz became the new WBA Junior Welterweight Champion, stopping Rolando Romero in the eighth round.

Pitbull dominated a one-sided fight, simply outworking his opponent to give Romero his second loss. Right from the off, Cruz was the busier fighter. The Mexican closed the distance, landing his overhand right and left hooks. The left hook shook Romero’s legs, as Rolly could have been stopped in the first round. But Romero survived, making it to the end of the round.

Cruz continued in the same fashion, working the body in the second round. Romero tried to use his reach and box from the outside, but Cruz was closing the gap, peppering Romero at will. Romero eased the pressure in the third, boxing at range, as the crowd booed Rolly’s reluctance to engage. Romero began clinching in the fifth, looking desperate to stop Cruz’s momentum. The referee warned Romero and docked him a point for doing the same later in the round.

As the fight went past the halfway point, both fighters slowed down. Romero then found some success with his right hand, but Cruz hit back with a left-right combination, as Romero staggered around the ropes. He made it to his corner at the end of the seventh, looking dazed.

The ringside doctor allowed Romero to begin the eighth. Rolly got momentarily respite as the bout was stopped to fasten the tape on Cruz’s gloves. Once the fight restarted, Cruz peppered Rolly with numerous left and right hands on the ropes. The referee stopped the fight, nearly a minute later, in the eighth. However, at the time of the stoppage, one judge controversially had Romero ahead.

Cruz has now set his sights on the big names, eyeing potential fights with Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia.

“I’m not about to dodge Ryan Garcia. I’m ready to fight him at 140 if he wants to. I’m ready,” Cruz said

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“I’m very happy and humbled to win this title for my family and for Mexico. I was prepared for this. I wasn’t here to just fight. I was here to terminate him… I did my talking right here in the ring. And I did this not just for me but for everybody that is here at T-Mobile Arena. There’s going to be a Mexican champ at 140 pounds for a long time. I feel great! Here were the fruits of four months of hard work reaping their rewards. This is priceless. It was just a matter of time, but damn if it doesn’t feel good to be a world champion. I fought with the intention to leave the decision out of the judges’ hands. Mission accomplished.

“I don’t have anything to say to Gervonta (Davis), really. He can whatever he wants, but we silenced the doubters tonight. If he isn’t scared, let’s go for the rematch. Ryan Garcia can say whatever he wants. I’ll make him eat all the trash he talks, just like I did with Rolly. This wasn’t just me. It was something I accomplished thanks to the support of my family,” Cruz

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Sebastian Fundora def. Tim Tszyu via a split decision (116-112, 115-113, 112-116)

Isaac Cruz def. Rolando Romero via a eighth-round TKO

Erislandy Lara def. Michael Zerafa via a second-round TKO

Julio Cesar Martinez def. Angelino Cordova via a majority decision (113-113, 114-112 x2)

Serhii Bohachuk def. Brian Mendoza via a unanimous decision (118-110, 117-111 x2)

Curmel Moton def. Anthony Cuba via a unanimous decision (80-72 x3)

Mirco Cuello def. Sulaiman Segawa via a unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, 78-74)

Kaipo Gallegos def. Eric Howard via a unanimous decision (60-53 x2, 59-54)

Justin Villoria def. Erick Benitez via a unanimous decision (40-36 x3)

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