Gervonta Davis Rules Out Rematch Vs. Isaac Cruz
Gervonta Davis and Isaac Cruz won’t be meeting in the ring again.
Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) made that clear after winning a narrow 12-round unanimous decision over Cruz (22-2-1, 15 KOs) to defend his WBA lightweight belt Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The judges scored the fight 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112. This is Davis’ first fight since 2014 to go all 12 rounds.
Some fans argued that the 23-year-old Cruz had done enough to secure an upset victory, but the judges saw it differently.
But the loss did not distraught Cruz. He was smiling as Davis was announced as the winner.
“I’m very happy with the way I fought against a top-notch opponent,” Cruz said. “I want to thank the fans at the Staples Center and those that tuned in on pay-per-view.”
Many fans applauded Cruz for standing his ground against “Tank,” who is known for his punching power. But Cruz was able to display his own skills as Davis seemingly made the lightweight champion uncomfortable throughout the fight.
Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather, Davis’ promoter and mentor, claimed that the media’s dislike of him has trickled down a negative impact on Davis.
The retired boxer questioned why Davis is absent on most pound-for-pound lists.
“I want the best for him. But it’s so crazy how y’all media always sh-t on him, talk bad about him,” Mayweather said.
“And it’s so bad that they do this just because of me, because of me. And that’s, and I honestly feel like that’s f—— up, just that they do this to this kid. He go out there, he fight, he win, he do it in impressive fashion.”
Davis is not ranked among the top 10 boxers, pound-for-pound, by Boxing Scene, ESPN or The Ring magazine.