Rolando Romero Out, Isaac Cruz In To Face Gervonta Davis On December 5
Isaac Cruz is stepping in against Gervonta Davis.
The change follows a sexual assault claim against Rolando Romero, Davis’ original opponent on December 5, which was supposed to headline a Showtime pay-per-view event at the Staples Center. Romero was removed from the fight.
Izabel Zambrano is a longtime acquaintance of Romero and is the one who made the sexual assault allegation against the boxer.
Zambrano, 24, gave a statement Friday night to the Henderson Police Department in Nevada, which is where Romero was born and currently resides. She said the alleged sexual assault happened some time in fall of 2019.
Romero, 26, has not been charged with the crime, but he is under investigation.
Zambrano wanted to speak up when she saw Romero “glorified” for his fight versus Davis.
Romero last fought in July where he won via TKO over Anthony Yigit for the WBA interim world lightweight title.
His 14-fight winning streak dates back to his debut win against David Courtney by TKO in 2016.
Devin Haney was also a thought to replace Romero, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said.
The promoter felt that Haney needs to win the American audience. Haney is on a roll since he turned pro, winning all 26 of his fights and now dons the WBC lightweight strap. A win over unbeaten Davis will help him stamp his authority in the division.
But Cruz won the spot.
Cruz (22-1-1, 13 KOs) was last in action in June, scoring a unanimous decision win over Francisco Vargas. The Mexican boxer was already in line for a shot at Teofimo Lopez, so some fans think his replacement is a good matchup for Davis (25-0, 24 KOs).