Gervonta Davis beats Isaac Cruz despite hand injury

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 05: Gervonta Davis (L) punches Isaac Cruz during their WBA World Lightweight Championship title bout at Staples Center on December 05, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Gervonta Davis got a battle on Sunday. (Picture by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Gervonta Davis may have beat Isaac Cruz, however there was at least one upset in the ring Sunday night. It was the judges filling their entire scorecard.

Davis, the unbeaten knockout artist who might quickly be boxing’s next huge thing, beat the opposition Cruz by consentaneous choice — 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 — at Staples Center, his very first battle to go the range considering that October 2014. And even that battle was just 6 rounds.

Cruz, who took his very first expert loss, didn’t even understand he would get the chance to provide Davis the hardest battle of his profession up until about a month out, when Davis’ scheduled challenger Rolando Romero was pulled after being implicated of sexual attack.

It didn’t take long for Cruz to reveal he was more than simply a replacement fighter, as he went aggressive in the preliminary and appeared to take the point. Thinking about almost a 3rd of Davis’ battles have not left the preliminary, that in itself was a triumph.

Gervonta Davis states left hand was most likely hurt in sixth round

Davis appeared to take control over the taking place rounds, however at some time, he hurt his left hand and discovered himself boxing a genuine challenger with half his toolbox. 

“I hurt my left hand in probably like the sixth round, but I got through it,” Davis stated after the battle. “It’s shaking but it is what it, that’s part of the sport.”

When asked if the hand was broken, Davis stated he wasn’t sure.

Cruz placed on a strong proving in the later rounds, however insufficient to alter the result. Davis may have been restricted offensively, however he draws contrasts to Floyd Mayweather Jr. for factors beyond their mentorship, and he landed sufficient rights to prevent the upset. Showtime’s boxing statistics had the set generally even on power punches, 113-112, though Davis landed more tidy hits at a more precise clip.

Still, it wasn’t the surface lots of were anticipating. Davis had actually been -1200 preferred entering into the battle with BetMGM, however him winning by choice was a +500 result.

Gervonta Davis keeps combating on Twitter

With the win, it appears well previous time for Davis, presently the WBA (Routine) light-weight champ, to deal with some leading competitors for his next battle. Inquired about the possibility of dealing with fighters such as light-weight titleholders George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney, he called them “easy work.”

That drew some attention from another leading light-weight, Ryan Garcia, who had plenty to state about Davis’ resume or do not have thereof:

Garcia’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya quickly participated the garbage talk, drawing an action from Davis:

And Davis’ response about a prospective rematch with Cruz?

“Hell no.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.