Gervonta Davis can stop Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz in 3 or 4 rounds says Robert Garcia
By Dan Ambrose: WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis stops his replacement opponent Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz in 3 or 4 rounds this Sunday, December 5th, in their fight on Showtime pay-per-view, says trainer Robert Garcia. The fight card is at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
According to Garcia, it’s up to Tank (25-0, 24 KOs) how long he wants this fight to last because he’s got the ability to finish the overmatched #7 WBA ‘Pitbull’ Cruiz (22-1-1, 15 KOs) anytime he wants to.
Interestingly, Robert feels that the 23-year-old Isaac Cruz is a more formidable opponent than Gervonta’s originally scheduled Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero (14-0, 12 KOs), but he’s still over his head.
5’4″ Pitbull Cruz has talent, but he’s a little undersized for the lightweight division, and he’s going up against arguably the best fighter in the division in Tank Davis.
Tank stops Pitbull Cruz
“I think Cruz will be tougher than Rolly, but I think Tank knocks him out,” said Robert Garcia to Fighthype. “Cruz is really tough and has had some really good wins, but I don’t think he’s at that level there.
“If Tank wants to go late in the rounds, he can do that,” said Robert when asked how long Pitbull Cruz will last with Gervonta. “If he wants to finish it early, he can finish it in three or four rounds.
“Rolly is good for boxing because he likes to talk and he’s a character. His faces that he makes. You can’t not like him, you know?
“I had a fighter against him [Jackson Marinez], and I thought we clearly got robbed, but you still can’t wish him [Rolly] bad,” Garcia said of Rolly winning a controversial decision over Marinez.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Gervonta chooses to carry Pitbull Cruz into the second half of the fight like he did against Yuriorkis Gamboa in his only fight at 135 in December 2019.
Given the boxing public is paying $70+ for the Tank vs. Cruz card on Showtime PPV, it would be in Gervonta’s best interest to carry Pitbull for as long as possible to give the fans some value for their money.
Rolly landed the much harder shots than Jackson Marinez, so you can understand why the judges gave him the win.
Yeah, Marinez was landing some nice shots, but his power was nowhere near as good as Rolly’s.
Robert wanted to see Rolly face Tank
“I like the kid. My son was the one that told me that now that they canceled his [Rolly] fight, he said, ‘Look, this fight [against Tank Davis] was going to give me the opportunity to buy my mother a house,’ and stuff like that,” said Garcia about Rolly planning on using the money he would have made fighting Tank to buy a house for his mother.
“Isn’t he supposed to be innocent until proven guilty? I don’t understand why they canceled his fight, but whatever it is, he’s not fighting.
“He earned that spot [to fight Gervonta], but skills-wise, I don’t think he’s that great.
“He’s got power and is awkward, but if Marinez was able to do what he did, I think Tank is ten times better than Marinez. I think so,” Garcia said when asked if he believes Tank would have stopped Rolly.
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It hurts Gervonta, Mayweather Promotions, and PBC that Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero won’t be the opponent for Tank this Sunday night on Showtime PPV.
Without Rolly, the promotion for Gervonta’s December 5th fight has been absent, which is strange because the card is being sold on pay-per-view.
It’s a little odd that there wasn’t more of a push from Tank, Mayweather Promotions and Showtime to build interest in the fight this Sunday.
Rather than easing off on the promotion, Mayweather Promotions should have doubled their efforts to promote the December 5th fight the casual boxing fans have never heard of Isaac Cruz.
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