Isaac Cruz labels Ryan Garcia as “Instagram” focused
By Jim Calfa: Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz is ready to fight for a world title in 2022, and he plans on using Instagram star Ryan Garcia as his first hurdle for the New year.
As far as Cruz’s concerned, he views the 23-year-old Ryan as more interested in posting videos on Instagram than in fighting, and he doesn’t see him as a “dangerous” fighter in the lightweight division.
Indeed, Ryan seems more interested in posting pictures of himself on Instagram than in fighting. Since last January, he hasn’t fought even though he had countless opportunities to face top fighters in the 135-lb division this year.
Pitbull Cruz wants to fight for the world titles in 20022
Cruz (22-2-1, 15 KOs) has eyes on battling for the world titles next year against IBF/WBA/WBC Franchise/WBO 135-lb champion George Kambosos Jr. and WBC champ Devin Haney.
Besides those two champions and Ryan Garcia, Pitbull Cruz would like to fight the recently beaten Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr. Obviously, that’s not a great fight for Cruz compared to the unbeaten Ryan, Kambosos, and Haney.
Those two champions are expected to square off in early 2022, which will make it convenient for Pitbull Cruz to fight for all four belts when the smoke clears from the Kambosos-Haney bout.
In the meantime, Cruz, 23, plans on beating Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) next April to put himself in a position to challenge the winner of the Kambosos vs. Haney fight.
Negotiations are still taking place between the management for Pitbull Cruz and Ryan’s promoters at Golden Boy, but it looks promising for the fight to get made for April.
Isaac Cruz says Ryan Garcia focused on Instagram
“Ryan Garcia, JoJo Diaz, whoever. But if it comes down to them, I’m ready to take them on. Even if it’s short notice, I’m ready for anybody,” said Isaac Cruz to DAZN News.
“Ryan hasn’t been a fighter that’s caused any big danger in the division; he’s more focused on making videos and having followers on Instagram. But if he wants to fight, let him come at me,” said Cruz.
Ryan believes that the 5’4″ Pitbull Cruz will be an easy fight, and he’s already calling him a “C-class” fighter.
If Ryan does destroy Cruz, as he’s done with the many lesser fighters he’s been matched against by Golden Boy, his sagging career would be resurrected overnight. Unfortunately, boxing fans view him as a skittish fighter who name drops top-level fighters but then doesn’t fight them.
If everything works out for Cruz, he’ll get the fight negotiated with Ryan and face him in April on DAZN.
Pitbull Cruz needs an impressive win
If Pitbull Cruz defeats Ryan, as many boxing fans believe he will, then he’ll be in a position to challenge for a world title. At that point, it would be a backward move for Cruz to fight Jojo Diaz, but if there’s no chance to fight for a world title right away, he’ll make a good stay busy match.
“[Jojo] Diaz gets my attention because I hear he wants to bully me; he says he wants to knock me out, and that’s why I’m there for him whenever he wants.”
“I want it to be big, and I have no preference for the title,” said Pitbull Cruz, on which champion he faces at lightweight in 2022.
With the lightweight titles on the verge of being unified between Kambosos and Haney, Cruz won’t have a problem deciding who to fight for the belts. It’ll be one of those guys.
The question is, how long will it take for Pitbull Cruz to get a title shot against the winner of that fight. Without a doubt, decisively beating Ryan Garcia will improve Cruz’s chances of getting a title shot in 2022.
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