De La Hoya Backs ‘Pitbull’ Cruz for a KO Victory over Rolly, Teases Ryan Garcia Fight

By Dan Ambrose - 02/13/2024 - Comments

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya predicts a knockout victory for Isaac ”Pitbull’ Cruz against WBA light welterweight champion Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero next month in their fight on March 30th on Amazon Prime PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

De La Hoya feels that the smaller fighter Cruz (25-2-1, 17 KOs) will make up for his lack of size by using pressure to defeat Rolly (15-1, 13 KOs) in their co-feature bout on the Keith Thurman vs. Tim Tszyu card.

When De la Hoya was asked if Pitbull Cruz could get a shot at the superstar Ryan Garcia, he said, “We’ll see if Pitbull merits the opportunity,” meaning he’s got a chance if he can get his hands on the WBA 140-lb belt.

Size Disadvantage? Not a Problem

“It’s definitely going to be Pitbull, absolutely,” said promoter Oscar De La Hoya to Fight Hub TV when asked if Pitbull Cruz will dethrone Rolly Romero of his WBA light welterweight title on March 30th. “He’ll probably knock him out.”

A knockout victory for Pitbull Cruz would be a massive win for the Mexican slugger, sending Rolly’s career to the bottom of the ocean from where not even his promoters at Mayweather Promotions can retrieve him.

Rolly is essentially a welterweight who is boiling down to 140, and he’ll look much bigger than the lightweight Cruz on fight night. However, if Pitbull can make this an inside brawl, it won’t end well for Rolly.

The new trainer for Rolly will have him moving all night and tying up Cruz when he gets close to him, which could make this a boring fight for the boxing fans wanting to see a war.

Pitbull vs. Ryan Garcia: A Future Possibility?

“Yeah, they’ll both weigh-in at 140,” said De La Hoya when told that there will be a huge size discrepancy between the 5’4″ Pitbull Cruz and Rolly Romero. “Pitbull is one hell of a pressure fighter, but Ryan fighting Rolly? We’ll see if Pitbull merits the opportunity.”

Ryan will be the one who will decide about a fight with Pitbull Cruz, but he could take it if he has the WBA light welterweight title and is coming off a victory over Rolly.

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