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Gervonta Davis Decisions Isaac Cruz



WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (26-0, 24 KO's) of Baltimore retained his WBA World lightweight title as he had his hands full in winning a decision over Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz (22-2, 15 KO's) of Mexico City, Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Davis worked the jab to start the fight as Cruz pressed attacking to the body and swinging wildly and connecting, later in the round Cruz slipped drawing the Davis supporters to their feet. Cruz came right at Davis to begin the second and continued to swarm him with wild punches. In the third, Gervonta boxed keeping his distance as Cruz kept coming aggressively. Davis kept boxing in the fourth using his skill against Cruz's aggressiveness.


Referee Thomas Taylor warned Davis in round five for leaning and holding Cruz's head down. In the sixth, Davis boxed keeping his distance as Cruz was relentless continuing to go forward. Cruz cornered Davis to begin the seventh, later in the round Tank and Pitbull traded in the center of the ring. It was an intense eighth round as Cruz connected with solid shots backing Davis


Late in the fight in ninth, Davis and Cruz exchanged left hooks as the both connected at the same time, Davis retrieved and boxed. Cruz cornered Davis to start the tenth, and was the aggressor backing Davis to the ropes with big punches, taking it to the champ. The Mexican kept on coming taking to the champ in the championship rounds attacking from every angle possible. The twelfth and final round saw Cruz continuing to go at Davis, displaying the aggression.


After going the distance the judges scored the fight 116-112, 115-113, and 115-113 all three in favor of Tank Davis.


WBC super welterweight eliminator, Sebastian “Towering Inferno” Fundora (18-0-1, 12KO) won a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Sergio Garcia (33-1, 14KO). Judges scored it 118-110, 117-111 and 115-113





In a WBC middleweight eliminator, Carlos Adames (21-1, 16KO) won a majority decision over Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-4, 10KO). It was a back and forth battle as Dereveyanchenko and Adames had some wild exchanges throughout the fight, both fighters stayed busy but towards the later round Adames stood busier and connected flush. The scores were 97-93, 96-94, and 95-95.



Opening up the Showtime pay per view card super featherweights Eduardo Ramirez (26-2-3, 12 KO's) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico won a unanimous decision over Colombia's Miguel Marriaga (30-5, 26 KO's). It was a busy first round as Marriaga and Ramirez let their hands go. Marriaga pressured in round two but Ramirez kept his distance and landed flush in what was another busy round. Continuing to fight at close range in the third, a left hook by Ramirez in the closing seconds sat Marriaga to the canvas. Ramirez connected precisely with the straight in round four as Marriaga appeared to slow his pace. In the fifth, Ramirez kept connecting with combinations as Marriaga continued to go forward depsite being on the receiving end of punches.





Halfway through in the sixth, Marriaga began the round unloading with punches but Ramirez stayed inside connecting to the body and following up top. Late in the fight, Ramirez and Marriaga continued to stay busy with Ramirez connecting the solid punches outworking the Columbian. The tenth and final round, Ramirez out hustled the tough Ramirez. All three judges scored the bout 99-90


Heavyweights Carlos Gascon of Las Vegas and Jason Soto of Bakersfield, California fought to a four round draw. In a fight that saw the big men mostly clinching and occasionally punching Gascon and Soto exchanged in the final minute of the fight.


Journeyman fighter Vaughn Alexander, (16-6-1, 9KO) pulled the upset over WBA #5 middleweight Luis Arias (20-2-1, 9KO). It was a close and scrappy fight which saw Arias get a point deduction for leading with his shoulder as the judges scored the bout 96-93.


Former world champion, Ava Knight (20-2-5, 5KO) won a unanimous decision over Nancy Franco De Alba (19-16-2, 5KO). Knight outworked De Alba in going the distance six rounds in a super flyweight bout Judges scored it 59-55, 60-54 and 59-55,


In opening the opening bout from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Mia Ellis (3-0, 2KO) won a unanimous decision victory over Elizabeth Tuani (1-4, 1KO). 39-37 on all three scorecards

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