Belts on The Line
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Who won Davis vs Cruz?
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis beat Isaac Cruz by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Sunday 5th December 2021 at Staples Center in California.
The scorecards were announced as 115-113, 115-113, 116-112 in favor of winner Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the WBA lightweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Sebastian Fundora was victorious over Sergio Garcia and Sergiy Derevyanchenko lost to Carlos Adames.
Davis vs Cruz stats
Back in December 2021, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 25 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 24 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Isaac Cruz made his way to the ring with a record of 22 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 15 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Davis had a large advantage in power over Cruz, boosting at 96% knock out percentage over Cruz's 68%.
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis was the older man by 3 years, at 27 years old.
Davis had a height advantage of 1 inch over Cruz. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis fought out of the southpaw stance, while Isaac Cruz was an orthodox fighter.
Davis was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 1 more fights, and made his debut in 2013, 2 years earlier than Cruz, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 10 less professional rounds, 130 to Cruz's 140.
Isaac Cruz was ranked number 9 by the WBA and 2 by the IBF in the 135lb division.
Davis vs Cruz form
Davis remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his recent opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Mario Barrios on 26th June 2021 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBA World Super Lightweight championship fight at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Leo Santa Cruz on 31st October 2020 by knockout in the 6th round in their WBA Super World Super Featherweight and WBA World Lightweight championship fight at Alamodome, San Antonio.
Going into that contest, he had beat Yuriorkis Gamboa on 28th December 2019 by technical knockout in the 12th round in their WBA World Lightweight championship fight at State Farm Arena, Georgia.
Before that, he had defeated Ricardo Nunez on 27th July 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBA Super World Super Featherweight championship fight at Royal Farms Arena, Maryland.
He had won against Hugo Ruiz on 9th February 2019 by knockout in the 1st round in their WBA Super World Super Featherweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Cruz had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Francisco Vargas on 19th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Toyota Center, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Jose Matias Romero on 13th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut.
Going into that contest, he had beat Diego Magdaleno on 31st October 2020 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas.
Before that, he had won against Thomas Mattice on 14th February 2020 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at 2300 Arena, Pennsylvania.
He had beat Eleazar Valenzuela on 16th February 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Plaza de Toros La Coleta, Chiapas, Mexico.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Isaac Cruz had been fighting more than Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
Going to this contest, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis had last fought 5 months and 9 days ago, while Isaac Cruz's last outing had been 5 months and 16 days ago.
Davis' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 32 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.4 rounds on average.
Cruz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 34 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.8 rounds on average.
What time did Davis vs Cruz start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Staples Center, California, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Davis vs Cruz?
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis was a 7/100 (-1400) favourite going into the contest, while Isaac Cruz made his way into the ring at 9/1 (+900) with oddsmakers.