Gervonta Davis vs. Isaac Cruz
Virtual Press Conference
Unbeaten five-time world champion and boxing’s hottest
attraction Gervonta “Tank” Davis and hard-hitting Isaac “Pitbull’’
Cruz previewed their showdown for Davis’ WBA Lightweight
Championship during a virtual press conference Monday before
they square off on Sunday, December 5 live on SHOWTIME PPV
from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in a Premier Boxing
Davis’ third-straight pay-per-view headlining attraction
will see him take on the IBF-ranked No. 2 lightweight in
Cruz, a Mexico City-native who has earned his ‘Pitbull’
moniker through his hardnosed style.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
“I’m happy and excited to be in this position, I’ve been
working hard getting ready for this new opponent. I know
Cruz is going to come to fight. The fans are going to be the
winners in this fight, because we’re both coming in prepared
to be at our best. I’m ready to put on a great show on
“Anything can happen in boxing, so I just try to stay on
task. I’m always ready to step up to any challenge thrown my
way and get the job done.
“This is a more interesting fight now, because we both come
forward. This is going to be something great for the fans
and another exciting night for the sport of boxing. May the
best man win. We’re both coming with our ‘A’ games.
“He can say I haven’t faced someone like him, but he’s never
fought anybody like me either. I can box and I can hit.
We’ll see what he’s saying when he gets hit in the face.
“December 5 is going to be fireworks for sure. It’s going to
be something you can’t miss. Don’t go get your popcorn or
anything like that during this fight. This is another tough
task, but this is what I’m made for.
“You always have to adapt in boxing. No matter what comes
your way. I’m going to adapt to Cruz. I’m figuring out every
day how Cruz is thinking and what he’s going to bring to the
“Cruz has impressed me in his past fights. He comes in there
to win. He doesn’t look to just hang in there. He wants to
go in and take it. He’s not an opponent I can overlook. A
win over him would be big for me.
“It is different training to fight a shorter opponent. I
usually fight guys taller than me, so it’s an adjustment.
It’s another thing I have to adapt to. Everything we’re
doing is to figure him out.
“December 5 is going to be a fireworks show. This is going
to be one of the best fights of the year. It’s not just a
boxing match, it’s an event. Make sure you come out.
“I’m excited to be in this position. I’m grateful for it.
I’m trying to continue to grow as a fighter and just improve
“December 5 is going to be a great fight. I’m ready to shock
the world and become the next star in the pantheon of
Mexican boxing champions.
“I’m ready to put on a show on December 5 at STAPLES Center.
There were a wide-array of feelings when I knew I got this
fight, but most of all, it made me really motivated to be
ready for this opportunity.
“We are not overconfident in any way, but Gervonta has not
fought anyone with my style and with my characteristics.
We’re working really hard to make sure my style will work
the best that it can on December 5.
“The real winner of this fight is going to be the fans.
‘Pitbull’ and ‘Tank’ are going to crash into each other and
people will be on the edge of their seats.
“I can guarantee that I’m hungry and motivated to win this
fight. I’m fighting for more than myself, I’m fighting for
my family and to make my country proud. I know that if I win
this fight, it will change my whole career.
“The key to defeating Gervonta is for me to want it more. I
want that belt in my hand. It’s going to come down to
“I’m always thankful for the opportunities I get. It’s my
job to work hard and take advantage of each opportunity as I
get them. I’m going to come forward and present my power.
Once he feels my power, the fight is going to turn toward
“It’s up to Gervonta to show that he’s a superstar in the
ring. I don’t see him as an impossible task to defeat at
“I always want to fight the best and Gervonta is one of the
best. I’m training really hard so that I’m up to that
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“This is an exciting matchup, with the most exciting fighter
in the world, Gervonta Davis, taking on Isaac Cruz, who is a
tough lightweight and a bonafide top-10 contender. He has an
action-packed style himself and he’s looking to knock ‘Tank’
off his throne.
“Mexico is riding high off of Canelo Alvarez’s historic
undisputed championship victory and now there’s a big
opportunity for Cruz to stand up for his country and take
‘Tank’ out. I’ve had my eye on Cruz since he knocked out
Diego Magdaleno on ‘Tank’s’ undercard last year. I was very
impressed with the knockout and knew he might get this
opportunity down the line.
“’Tank’ is always ready. He stays ready, so he doesn’t have
to get ready. This fight is going to be nothing but
fireworks on December 5 and it’s definitely ending in a
“Cruz is coming to fight. He’s not a last-minute
replacement. He was already fighting on this card, so he’s
going to be ready. ‘Tank’ is going to have to be on point
for every second of this fight, because Cruz puts a lot of
mental pressure on you with the way that he fights.”
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
“This is going to be an incredible fight on December 5. Los
Angeles has been a great boxing city going back over 100
years. Fighters from Mexico City come in with a ton of
pride, courage and desire. They flat out don’t want to lose.
Cruz is a certified Mexican warrior from Mexico City.
“STAPLES Center has a rich tradition of bringing the biggest
and best fights to Los Angeles. With Gervonta Davis, you
know there will be an incredible atmosphere in the arena.
It’s going to be bombs away and you won’t want to miss it on