Less than year after his surprising competitive showing against Gervonta Davis, Isaac Cruz is confident the experience he’s obtained since then will power him past Eduardo Ramirez this weekend and into an eventual Davis rematch.
Cruz (23-2-1, 16 KOs), has only fought one bout since the unanimous decision loss to Davis. In April, he stopped a faded Yuriorkis Gamboa over five one-sided rounds on the Errol Spence vs. Yordenis Ugas pay-per-view undercard. However, Cruz argues that fighting on consecutive high-profile events has raised his resolve to an elite level.
“I would say it doesn’t have to do with the physical aspect — it’s more mental,” Cruz told BeatsBoxingMayhem.com. “I’m now more mature, more experienced. I can guarantee you that when the time does come for me to face Davis again, that maturity and experience I’ve been acquiring is going to be a big factor in allowing me to be more aware of everything surrounding me and to be even better the next time around.”
Cruz’s hopes for a Davis rematch has been complicated by the emergence of Ryan Garcia, who’s campaigned publicly for a December showdown with Tank. The WBC ordered a title eliminator between Cruz and Garcia which fell through last May, leading to both to targeting Davis to close out 2022. Still, Cruz hasn’t ruled out a cross-promotional Garcia bout despite claims from Garcia and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya that Cruz turned down a million dollar offer.
“Where was the contract? Where was the million dollars?,” said Cruz. “He never contacted us. Where was the reality? It was just talk.”
Regarding his next opponent Eduardo Ramirez, Cruz will enjoy the advantage of being a natural lightweight against an opponent who’s been a career featherweight. It also marks his return to Crypto.com Arena, the site of profile-raising performance against Davis. Nine months later, Cruz believes L.A. fans have embraced him and the southpaw Ramirez presents the perfect style to deliver another compelling fight.
“I really feel the love from my Mexican people here in Los Angeles. This is going to be a great clash of styles that the fans will love, but our only goal is to win.
“I’m very happy with everything we did in training camp. Ramirez is an experienced fighter who is always prepared. But we prepared for anything he’s going to bring.”
The co-main event of Cruz vs. Ramirez will be featured on September 4 Fox pay-per-view undercard for Andy Ruiz vs. Luis Ortiz, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.