Unbeaten five-time world champion and boxing’s hottest attraction Gervonta “Tank” Davis will defend his WBA Lightweight Championship against hard-hitting Isaac “Pitbull’’ Cruz on Sunday, December 5 live on SHOWTIME PPV from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
Gervonta Davis vs. Isaac Cruz
In a tactical, but action-packed main event, Gervonta “Tank” Davis won a close unanimous decision over replacement opponent Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz from a packed & sold out Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA.
The scores were 116-112 and 115-113 twice for Davis.
Sebastian Fundora vs. Sergio Garcia
The co-main event of the evening featured a battle of undefeated Super Welterweight’s in a WBC eliminator with the aptly nicknamed 6’4″ Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno” Fundora taking on Sergio Garcia of Spain.
The opening rounds saw Garcia attempt to close the distance and chop down the body of the lanky Fundora, but he was met with a constant array of close and long range jabs and big right hands of Fundora.
Despite buckling Fundora late in the fight, it was too little too late for Garcia.
The judges scored the fight 115-113, 117-111 and 118-110 for Fundora, who now stands next in line for a shot at the WBC title.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Carlos Adames
In a 10-round Middleweight bout, Sergey “The Technician” Derevyanchenko took on the once beaten Carlos Adames.
The action started slow in the opening rounds with Derevyanchenko attempting to close the distance and move in close, while Adames looked to establish his range and jab to set up counterpunches as Derevyanchenko darted in.
Adames proved too crafty, smothering and clinching his way to the final bell. After 10 rounds, Adames came out on top via majority decision by scores of 95-95, 96-94 and 97-93.
Eduardo Ramirez vs. Miguel Marriaga
Tonight’s Showtime Pay-Per-View action got off to a rousing start with a WBC eliminator bout between Eduardo Ramirez of Los Mochis, Mexico and the all-action former world title challenger Miguel Marriaga.
Ramirez defeated the game Marriaga by lopsided scores of 99-90 across the board.
Both fighters got off to a fast start, meeting in ring center to exchange. As the action escalated into the middle rounds, Marriaga began to show signs of wilting, appearing visibly shaken under the pressure and heavy blows of Ramirez.
As the fight went into the eighth round, it became obvious that Marriaga would need a KO to win, but Ramirez’s constant pressure and precision kept Marriaga at bay and unable to land anything of merit.
The final round saw Marriaga trying to push forward with something big, but Ramirez was simply too good and too much as he responded in force to anything Marriaga dared to throw.
Carlos Garcon vs. Jason Soto
In an entertaining four-round Heavyweight slugfest, Las Vegas based fighter Carlos Garcon labored to a split decision draw with the once beaten Jason Soto.
Both big men gave it their all, trading leather back and forth, pitting the inside aggression of Garcon against the precision and sharpshooting of Soto.
In the end, the judges scored it 39-37 Soto, 39-37 Garcon and 38-38 for a split draw in a tight affair.
Luis Arias vs. Vaughn Alexander
In the first upset of the night, St. Louis veteran Vaughn Alexander won a split decision over favorite Luis Arias.
The 10-round Middleweight contest was a close match coming into the final rounds as Alexander pushed forward and kept the aggressive Arias on the ropes to earn the nod from the judges.
Ava Knight vs. Nancy Franco de Alba
In a battle of former champions, Ava Knight returned to the ring months removed from a brief hiatus and the birth of her first child to outwork her way to a six-round unanimous victory over Nancy Franco de Alba.
Knight controlled the action and utilized her superior ring craft and generalship to outland her opponent. Knight won with scores of 59-55 60-54 and 59-55.
Mia Ellis vs. Elizabeth Tuani
In the opening bout of tonight’s fight card, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Mia Ellis scored a unanimous decision victory over Elizabeth Tuani in a scheduled four round fight that featured no spectacular action, but clear dominance on the part of Ellis.
Malik Warren vs. Eric Manriquez
Jalil Major Hackett vs. Darynn Leyva
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