Isaac "Pitbull" Cruz ran over Eduardo "Zurdito" Ramirez after scoring a highlight-reel knockout in the second round of their showdown in Los Angeles last Sunday.
Ramirez went into survival mode as soon as the bell rang, and it was only a matter of time before Cruz pressed the action and connected with a powerful left hook, followed by a right hand that put "Zurdito" to sleep. The referee, Jack Reiss, immediately stopped the fight at 2:27 of the 2nd round.
"Pitbull" managed to rack up an 18-fight unbeaten streak until he faced current lightweight champion Gervonta Davis in 2021. While Davis took the unanimous decision win at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Cruz proved to be up to the task.
Cruz, who resides in Mexico City, improves his record to 24-2-1, with 17 knockouts.
Is “Pitbull” Cruz that good?
At 24, "Pitbull" Cruz is one of the most promising up-and-coming prospects in the boxing world, but we must be clear-headed and put the situation into perspective.
Eduardo Ramirez came into his bout against Cruz on a promising pace after winning five fights in a row, three of them by TKO. The truth is that "Zurdito" fought regularly at 126 lbs. before facing Cruz at 135 lbs., a significant increase in weight against an opponent of such caliber. Cruz had everything to win.
Before facing Ramirez, Cruz dispatched 40-year-old veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa, whose best days were behind him, by TKO. The Cuban faced Cruz after losing two fights, to Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis.
This is not to say that Isaac Cruz is a bad boxer. On the contrary, he is one of the most promising fighters in the world, however, these last two fights are not the most appropriate to measure the quality of the Mexican, he had the upper hand.
Gervonta Davis next?
As soon as Cruz got the win over Ramirez, the Mexican asked to face Gervonta Davis in a much anticipated rematch. Present at the Crypto.com Arena, Davis smiled at Cruz's challenge, amid boos from the fans in attendance.
"We want the rematch with Gervonta Davis," said Cruz. "That’s what these fans want. I promised the knockout tonight and we got it done."
"Tank" Davis does not look forward to a rematch against Cruz, whom he defeated with authority in the past. The American suggested on his Twitter account a fight between Cruz and Rolando Romero. This would be a fight between the last two opponents of Gervonta Davis.
If not Davis, then who?
Cruz challenged another opponent in case he was unable to fight Gervonta Davis: "Devin Haney, I would like that fight." said Cruz. "Carry on Devin Haney. He’s the champion, and I’m the interim champion, so let’s convey it in."
Haney will face George Kambosos Jr. on Oct. 16 in a highly anticipated rematch. If he wins, he would also be an interesting opponent for Cruz.
The fight against Haney would give Cruz the opportunity to fight for an undisputed world championship, as the American also holds the other three belts.