Who would have thought that in 2023, we would have a real super fight, specifically one that everyone has been waiting for the past five years. Saturday on Showtime PPV live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, Errol Spence Jr. (28-0, 22 KOs) will face Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) for the right to be called undisputed in the welterweight division for the first time in the four-belt era. Generally, these mega fights have a subpar undercard but with a hefty PPV price. This one, on paper, looks to be the exception to what has been the norm, and before the main event, we will see the return of one of the more popular lightweights in the division. Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz (24-2-1, (17 KOs) will look to position himself for a potential rematch with Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis later this year but first must get by the undefeated Giovanni Cabrera (21-0, 7 KOs).
Cruz is an interesting fighter whose claim to fame came from a loss to ‘Tank’ Davis during their December 2021 fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The scorecards (115-113, 115-113, 116-112), although unanimous, were close, and on two of the judges’ scorecards, only one round kept it from being a draw. Although Cruz lost, he earned the moral victory, and the fans got behind the 25-year-old lightweight contender. Cruz admitted that the fight changed his life, and now he is the co-main for one of the most important fights in boxing. ”It’s been a huge change in my life. We were offered the opportunity that night (against Gervonta Davis), and we gave it our best. The fans are the ones who decide who they enjoy watching, so it’s my job to keep putting on great performances for them,” said ‘Pitbull’ Cruz.
With his popularity growing in the sport by the day, who is ‘Pitbull’ Cruz in 2023? The young lion told ProBoxTV, “Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz is someone who has maintained the hunger to be someone in life and boxing. We now have the first opportunity of the year on Saturday as part of an undercard for a historic event, and we are preparing hard to give the fans a great fight.” A great fight is what all fans anticipate as ‘Tank’ Davis is now out of jail and working his way back to a potential fight with Cruz should he win on Saturday night.
While preparing for Saturday night, it’s hard to overlook the sacrifices made in training camp as Cruz has added to his family since the last time we saw him on All Access. Cruz is now the father of two, and when he isn’t getting ready for a fight, he tries his best to spend as much time with them as he can, making every moment memorable.
“When I’m not training, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids. I like creating beautiful memories, which could be something as simple as getting an ice cream with them. Whether at the dinner table or at a park, I enjoy making the most of my time with my family”. While training, Cruz can fully concentrate as his wife, Toany, ensures that the house is in order. She explains to the oldest that his father has a challenging career that requires him to be away from time to time.
With Cruz having his supportive wife by his side during training camp, all that is left is to zero in on his opponent and figure out the game plan to earn a victory. Cruz mentioned making a few adjustments for this training camp but says it’s no different than any of his other fights. Cabrera is going to be a tough opponent and if we see anything like the performance he had against Gabriel Flores Jr. last July, we may be in for a real war.
What happens when you put a pitbull and a hungry underdog in a cage? We’ll find out Saturday on @ShowtimeBoxing. #CruzCabrera— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) July 26, 2023
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As Cruz gets closer to his big fight on Saturday night, he has a simple message to set the table for those watching live at the T-Mobile or on Showtime PPV: “I’m going to give the fans a great fight, and they will be the winners that night.”