Gervonta Davis knocks out Hugo Ruiz to retain junior lightweight title

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

He raised the stakes Saturday night when he fought Hugo Ruiz for the WBA super featherweight championship.

It's really too bad we got this, an exciting but meaningless stoppage, instead of the scheduled fight, a showdown between Davis and Abner Mares.

Ruiz, a former super bantamweight world champion, was coming off a unanimous 12-round decision over Alberto Guevara on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's 12-round demolition of Adrien Broner and took the fight on 10 days' notice. "He got an exhibition bout with the guy Tenshin in Japan, in April".

"I just wanted to put on a great performance", the 24-year-old said.

With his promoter Floyd Mayweather looking on, Davis made quick work of his late-replacement opponent. "So first it's Tenshin in April and then in May it's the real fight", Mayweather said. I'm proud of Tank.

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Floyd Mayweather, to remind, recently fought Tenshin Nasukawa himself, also in an exhibition bout in the RIZIN ring.

Unbeaten Davis lived up to his knockout-artist reputation with his 20th win inside the distance out of his 21 victories. To fight Mayweather, Nasukawa moved up from is natural 126-pound featherweight division to the 147-pound welterweight division.

Super welterweight Erickson Lubin retired Ishe Smith after dropping him four times, coach Eddie Mustafa Muhammad had seen enough and called the bout after three rounds, two of which Smith hit the canvas in.

A big fight for Davis in that it's not only for the world title but a bout that can put his career back on track after a frustrating time a year ago between inactivity and one or two other minor issues.

Davis told SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray he's ready for a sweet homecoming for his next fight.

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