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  Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz Final Press Conference

Photos: Dave Mandel - SHOWTIME


WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Gervonta Davis and former world champion Hugo Ruiz went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they go toe-to-toe this Saturday night in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif. and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Also facing off on Thursday were fighters who will enter the ring live on SHOWTIME in televised undercard attractions. Undefeated super lightweight Mario Barrios will be facing Mexicoís Richard Zamora, while former world champion Javier Fortuna will step in against lightweight contender Sharif Bogere as part of live SHOWTIME action kicking off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Davis was joined on-stage by his promoter, legendary boxer and Mayweather Promotions President Floyd Mayweather. Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday at the Westin Los Angeles Airport before Saturday nightís event:


ďIím so excited to come back strong in 2019. This is the year that could put me over the top and put me at the highest level.

ďThe opponent change didnít really affect me. In the amateurs we fought four or five times a week so we always had different opponents. I had been sparring someone taller than me in training camp anyway. I think a fighter should be ready and able to adapt to anything that is in front of him in the ring. Iím ready and I hope Ruiz is too.

ďTraining camp has been great. Iím ready for Saturday night. We planned on fighting Abner Mares, but he had an injury and we hope to still get him down the line if everything is okay with his health.

ďHugo Ruiz is a great opponent. Heís going to come to fight on Saturday night. Heís been telling the media heís going to knock me out, so I hope we get an action packed fight for the fans. Iím glad Ruiz is coming for the knockout. We owe it to the fans and Iím praying that he comes ready to give them a great show.

ďIfeel like Iím the fighter that can be the next big star. Iím working towards it. Iím just a kid soaking it all in right now. Saturday night, I hope everyone is ready, because itís going to be action.

ďRuizís record speaks for itself. Iíve watched him and he has some pop. Heís accurate and Iím ready for it. I donít think Iíll have any ring rust. Iíve worked with a lot of great fighters in the gym. Iím just excited to get back in the ring.

ďI want to give my fans all over the world a great show. Everyone tuning in is going to see a great performance. Hopefully Hugo will live up to his word, because Iím going to live up to mine.Ē


ďIím very happy to have this opportunity. Iím going to leave everything in the ring. I have a lot of faith in my boxing skills. I trust and believe that there is going to be a new world champion on Saturday night.

ďIím in rhythm and in shape. Iíve been very active leading into and since my last fight. Davis is a tremendous champion, but he doesnít intimidate me. Iíll be ready for him come Saturday night.

ďThis is a great opportunity to fight a southpaw, as I had originally been training for a lefty before my opponent changed in my last fight. I also fought a southpaw in November. Iíve been training with a lot of lefties for a while. Iím more than ready for this opportunity.

ďDavis is a strong champion and I know this is a big opportunity for me to fight someone of his caliber. Iím ready mentally and physically for the greatest opportunity that has been given to me.

ďAt 130-pounds I feel more power than ever and I will demonstrate that on Saturday night. This is a big challenge for me. This is the opportunity that Iíve been waiting for throughout my 12-year career. I donít plan on wasting it.Ē


ďThis is a huge opportunity and Iím very excited for it. Iím looking forward to going out there and putting on a great show for the boxing fans.

ďIím ready and Iím prepared to take full advantage of this chance to make a statement on Saturday night. I want any one of the champions in this division, but Iím not looking past Zamora. I just know that the work that I put in will pay off.

ďI have big things on the horizon and Zamora is in my way. Iím focused and ready to make this a great night. If he wants a war, Iíll give him a war.Ē


ďIím very happy and thankful to be in this fight. This is the opportunity Iíve been looking for. Iím ready to compete and Iím not going to let this opportunity pass me by.

ďThis is definitely a big step for me in my U.S. debut. If I can get a win over Mario Barrios, then I would be able to reach a lot of dreams that I have.

ďI come well prepared and Iím expecting a war. Iím going to be ready to go and battle until the end. Youíll see that Iím going to leave it all in the ring.Ē


ďIím going to give the best that I have in the ring. Iím going against a good boxer with a good record, but it doesnít matter what obstacles are in front of me. Iím going to come through with a big win on Saturday night.

ďWe have a new team and a new trainer that is going to give the fans the best Javier Fortuna possible on Saturday.

ďA victory against Sharif Bogere is very important for me and a stepping stone to where I want to get. Itís going to be a difficult fight, but Iím ready to make this a very tough night for him.Ē


ďWe are going to make this a great fight on Saturday. Fortuna is a good fighter and tough guy. I expect him to bring a lot of fireworks. Iím prepared for it and I have the game plan to win.

ďEvery day is a tough test in life. This is going to be just another fight. Iím prepared and I have a great team behind me. Iím coming on Saturday night for what belongs to me.

ďFortuna has a big name and is a step up for me. This win will put me up there toward the top and Iíll be prepared for whatever challenge comes after that.Ē

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, President of Mayweather Promotions

ďItís great to be here with so many young talented fighters. I could remember 23 years ago when I was in that same position. When youíre in this position you have to take advantage of it. Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime. You must go out there and give it your all.

ďI want to see these fighters become great and become stars. The records that Iíve set were made to be broken.

ďI remember when Gervonta Davis first came to my gym. He worked hard and believed in himself. Sometimes we did two-a-days. I f we didnít think the job was done right, weíd come back and correct it. We continue to strive every day to be the best we possibly can be. Gervonta works extremely hard, but he canít take anything for granted in this fight.

ďI think Hugo Ruiz is more dangerous opponent than Abner Mares. Abner is a tremendous fighter, but Ruiz is very tough and he has good knockout power. This is a great matchup and the kind that people want to see. Itís all about putting on great shows and Saturday will be another blockbuster.Ē

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

ďWe have a great event this Saturday night with great fights from top to bottom of this card. This is going to be a great night of boxing.

ďGervonta Davis has reached goals beyond just the boxing ring. I know the impact that Gervonta has on the youth all around the world. When it comes to excitement, explosiveness and knockout power, this is something new that the fans are getting a chance to witness.

ďAt the young age of 24, fans have come to know Gervonta for his punching power. But heís also a very skilled boxer. This is one of the things that heíll be able to showcase moving forward in a number of big fights heís going to have.

ďWe know he has a tough challenge in front of him. Anytime you have a last minute replacement whoís an excellent fighter, itís a big challenge. Ruiz is an aggressive fighter and we expect nothing but a great fight.

ďGervonta Davis has the full arsenal. In my opinion, heís the most exciting fighter and the biggest puncher in the entire sport. It takes more than knockout power and I think youíll see an array of his skillset.Ē

SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ, President of Sampson Boxing

ďIt really is an honor for me to be involved in this great show. These are going to be three great fights. Hugo Ruiz had been training for a southpaw before an opponent switch led to him fighting a right hander last fight. After a few more weeks leading into this fight, Ruiz is 100 percent ready for this challenge.

ďTrust me, this is going to be a rough fight. I believe that Davis will have his hands full with Hugo Ruiz. Ruiz comes from a family of fighters and he is a true Mexican warrior who will leave it all in the ring on Saturday.Ē


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