Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz Final Press Conference
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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
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
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
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
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