Davis Gets Easy Work
By Raymundo Dioses
Photos By Marlene Marquez
Gervonta Davis lived up to his 'Tank' moniker by steam
rolling over late replacement opponent Hugo Ruiz in one
round at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson,
California in defense of his WBA lightweight title in a
Showtime televised event on February 9, 2019.
Davis, (21-0, 20 KO) had no problems utilizing his speed and
power against Ruiz, who actually landed a decent right hand
prior to catching a straight left from Davis that set the
tone for what then occurred; David brushed off the shot and
threw a right-left-right combination that sent Ruiz onto one
knee in what was a delayed reaction. Replays showed a solid
right hand to the head that sent Ruiz down.
The Baltimore product was originally set to face former
champion Abner Mares, who became forced to withdraw due to
arm and eye injuries. Ruiz was stepping up in weight and
applauded Davis after referee Jack Reiss waived off the bout
at 2:59 of the first frame. Ruiz beat the standing eight
count, but Reiss saw it fit to call a halt to the bout, as
Ruiz showed signs of a fractured nose and did not respond
well when asked if he wished to continue.
“Tonight I just wanted to put on a great performance. I was
scheduled to fight Abner Mares, but he had an injury so my
main goal tonight was to make a great performance, which I
The fight was the first boxing match since the Stub Hub
Center was renamed to the Dignity Health Sports Park. The
venue has undergone multiple name changes in addition to
hosting multiple Fight of The Year matches.
In other results:
Lightweight Sharif Bogere drops a ruggedly fought 10 round
decision to Javier Fortuna.
Welterweight Mario Barrios KO’d Richard Zamorain the 4th