Gervonta Davis knocks our Hugo Ruiz in first round to retain title

Gervonta Davis knocks our Hugo Ruiz in first round to retain title

Gervonta Davis retains WBA super-featherweight title with first-round knockout of Hugo Ruiz

Ruiz, a former junior featherweight world titleholder, who had just won a lopsided decision in a featherweight bout January 19 on the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner undercard, quickly accepted an offer to fill in and moved up another weight division with the promise to give Davis a serious fight in the Showtime-televised main event.

Gervonta Davis with the first round KO! Ruiz fought Davis after replacing former world champion, Abner Mares, who withdrew from the fight after injuring his right eye during a training session. The end came at the 2:59 mark, allowing Davis to retain his WBA super featherweight title.

On fight night Ruiz will likely be outweighed by Davis, and this will be a fight to the finish with a knockout as a likely possibility. Ruiz delayed a second and then dropped to a knee.

In a fight for the WBA "Super" super-featherweight title the bout will take place tomorrow night in Carson, California. He originally weighed in a quarter-pound over.

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"I'm ready and I hope Ruiz is too".

'I was scheduled to fight Mares, but he had an injury. The retired five-division champion obviously is biased, but Mayweather seems genuinely confident he can bring along the 24-year-old Davis at a similar deliberate pace that Mayweather took to becoming the richest athlete in the history of professional sports.

His power is always a factor, and he began showing it early with punishing shots to the body.

"Ruiz didn't answer me", Reiss said. Barrios stopped a game Richard Zamora in four rounds, using a good use of distance and great combination punching to get the job done. "When I touched him with the jab, I seen his arm was in front of his face, so I knew if I threw a hook or an uppercut, it was right there to land".

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