By Mark Elezaj
This Saturday night, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (20-0, 19 KO) will return to the squared circle to defends his WBA 130 lbs. Super Fetherweight title against Hugo Ruiz (39-4, 32 KO), who stepped in as a replacement after Amber Mares injured himself during his training camp. Davis vs. Ruiz takes place this Saturday, February 9 and airs live on Showtime with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET.
If you follow Davis, you know that he has only seen the final bell once in his young career, and that was a 6th round decision back in 2014. He is currently ranked #2 in the division behind only Miguel Berchelt. He’s 4-0 against quality opponents, and is coming off a title win over Jesus Cuellar. This is just his 2nd fight since August 2017.
The fight this Saturday night was originally supposed to be against Abner Mares. Unfortunately, due to an injury, he had to pull out of the fight and it left promoters scrambling for an opponent.
Enter Hugo Ruiz.
Ruiz last fought on the Pacquiao vs. Broner undercard just three weeks ago. He defeated Alberto Guevara (who was a late replacement fighter) in a slow, lackluster fight. Ruiz was announced as the official opponent for Davis just 10 days before the fight.
This will be Ruiz’s first bout in the 130-pound class. He does possess one punch power, though it’s only been on display at bantamweight and super bantamweight. The one thing that Ruiz has over Davis is his height and 70.5-inch reach, compared to Davis’s 67.5-inch reach.
In my opinion, Davis vs. Mares was going to be a great fight. It’s unfortunate how things turned out and maybe we can still see that fight down the road. Today it’s all about Davis vs. Ruiz. Can Ruiz pull off the upset? Truthfully, he is someone who could play the role of spoiler. But when you watch Davis, you see signs of greatness. You see a fighter with style, finesse and punching power in both hands. I know I will be tuning in.
My Prediction- Gervonta Davis, KO 4
~The Fighting Voice~