Gervonta Davis Wrecks Hugo Ruiz
February 10, 2019
Anthony Saldana (95 articles)

Gervonta Davis Wrecks Hugo Ruiz


By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night inside of the newly named Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly the Stubhub Center) in Carson, California a packed house of 8,048 wild fans which included the likes of Drake, Birdman, Odell Beckham and rapper Jeezy, witnessed the WBA “Super” Junior Lightweight champion Gervonta Davis from Baltimore, Maryland make the first defense of his belt against late replacement Hugo Ruiz (39-5, 33 KO’s) of Mexico. The 24-year-old southpaw Davis (21-0, 20 KO’s) who won the WBA belt in April last year when he stopped Jesus Cuellar in the third round, was originally supposed to take on the former three division world champion Abner Mares. Those planes changed however last week when it was revealed Mares had suffered a detached retina and underwent surgery to repair his damaged eye. Davis who had some trouble making weight for the fight had no trouble with Ruiz as he quickly dismantled the former WBC Super Bantamweight Champion. Davis who walked to the ring to a full remake of Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller” video, truly was a nightmare to Ruiz. Davis came out very aggressive and late in the first round caught Ruiz with a solid jab that appeared to break Ruiz’ nose. Davis followed up the Jab with an onslaught of punches as Ruiz hit the canvas and never could recover referee Jack Reiss waived off the fight at the 2:59 mark of the first round. “Ruiz didn’t answer me.  I told him clearly in the dressing room what he needed to do.  When I asked him in Spanish if he wanted to continue he didn’t answer.  He was really hurt.  He basically made the decision. If he just (nodded his head) we would have kept going.” Stated referee Jack Reiss. After the fight Davis stated, “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 was to make a great performance, which I did” 

In the Co-main event of the night  the 23-year old undefeated prospect Mario Barrios (23-0, 15 KO’s) of San Antonio, Texas looked to get on step closer to a world title shot when he showcased his skills against the savvy veteran Richard Zamora (19-3, 12 KO’s) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico in a ten round super lightweight bout. Barrios kept his foot on the gas pedal from the opening bell using quick combinations and powerful counter shots to hurt Zamora early and often. Then in the fourth round the bigger stronger Barrios landed several clean shots, and although Zamora stayed on his feet he never had an answer for the vicious attack by Barrios as referee Ray Corona stepped in and waived off the fight at the 2:16 mark of the round “It was an amazing fight. I tip my hat to Zamora. He’s a hell of a warrior,” Barrios said. “I wish him nothing but the best for the rest of his career. Like he said at the press conference, he wanted a war, and I brought it to him. Total respect to him. He wasn’t an easy target at all. We just used everything we worked on in camp to find my range.” According to CompuBox, Barrios landed 106 of 282 punches (38 percent), and Zamora connected with 27 of 137 (20 percent).

Also on the card former world champion, Javier Fortuna (34-2-1, 23 KO’s) of La Romana in the Dominican Republic squared off against and defeated “The Lion” Sharif Bogere (32-3, 20 KO’s) of Las Vegas Nevada by way of Uganda, in a ten round lightweight bout. In what was what a very ugly fight marred by head butts, and holding, Fortuna narrowly pulled out a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 96-93 on three judges score cards. It was in the 6th round the Fortuna caught Bogere with a lead right and Bogere seemed to slip but the referee however ruled it a knockdown. Bogere easily beat the count and soon after had a cut open up on his left eye caused by an accidental headbutt. “The knock down was correct,” Fortuna said. “I saw his eyes were a little glassy and his legs buckled a bit. When I saw that he was cut, the game plan changed again and we had to work again to attack the cut.” According to CompuBox, Fortuna landed 101 of 421 punches (24 percent), and Bogere connected with 104 of 613 shots (17 percent).

To kick off the free Showtime portion of the night, Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KO’s) of Orlando, Florida absolutely destroyed the veteran vs Ishe Smith (29-11, 12 KO’s) of Las Vegas, Nevada in a scheduled ten round, super welterweight bout. Lubin who has only fought once since his stunning 2017 knockout loss to Jermell Charlo hurt Smith several times throughout the fight, dropping him four times fulfilling his promise to be the first opponent to stop Smith. Lubin dropped him three times in the second round and once in the third round, before Smith elected not to continue following the round “I wanted to start off calm and poised. I was using my jab like my corner was telling me to, but he wasn’t throwing anything so I had to mix up my shots,” Lubin said. “I thought he was trying to get me into the later rounds. I hit hard. I saw that one of my shots shook him up and he dropped. I am a great finisher and I knew it was time to get him out of there. After the second time dropping him, I thought maybe he was a little shaken up, because veteran fighters are capable of recuperating easily when they are hurt.”

Other Results

Juan Heraldez (16-0, 9 KO’s) vs Eddie Ramirez (17-3, 11 KO’s) (10 Rounds) Super Lightweights, Results: Heraldez gets a seventh round knock out of Ramirez

Xavier Martinez (13-0, 8 KO’s) vs Deivi Bassa (20-8, 12 KO’s) (8 Rounds) Super Featherweights, Results: Martinez wins by first round knockout

Ladarius Miller (19-1, 16 KO’s) vs Daulius Prescott (32-11, 24 KO’s) (10 Rounds) Lightweights, Results: Miller wins by first round knockout

Angelo Leo (16-0, 8 KO’s) vs Alberto Torres (11-2-3, 4 KO’s) (8 Rounds) Featherweights, Results: Angelo Leo wins a unanimous decision 

Ava Knight (17-2-5, 5 KO’s) vs Luna Del Mar Torroba (12-9-3, 2 KO’s) (8 Rounds) Flyweights, Results: due to an accidental head butt in the second round the fight ends in a technical draw.

Maurice Lee (9-1-1, 5 KO’s) vs Lennard Davis (4-1-1, 3 KO’s) (6 Rounds) Super Lightweights, Results: Draw

Francisco Ochoa (14-0, 8 KO’s) vs Luis May (21-12-1, 8 KO’s) (6 Rounds) Lightweights Results: Ochoa comes away with a unanimous decision victory

Emmanuel Medina (16-0, 9 KO’s) vs Carlos Velasquez (26-34-2, 16 KO’s) (8 Rounds) Welterweight, Results: Medina wins by unanimous decision


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