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Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis Destroys Hugo Ruiz With First-Round TKO (Video)

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POSTFIGHT: Ruiz is in a lot of pain. You have to wonder if his nose was broken, and that’s why he decided he couldn’t continue. Here’s the video from that final right hand.

Davis has only fought once in the past 18 months, but he said he’s got three or four fights lined up for this year. Showtime’s Jim Gray asks if he’ll fight the winner of the Ricardo Nunez vs. Ednar Cherry fight that apparently would be the mandatory opponent for his junior lightweight title. Says Davis, “Who?”

I don’t think Davis was being snarky. I think he had no idea who Gray was talking about.

Overall, though, a heck of a performance for Davis and a pretty nice $1 million payday for less than 3 minutes of work tonight.


First round: Davis comes out throwing a jab. He’s way short on all of them. But he’s throwing. Davis lands a left hook to the body and lands a jab to the body. Ruiz tries a straight right. It was blocked. But Davis is beginning to land. Davis lands another lfet and traps Ruiz n the corner. Davis is strafing him with shots. Ruiz throws a counter right. Looks like Ruiz is alrady bleeding from the nose. Huge right by Davis, and Ruiz has to take a knee. He gets up but doesn’t respond to the ref’s questions. And JACK REISS STOPS THE FIGHT.

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Gervonta Davis ringwalk: We’ve got a skit going on here! It’s a bunch of dancers bopping to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the style of the mega-iconic music video. Then, Davis emerged in the middle of it, and he’s nodding his head to the music (though to be honest, he looks a tad uncomfortable, like he’s not really sure where to look or what to do). But the walk is short, and he’s inside the ring.

Hugo Ruiz ringwalk: He’s bouncing to the ring, throwing shadow punches and giving fist pumps to the crowd. He crosses himself, runs up the steps, and bows to the crowd.


UNDERCARD:

Mario Barrios (23-0, 15 KOs) TKO 4 over Richard Zamora (19-3):Barrios blasted through Zamora for most of the fight, and even though Zamora fought hard and landed some hard shots of his own, the ref stopped the fight in the fourth after believing Zamora had taken too much punishment. It was perhaps a slightly premature stoppage, but there’s little question that Barrios was affecting Zamora with his punches. Obviously, it’s better to stop the fight a little too early than a little too late. According to Showtime, Barrios landed 77 of 130 of his power shots for a massive 59 percent.

Javier Fortuna (34-2-1, 23 KOs) UD win over Sharif Bogere (32-2):The last time Fortuna was in the ring, he fell out of the ring vs. Adrian Granados, leading to a no contest after Fortuna couldn’t continue. Though he didn’t look great for much of the first half of the fight, Fortuna had a much better final five rounds to pull out the unanimous decision (all three judges had it 96-93; I had it 96-94). Though Bogere looked a little thick in his body, he took the lead on my scorecard through the fifth round. But Fortuna knocked him down in the sixth round—even if it was unclear whether the ref made the right call—and from there, he landed plenty of head shots to grab his victory. After the fight Fortuna said he wants to fight Gervonta Davis of Vasiliy Lomachenko.


Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz weights odds purses

Gervonta Davis, left, will try to take out late replacement Hugo Ruiz, right, to defend his 130-pound title. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)GETTY

Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz odds

When Davis was scheduled to face Mares, he was a substantial favorite at -1000, meaning you’d have to bet $1,000 to win $100, while Mares was +600. Now that he’s fighting Ruiz, Davis is a massive favorite. Here are all the Bovada odds for the major fights on this card.

  • Gervonta Davis -5000 vs. Hugo Ruiz +1400
  • Mario Barrios -5000 vs. Richard Zamora +1400
  • Javier Fortuna -300 vs. Sharif Bogere +230
  • Erickson Lubin -3000 vs. Ishe Smith +1100

Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz purses

This will be a nice payday for both fighters. The last time Davis fought, he made $350,000 vs. Jesus Cueller. On Saturday, he’ll make a $1 million purse. The last time Ruiz fought, three weeks ago, he made $30,000. On Saturday, he’ll make $100,000. Not too bad for either fighter.

As for the rest of the card, here are their purses, via ESPN.com.

  • Mario Barrios: $75,000
  • Richard Zamora: $10,000
  • Sharif Bogere: $75,000
  • Javier Fortuna: $40,000
  • Ishe Smith: $75,000
  • Erickson Lubin: $41,500 (the last time he fought vs. Jermell Charlo, Lubin made $225,000)

Gervonta “Tank” Davis has plenty to prove tonight when he faces Hugo Ruiz to defend his junior lightweight title on Showtime. He has to prove he deserves the acclaim that’s followed him for most of his career. He has to prove that he’s begun to act more professionally. And he has to prove he deserves high-money fights with the likes of Miguel Berchelt, Francisco Vargas or Tevin Farmer.

First, though, he has to get past Ruiz—who fought just three weeks ago on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner undercard, winning a wide unanimous decision. Yes, Ruiz (39-4, 33 KOs) is moving up in weight to face Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), but the late replacement for Abner Mares—who had to pull out of the Davis fight about 10 days ago with an eye injury—is five inches taller than Davis and seems to have more power than Mares.

He’s also filled with confidence.

“Out of my 39 wins, 33 of them are knockouts so I can say with confidence that I can knock out Gervonta Davis,” Ruiz said. “No fighter is invincible and that’s a really possible outcome on Saturday.

“Gervonta Davis is a great fighter. I’ve watched him fight and I know that he’s a very strong fighter with a lot in his arsenal. There’s a reason why he’s a world champion right now but we know what we’re looking for. We have the hunger and the ambition to be triumphant. We have everything we need to beat Gervonta.”

Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz weights odds purses

Even though he had to weigh in nude behind a banner, Gervonta Davis missed weight on his first attempt. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)GETTY

Davis, though, is the heavy favorite, and if he doesn’t win convincingly, the night probably will be seen as a disappointment. It hasn’t started great either. Eighteen months after Davis lost his 130-pound title on the scales for being overweight before getting a mediocre win vs. Francisco Fonseca, he was overweight on his first attempt for this fight on Friday. He weighed 130.2 pounds, temporarily putting his title belt and the title fight in jeopardy. Within the hour, though, he returned and made weight, stepping on the scale at 129.8 pounds.

“I was in New York for the [Keith] Thurman fight about three weeks ago and got off track a little bit,” Davis said. “I was heavy there, but once I got back into the groove and back to training it was fine. I feel fine. Making 130 is not a problem. It’s not a distraction. I feel fine. I’m not dehydrated and my face isn’t sunken. I’ll be ready to go [Saturday].”

Either way, Forbes will be here for the night, giving our round-by-round thoughts, explanations and unofficial scoring on the Showtime card.

As you wait for the bouts to begin, here’s more recent Forbes boxing coverage.

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