Gervonta “Tank” Davis 20 (19 KOs)-0-0 defends his WBA Super World Super-Featherweight belt against late replacement Hugo Ruiz 39 (33 KOs)-4 (3 KOs)-0 at the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson California on Showtime.

When someone asks for the most entertaining fighters in the sport today a few names would likely be on repeat be it: Canelo, Khan, or Lomachenko but a name that does not often come up is Gervonta Davis, and after watching him regularly you see that he is a fighter who seemingly does the impossible of entertaining both fans of “pure” boxing and the fans who prefer the more Gatti Ward type fights.

This is an unfortunate thing however since following the move from Lomachenko up to Lightweight Davis is a little short of big-name opponents, there have been talks of a unification fight with Tevin Farmer, that would certainly please the hardcores, but in terms of big names with big cash it’s either at 135 or down in the absolutely stacked featherweight division. As mentioned previously though this is not to say that Davis even against the mid-tier opposition is boring to watch, he really is the type of fighter that Adrien Broner should have become.

Fighting out of the southpaw stance Davis is a natural counter puncher who sometimes uses a shoulder roll to land a lightning fast left hand. You can tell when he is in the ring that he does wait and watch what the opponent does and adjust accordingly, but though he is a counter puncher he is one of those fighters who doesn’t really look like they want to land punches to score points he is looking to knock you clean out.

Once Davis does land, most often with the left, he will unload a barrage of shots mixing it both up to the head and body. The most impressive thing about Davis though is the variety of his work, he has a very snappy southpaw jab that he can use, a lovely left uppercut that he counters with, think how McGregor uses it in the UFC, and does really sink in the body shots well. In terms of weaknesses there really isn’t too much to go on to be honest, and while you can say that’s because he hasn’t fought opposition great enough to expose them, he has fought good solid names like Jose Pedraza and Jesus Cuellar, and they didn’t really ruffle his feathers too much. To do well against Davis you’re going to need a solid chin because you will get caught at some point in the fight, and a solid jab. Perhaps you can keep him countering air as he does only stand at 5 foot 5 but you’re going to have to be very wary of being lazy leading off and getting countered.

This leads nicely onto Hugo Ruiz a very late replacement for Abner Mares after he suffered a detached retina. Ruiz is stepping in only three weeks after his last fight on the Pacquiao Broner undercard, and while he didn’t look bad, his lack of ring IQ in closing the range may be his downfall. Ruiz stands at 5 foot 9, tall for a Super Feather but he doesn’t actually use that height. When I first saw him, he almost reminded me of a poor mans Jorge Linares, quite upright, and very fast hands in combinations on the inside. The issue is how he gets on the inside, Ruiz is hardly the most fleet footed fighter, and the lack of a jab means that getting into effective range will be extremely difficult against Davis, who does have underrated feet. Coupled with the fact that Ruiz is moving up a weight coming into this fight the cards are definitely stacked against the Mexican.

To be honest I can’t see this fight lasting too long, maybe three rounds. On watching Ruiz he is tall but he stands straight up and with slow feet and a lack of a jab Davis is going to light him up on the way in, and the body shots should be there all night for the Baltimore man. The combination of skills, power, and spitefulness should be too much for the Mexican who will come forward early on and look to get those hands going but should fall fairly easily in trying to get there.

If Davis does pull through the Tevin Farmer fight would be a really interesting match of two slick but very different styles, and one that the boxing hardcores if not all the casuals will be relishing.

On the undercard Mario Barrios 22 (14 KOs)-0-0 faces Mexican Richard Zamora 19 (12 KOs)-2 (2 KOs)-0 at Super-Lightweight with Erickson Lubin 19 (14 KOs)-1 (1 KO)-0 taking on Ishe Smith 29 (12 KOs)-10 (0 KOs)-0.


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