Gervonta Davis 21 (20 KOs)-0-0 defeated Hugo Ruiz 39 (33 KOs)-5 (4 KOs)-0 on Saturday by 1st round knockout retaining his WBA Super-World Super Featherweight title at the Dignity Heath Sports Park, California on Showtime.
What can you say with a first round knockout? Davis looked every bit of his class against an overmatched opponent. Yes, Abner Mares would have been a sterner test for the Baltimore man, but Davis scythed through Ruiz barely taking a punch and his stock will only rise from here.
As the bell sounded Davis took the center of the ring and never really let go of it, using the jab to push Ruiz back towards the ropes. What I’m most impressed with Davis isn’t his power, or even his speed, but it’s his footwork and shot variety. Ruiz had to worry about jabs coming his way, but every so often Davis throws in a straight left or right hook downstairs, and to try and work out which way the shot is coming from is nearly impossible. Ruiz had his nose bloodied about ninety seconds into the bout and a one, two, three with a right hook was enough to send Ruiz to the canvas albeit with a delayed reaction.
Could Ruiz have continued, perhaps, did he want to, definitely not, Jack Rees made the correct call saving a fighter who was too prideful to say he has had enough, and Davis looks to a possible future unification with Tevin Farmer. But, if people have forgotten about Gervonta Davis fighting after only once in 2018, Davis is starting 2019 the right way indeed, with speed, flash and power to boot.
On the undercard Mario Barrios 23 (15 KOs)-0-0 remains undefeated with a 4th round KO against Richard Zamora 19 (12 KOs)-3 (3 KOs)-0, and Erickson Lubin 20 (15 KOs)-1 (1 KO)-0 beats forty-year-old Ishe Smith 29 (12 KOs)-11 (1 KO)-0 in three rounds stopping him for the first time.