Gervonta Davis kicks off his 2019 on Saturday when he defends his WBA super featherweight championship against Hugo Ruiz at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) was supposed to take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares, but Mares pulled out last week because of what had been described as an elbow injury. There was more to the story, though: Mares revealed Sunday on “Inside PBC Boxing” that he suffered a detached retina in his right eye during a training session and that that was the real reason he pulled out of the fight.
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Promoters scoured for a replacement and Ruiz wound up being chosen.
The 30-year-old Ruiz (39-4, 33 KOs) is a former bantamweight and super bantamweight champion. Most recently, he moved to featherweight and defeated Alberto Guevara by unanimous decision on the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner undercard in January.
Ruiz is a solid fighter who will provide a harder test than most think, but Davis should win. That being said, it’s a fight, so you can never fully count anyone out.
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— Floyd Mayweather is quite arguably the biggest boxing star of this generation. Gervonta Davis feels that someday he will surpass his mentor and promoter.
— Davis has endured plenty of obstacles of own his making. If he stays on the straight and narrow, the sky is the limit.
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