The young brash fighter who goes by the nickname ‘Tank’, WBA Junior-Lightweight world Champion Gervonta Davis (20-0-0, 19KO) headlines a card on Showtime boxing, and was originally billed to fight popular 3-division world titlist Abner Mares, but word got out on January 30th about an apparent injury that Mares suffered in sparring, so he had to pull out of the fight.
Stepping in will be pugilist, former Super-Bantamweight titlist Hugo Ruiz (39-4-0, 33KO) to take this world title opportunity on a 10-day short notice.
In all honesty, this development may be a blessing in disguise in totality, being that the Davis/Mares bout didn’t make any sense to begin with.
The thought process surrounding that stems around a litany of reasons, such as Mares already being small for Featherweight with the inability to box outside, and has plenty of defensive deficiencies to exploit, taking on a full fledged Junior-Lightweight Champion in Davis, who is a very explosive counterpuncher, with the physique of a Lightweight, power of a Junior-Welterweight, and a significant speed advantage for the larger man in the match-up. As for Ruiz, he steps in, and will roll the dice at a heavier weight.
Tune into Showtime Saturday night to see how it all pans out, live on Showtime Championship Boxing.