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Davis vs. Ruiz

Wild War! Beware of Cuatito, Davis vs. Ruiz Preview

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Mexico’s former World Boxing Association World Bantamweight champion and World Boxing Council World Super Bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, is nicknamed ‘Cuatito’, and has a nearly 80 percent knockout ratio, with 33 knockouts in his 39-4 professional record.

The Gervonta Davis camp may have made a mistake by taking Ruiz as a last-minute substitute to replace the injured Abner Mares on February 9, 2019, in defense of the 20-0 Davis’ World Boxing Association Super World Super Featherweight title at Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California. TGB Promotions, Tom Brown and USA Showtime will present as 16 bout card. Davis has 19 knockouts in 20 pro bouts, a 95 percent knockout ratio, but Ruiz represents a whole different level of challenge.

Ruiz knocked out WBC World Super Bantamweight champion Julio Ceja in only 51 seconds on February 27, 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, a wild demonstration of power hitting ability to immediately close the show in a world title bout.

Ruiz is also a fine technical fighter, and won nearly every round in his last bout, a ten round decision win over Alberto Guevara on January 19, 2019. It is a quick turnaround magnificent opportunity for Ruiz.

Davis, 20-0 with 19 knockouts, Baltimore, Maryland, has gone late in a bout only once, a ninth-round knockout win over Luis Sanchez in 2015 in Las Vegas. While Davis is predicted to win, he should fight cautiously, as Ruiz could get lucky. Ruiz has gone past the eighth round eight times, and is 1-1-1 in 12 round titular decisions. Ruiz’ best chance is to take Davis deep into the later round uncharted waters, and try to knock him out. This could be a wild war on USA Showtime, and the most difficult Davis fight to date.

SHOWTIME SPORTS TO LIVE STREAM ERICKSON LUBIN VS. ISHE SMITH AND JUAN HERALDEZ VS. EDDIE RAMIREZ UNDERCARD BOUTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AHEAD OF GERVONTA DAVIS VS. HUGO RUIZ EVENT
 
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN
Live on Saturday, February 9 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT On SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook Page From 
Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., Presented By 
Premier Boxing Champions
 
CARSON, Calif. (January 31, 2019) – SHOWTIME Sports will provide live streaming coverage of two undercard fights on the network’s social platforms on Saturday, February 9 from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, California and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Super welterweight contenderErickson Lubin will face former world champion Ishe Smith in a 10-round contest plus super lightweights Juan Heraldez and Eddie Ramirez will meetin a 10-round bout as part of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN.
The digital presentation will stream on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel andSHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT leading up to that evening’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event. The three-fight SHOWTIME telecast begins live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT headlined by super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis defending his title against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.
Tickets for the event, promoted by Mayweather Promotions, TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.


The 23-year-old Lubin (19-1, 14 KOs) returns to action after most recently stopping Silverio Ortiz last April in his first bout after losing his world title challenge against Jermell Charlo. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Lubin is now training in West Palm Beach with trainer Kevin Cunningham and will look to work back towards title contention in his first fight with Cunningham. Lubin was a top amateur who turned pro at 18-years-old and was both ESPN and The Ring’s Prospect of the Year in 2016.
The first Las Vegas-born fighter to capture a world title, Smith (29-10, 12 KOs) continues to challenge top super welterweights and most recently lost decision to WBC champion Tony Harrison and top contender Julian Williams. Prior to that, Smith had picked up victories over Frank Galarza and Tommy Rainone, while also picking up victories over Randall Bailey and Cornelius Bundrage.
The undefeated Heraldez (15-0, 9 KOs) continued to rise up the rankings in 2018 with a decision victory over Kevin Watts and a stoppage of Maynard Allison. Representing Las Vegas, the 28-year-old scored a unanimous decision victory over then unbeaten prospect Jose Miguel Borrego in his first 10-round bout last August on the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard.
Fighting out of Aurora, Illinois, Ramirez (17-2, 11 KOs) will return to action looking to bounce back from losses to former champions Argenis Mendez and Antonio DeMarco. The 26-year-old had previously picked up impressive victories over then unbeaten fighters Kevin Watts and Ryan Karl.


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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.