Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz: Fight date, time, price, how to watch and live stream, Gervonta Davis kicks off his 2019 when he defends the WBA super featherweight championship against Hugo Ruiz on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Gervonta Davis vs Hugo Ruiz
Saturday, Februbary 9, 2019
10PM ET / 7PM PT
LIVE ON SHOWTIME
Originally, Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) was supposed to take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares. But Mares pulled out last week to what had been described as an elbow injury. There was more to the story, though, as Mares revealed Sunday on “Inside PBC Boxing” that he suffered a detached retina in his right eye during a training session and that was the real reason for pulling out of the fight. Scouring for a replacement, Ruiz wound up being chosen.
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Davis is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport and perhaps the best at 130 pounds. The issue with Davis has been any time he seemingly gains momentum, something happens to halt it. After demolishing Jose Pedraza to win the IBF title in January 2017, Davis followed it up four months later by going to England and stopping Liam Walsh in three rounds. Then, he got put in the high profile position to be on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor card against Francisco Fonseca in August 2017. Davis, though, showed up missing weight by two pounds and was subsequently stripped of the belt.
He returned from an eight-month layoff and knocked down Jesús Cuellar three times to win by third-round TKO and capture the WBA belt. For reasons unknown, Davis didn’t step inside the ring for the remainder of 2018 even though he made it clear on social media that he wanted to fight. The 24-year-old has vowed that starting with Saturday’s clash with Ruiz that he will fight three times in 2019.Watch Now