Although Gervonta”Tank” Davis is believed to possess the ability of a top-10 pound for pound fighter, he’s had an inactive past 18 months. But on Saturday on Showtime a late replacement for original opponent Abner Mares, against Hugo Diaz, Davis gets the opportunity to showcase the reason some thought he could be the one.
Diaz will have something to say about that. He fought three weeks ago about the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner PPV bout, and he’s about five inches taller than Davis. Diaz (39-4, 33 KOs) will attempt to win another domain –he held a belt in junior featherweight–while Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) attempts to defend his junior lightweight title for the first time in his latest reign.
There are plenty of reasons to see Davis vs. Ruiz. Listed below are three of them.
1) Will going from Mares to Ruiz be a problem? : Following Mares pulled out with an accident 10 days Ruiz was called in to fight Davis’ title. It is who and a different style of fighter for Davis — that, in 5-foot-5, might have to contend with a fighter who’s 5-10 also has hitting power compared to Mares. Davis’ camp has stuck to the same routine and he said he is convinced he’s ready for the competitor switch. “This camp I really sparred different kind of men,” Davis explained. “I sparred somebody that’s come after mepersonally. He was taller with a reach, so because now it was needed by me, I thank him. To whatever was in front of us we’ll adapt. I’m just eager to see what he attracts Feb. 9.”
2) How can Ruiz’s recent fight affect him? : Three weeks ago, Ruiz dominated his replacement competition, Alberto Guevara, winning a unanimous decision that was huge. It’s hard to say whether recent bout will help him (he is in shape and will not be rusty) or hurt him (he could be exhausted and tired after going 10 rounds). Ruiz said it will be the former. Interestingly , Ruiz said he returned to instruction 3 days after his success. “I usually take maximum five days away a week after a struggle but using this fight with Guevara there was actually not that much physical abuse from my part,” he said. “I didn’t get that many hard hits. So I started training right away.” Turns out that was a fortuitous decision.
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