Although Gervonta”Tank” Davis is believed to have the ability of a top-10 pound for pound fighter, he has had an inactive previous 18 months. On Saturday on Showtime a late replacement for original opponent Abner Mares, against Hugo Diaz, Davis gets the chance to showcase the reason some thought he might be the one.
Diaz, however, will have something to say about that. He fought on 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 try to win another world title–he held a belt in junior featherweight–while Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) attempts to shield his junior lightweight title for the first time in his most recent reign.
There are loads of reasons to watch Davis vs. Ruiz. Here are just three of these.
1) Will Mares to Ruiz be a problem? : After Mares pulled out with an injury 10 days Ruiz was called in to fight Davis’ title. It’s who and a type of fighter for Davis who is 5-10 also has significantly more punching power than Mares. Davis’ camp has adhered to the exact same routine and he said he’s confident he is ready for the competitor switch. “This camp I actually sparred distinct kind of guys,” Davis said. “I sparred somebody that’s come after mepersonally. He was much taller with a longer reach, so I thank him for the work because it was needed by me. We are going to adapt to whatever was in front of us. I’m just eager to see what he brings Feb. 9.”
2) How can Ruiz’s recent fight affect him? : Three months before, Ruiz dominated his own replacement competition, Alberto Guevara, winning a huge unanimous decision. It’s hard to say whether that recent bout will help him (he’s in shape and will not be rusty) or hurt him (he could be tired and weary after going 10 rounds). Naturally, Ruiz said it’ll be the former. Interestingly , Ruiz said he returned to instruction three days. “I usually take max five days off a week following a struggle but with this fight with Guevara there was really not that far physical abuse from my part,” he said. “I did not get that lots of hard hits. So I started training straight away.” Turns out that was a choice.
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