Ruiz crumbled to the canvas and battled back to his feet, but he was on such wobbly legs that referee Jack Reiss waived it off.
"Tonight I just wanted to put on a great performance", said Davis, who posted his 12th straight knockout. Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz is set February 9th as the main event pay-per-view fight.
Davis, a Floyd Mayweather protégé, was supposed to make the first defense of his second 130-pound title reign against popular three-division world titlist Abner Mares on his turf in Southern California, but Mares withdrew from the fight last week after suffering a detached retina in his right eye during a sparring session, followed by surgery. "When I touched him with the jab, I seen his arm was in front of his face, so I knew if I threw a hook or an uppercut, it was right there to land". Davis registered his 20th knockout win in 21 fights as Ruiz, who just fought and won against Alberto Guevarra on the Pacquiao-Broner undercard last January 19, didn't know what hit him.
It's exactly how he should've done it, given that Ruiz was a late replacement who'd fought less than a month ago, and only previous year moved up to featherweight from junior featherweight.
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"The opponent change didn't really affect me", Davis said this week. "It happens in boxing".
Floyd Mayweather was sat ringside and observed the 24-year-old extend his record to 21-0 with 20 KO wins. "I have three, probably four fights lined up this year".
Davis told SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray he's ready for a sweet homecoming for his next fight.
On Saturday, though, he was sharp and fast and far too much for Ruiz. "Yes, sir. We're coming to Baltimore".