• Published: 10 February 2019
    CARSON, Calif., (February 9, 2019) – Gervonta Davis defended his WBA Super Featherweight World Championship with a thrilling first-round TKO of former world champion Hugo Ruiz before a sellout crowd of 8,048 at Dignity Health Sports Park Saturday non SHOWTIME.
    Knockdown video highlight:

    Baltimore’s Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) recorded his eighth career first-round knockout as referee Jack Reiss called off the fight with one second remaining in the first round following a devastating sweeping right hook by Davis connected cleanly and sent Ruiz (39-5, 32 KOs) down to his knees.

    Davis, who entered the ring to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, wasted little time showing why he is one of boxing rising super stars with his impressive fourth win in a world title fight. The 24-year-old Davis is the youngest U.S.-born world titlist in boxing and was headlining for the first time.

    With his promoter Floyd Mayweather looking on, Davis made quick work of his late-replacement opponent. “I knew it was coming,” he said. “I wanted to go more rounds, but I knew if I got him out of there early I could fight again sooner. When I touched the jab I saw his arm was in front of his face so if I threw a hook or uppercut it was right in line.”

    Davis, who has now stopped his last 12 opponents, connected on 50 percent of his power punches, just under the 51 percent power accuracy he logged in his last four fights.

    The late substitute 32-year-old Ruiz was fighting for the second time in three weeks as he replaced the injured Abner Mares. Ruiz was used to being on the other side of first-round knockouts having recorded 18 of his own during his career.

    "As soon as he started landing punches, I could feel them,” Ruiz said. “I have a lot of first round knock outs, today was my turn to lose in the first round. It happens in boxing.”

    Next up for Davis could be the winner of the March 2 Ricardo Nunez-Edner Cherry WBA Eliminator on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center. “We could do that,” Davis said. “At the end of the day I’m a fighter. I’m a fighter and I have a great team. One of the best in the sport. I believe in my team and whatever they line up, I’m ready.

    Davis told SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray he’s ready for a sweet homecoming for his next fight. “Yes, sir. We’re coming to Baltimore. We’re going home, baby.”

    SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN featured two live undercard fights on social media platforms leading into the televised tripleheader. Former world title challenger Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs) knocked down Ishe Smith (29-11, 12 KOs) a total of four times before the fight was stopped at the end of round three in a scheduled 10-round super welterweight bout. Undefeated super lightweight Juan Heraldez (16-0, 10 KOs) stopped Eddie Ramirez (17-3, 11 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled 10-round fight.




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Comments • 192

  • Jamarcus Purifoy
    Jamarcus Purifoy  2 months back

    Y'all are haters and don't know the sport of boxing..tank needs to get more fights under his belt to build his purse..Floyd is his promoter and gonna take care of need to rush anything

    • habcollector
      habcollector  2 months back

      I don't get the hate. Abner was hurt, it was this or nothing. People lets be boxing fans release the race hate. Enjoy the performance and lets hope Abner gets better and we get another great 2 more opponents for Tank this year.

      • Gerardo Cardosoperez
        Gerardo Cardosoperez  2 months back

        Who da hell is talkin bad about tank?

        • Lawrence P
          Lawrence P  2 months back

          These dudes acting like bitches mad Tank beat that ass he shouldn't of signed contract tank didn't force him to fight even tho he had held a belt before Tank is the champ undefeated belts rich you men hating on GD that's some fun boy shit

          • First Boss
            First Boss  2 months back

            Tank vs Teofimo Lopez

            • David Maez
              David Maez  2 months back

              Tank vs. The Take Over..word. !!!

              • roland markland
                roland markland  2 months back

                Expect the same people that are crying over this will be crying when Spence gives Mikey that same work.

                • Rich Muttsmusic
                  Rich Muttsmusic  2 months back

                  Question for everyone who is pushing for lomo fight.

                  If you took the logic from the Floyd vs canelo fight...

                  Wouldn’t tank be too young and inexperienced for lomo. He is 23 years. Around the same age canelo was when fighting Floyd.

                  Just checking to see if double standards are active.

                  FYI- I personally believe it will be a good fight right now. If they fought.

                  • Rich Muttsmusic
                    Rich Muttsmusic  2 months back

                    Damn anything associated with Floyd gets hate. Lolol decades of hate. Lololol.

                    • T. H.
                      T. H.  2 months back

                      Abner mares pulled out cause his eye fucked up
                      But I think tank will still beat mares
                      Tank needs to fight better fighters not no fighter that will get knocked out in 1 round

                      • T. H.
                        T. H.  2 months back

                        I would like to see tank fight teofimo Lopez, Mickey Garcia, lomachenko.

                        • Jack Chisholm
                          Jack Chisholm  2 months back

                          T. H. Clearly there in a different weight class

                      • Mman
                        Mman  2 months back

                        Salute to Tank, a certified killer. Too bad Floyd & his cute boots won’t let the young warrior fight the best.

                        • brother Enoch Israel
                          brother Enoch Israel  2 months back

                          I agree but take me to shake them haters off did you see Adrien Broner given him the day day lip at the end of the fight he better watch him and Easter cuz they losses and they jealous

                          • In2deep Sosa
                            In2deep Sosa  2 months back

                            Tank locked at his glove 🥊 suspect hope was a clean fight nice performance from tank

                            • the redd
                              the redd  2 months back

                              Let’s see unification or loma. Enough of these little ass fighters who have no chance against tank. Floyd be treating tank like ggg 🤣 no more ducking

                              • cousin strawberry
                                cousin strawberry  2 months back

                                Tank is everything Broner wishes he was

                                • Loose Bills
                                  Loose Bills  2 months back

                                  broner was the same way, looked good beating lesser guys, until he stepped up comp

                              • Joel 3:6-7 Solomon 1:5
                                Joel 3:6-7 Solomon 1:5  2 months back

                                Let the excuses come in lol. He had no power, he was too tall, he was too ugly, he was too small lol.

                                • Donnie Johnson
                                  Donnie Johnson  2 months back

                                  Mikey is next to be beat .

                                  • MoparMadness
                                    MoparMadness  2 months back

                                    Lol dream on nigga, Mickey would destroy this fool.

                                • aspeck360
                                  aspeck360  2 months back

                                  Y Ruiz thought he could beat little mike Tyson

                                  • jose garcia
                                    jose garcia  2 months back

                                    A super bantamweight vs a welterweight 😂😂😂 now go fight loma , oh wait! He won't. He's learning from his promoter how to 🍒pick. Just look how long Gayweather ran from Pacquiao.

                                  • StevieB 805Oxnard
                                    StevieB 805Oxnard  2 months back

                                    Tank ain’t face no real comp this dude was mediocre at 126 cmon tank I like your style and swag step that comp up bruh

                                    • StrawHat Luffy
                                      StrawHat Luffy  2 months back

                                      Mexicans nowhere to be found

                                      • Thomas McShane
                                        Thomas McShane  2 months back

                                        People acting like tank a beast but he just beat a 122 pounder who came in on. Short notice dude hasn’t fought a guy with real power at 130 yet.

                                        • Jack Chisholm
                                          Jack Chisholm  2 months back

                                          Thomas McShane ur a fucking clown stfu

                                        • Island Star TV
                                          Island Star TV  2 months back

                                          +Thomas McShane Ruiz is 5'10 with 72 inch reach, Tank is 5'5 with 67 inch reach, WHERE IS THIS SAME ADVANTAGE YOU SPEAK OFF YOU FUCKING MORON
                                          Loma had size and reach over all his opponents accept for Pendraza and Linares, and you see how had problems in both those fights
                                          Tank destroyed Pendraza without trying, Loma took all his effort

                                        • Island Star TV
                                          Island Star TV  2 months back

                                          +Thomas McShane lmao he's bigger than tank you dumb ass are yuo blind, its a mismatch because tank is that much better igamboa next what other excuses do you have, loma v.s sosa was a size mismatch just like rigondeux but you have no problem with that lmao, pit

                                      • Anakin Cloutwalker
                                        Anakin Cloutwalker  2 months back

                                        Tank Max out at 140 . He’s the only small guy I can see beating loma give him 1 more year and he will def be ready

                                        • Tomato Head
                                          Tomato Head  2 months back

                                          Same would of happened to Marez. Tank easily can unify at 130-135. Freakish power for his weight class.

                                          • Tomato Head
                                            Tomato Head  2 months back

                                            Maria Hernandez no one is talking shit just my opinion. I’m Hispanic by the way but there’s a reason for weight classes. Plus he only missed it by 0.2 lb if you box you know you can run and be spirting and easily get that off. I believe tank needs a good name before he steps up with Loma. But the way Mayweather promotions is steering him doesn’t look to good like him being off one year.

                                          • Maria Hernandez
                                            Maria Hernandez  2 months back

                                            Tomato Head dude seriously Gunna talk shit about mares Davis can't make 130 he is a 135 and fight nite he will go to 150 160 lbs he should fight Loma or teofimo Lopez but he is under gayweather so they Gunna pick nothing but cherries we saw that thru gayweather career so stfp

                                        • Jose Rivera
                                          Jose Rivera  2 months back

                                          Teofimo Lopez next or wtf stop fighting little duds who have to come up on weight

                                          • Jose Rivera
                                            Jose Rivera  2 months back

                                            Isoke Nichols not me I love boxing and I think he is a great fighter but I don’t c no one on the weight class to give hem some trouble I think he need to move up on weight ....

                                          • Isoke Nichols
                                            Isoke Nichols  2 months back

                                            Jose Rivera i wasnt making it about race. I just seen alot of post that mexicans made,saying ruiz gonna knock tank out, and tank hasnt fought any one with that type of power.

                                        • El J
                                          El J  2 months back

                                          The Tank is back ⚡️⚡️⚡️

                                          • MoparMadness
                                            MoparMadness  2 months back

                                            +Sosa Moore Pedraza was definitely a fucking bum, so was Ruiz.

                                          • Sosa Moore
                                            Sosa Moore  2 months back

                                            Adrian Veidt they talk about him like he didn't already lose to a average salido but im not gona make em cry lmao

                                          • Adrian Veidt
                                            Adrian Veidt  2 months back

                                            Sosa Moore that "bum" totally fucked up their savior, hypechenko. 😂😂

                                          • Sosa Moore
                                            Sosa Moore  2 months back

                                            Tierra Cooper i guess pezdra was a bum too but not when he lost against lomo right? gtfoh

                                        • Csm. Hb Jdogg
                                          Csm. Hb Jdogg  2 months back

                                          TANK IQ underrated he adjust fast and his power is serious. Ruiz pack is definitely busted 😂😂😂💪🏾🥊🥊 #NewMedia