Boxing Even with a different opponent , Gervonta Davis’ path to true superstardom is not easy Can Davis overcome a last-minute opponent that may be his toughest fighter to date? by Daniel Yanofsky February 9, 2019 As Gervonta Davis heads into his title fight against Hugo Ruiz, one has to wonder if the last-minute change to the Showtime main event will have any lasting effects on the young fighter. While he has impressed so far, Davis has a true challenge on his hands. Davis’ (20-0) original opponent, Abner Mares, had to back out of the fight at the last possible second due to injury. Ruiz (39-4) is as different of a fighter compared to any you may know about, which is ultimately what can deter several boxing fans from rooting for Davis. As the young guard, however, anything to him is worth fighting for. “I was just watching Hugo Ruiz as I came in here,” Davis stated at the pre-fight press conference. “All I know is that he is fast, he has some speed. It looked like he has some power and good timing. I actually think that this is not a walk in the park, like people think. The fact that this is a late change doesn’t concern me because once I get in there, I’ll be able to make adjustments. I’m ready.” The former WBC Super Bantamweight and WBA Interim Bantamweight Champion, Ruiz (39-4) has won three in a row heading into this fight. With 33 wins via KO, Ruiz’s power can strike fear into the mind of any normal man. Davis is no ordinary man, though. The contest between two 129-pound fighters may very well steal the show, without even trying. For Ruiz, he has basically been training for this contest for months, even if he didn’t realize it at first. “I had a fight in November where I was training for a lefty,” Ruiz stated. “I then had another fight in January where I was preparing for a lefty. They changed my opponent last minute but I was still ready to go. I’ve been preparing for a lefty for five months and I think that’s a huge advantage for me.” Ruiz owns 18 first round knockouts. Davis has seven, something to look out for if you care about those type of numbers. Preparing for a power-puncher can be hard, one that Davis is seemingly excited for. Boxing is always an unpredictable sport. What will happen when the young gun steps into the ring with someone who could be his toughest opponent to date? Expect fireworks, and maybe, a few surprises along the way. Prediction: Davis via KO (round six) Post Views: 1,117 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Daniel Yanofsky Baseball Editor, Misc. Sports Editor. Covers all things combat sports (MMA, Pro Wrestling and Boxing). When he's not writing, Daniel hosts a podcast, The Main Event. Latest posts by Daniel Yanofsky (see all) Mets hire Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltran as manager - January 23, 2020 An Outsider’s 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot - January 21, 2020 A Wild Yo Sighting: Yoenis Cespedes participates in running, fielding and hitting drills - January 21, 2020 Following Conor McGregor’s win at UFC 246, is “The King” truly back? - January 20, 2020 Related TopicsAbner MaresBoxingGervonta DavisHugo Ruizmayweather promotionsShowtimeshowtime boxing Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 XFL Co-Owner Dany Garcia Talks Business, Serving Others at espnW Women + Sports Summit by Candace Cordelia | posted on October 23, 2020 Women in Sports Interview Series: It’s a sure bet with Philadelphia native, Erin Kate Dolan (VIDEO) by Denise Gonzalez | posted on March 17, 2020 From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020 No Shame in Their Game – Female Mixed Martial Artists Use Onlyfans to Make Money by Brandon Berrios | posted on December 4, 2020 More in Boxing The Mockery of A Sport: Paul vs. Askren Jake Paul and Ben Askren are set to fight tonight, and as a fan... Poirier McGregor Trilogy Is a Hot Ticket but is the Donation Beef a Show? Before UFC 257, Conor McGregor predicted that he would win the fight, but more... The Paul Brothers are Bad for Combat Sports Obviously this is just my opinion, but with Jake Paul and Logan Paul getting... Floyd Mayweather Set to Square Up Against Logan Paul The richest athlete in the world is about to add to his north of... Both Sean Monaghan and Callum Johnson look to get back on track on March 9th Matchroom Boxing card After defeating Josesito Lopez, should Keith Thurman face Manny Pacquiao next?