Though Gervonta”Tank” Davis is believed to possess the talent of a top-10 pound for pound fighter, he has had an inactive previous 18 months. But on Saturday on Showtime against Hugo Diaz, a late replacement for opponent Abner Mares, Davis gets the opportunity to showcase the reason.
Diaz, though, will have something to say about that. He fought three months back 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 attempt to win another world title–he held a belt at junior featherweight–while Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) attempts to shield his junior lightweight title for the first time at his most recent reign.
There are plenty of reasons to see Davis vs. Ruiz. Listed below are just three of them.
1) Will Mares to Ruiz be a problem? : After Mares pulled out with an injury 10 days before the battle, Ruiz was called into fight Davis’ title. It is who and a different type of fighter for Davis — that, in 5-foot-5, might have to contend with a fighter who is 5-10 and has punching power than Mares. Davis’ camp has stuck to the routine and he said he’s convinced he’s ready for the competitor switch. “This camp I actually sparred distinct kind of men,” Davis explained. “I sparred someone that’s come after mepersonally. He was taller with a reach, so because today it was needed by me, I thank him. To whatever was facing us 12, we are going to adapt. I’m just excited to see what he brings Feb. 9.”
2) How can Ruiz’s recent struggle affect him? : Three weeks before, Ruiz dominated his own replacement opponent, Alberto Guevara, winning a decision that was huge. It’s hard to say whether that recent bout will help him (he is in shape and will not be rusty) or hurt him (he is exhausted and tired after going 10 rounds). Naturally, Ruiz said it will be the former. Interestingly enough, Ruiz said he returned to training only 3 days. “I usually take maximum five days away a week following a fight but using this struggle with Guevara there was really not that much physical abuse in my part,” he said. “I didn’t get that many hard hits. So I started training straight away.” Turns out that was a decision.
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