Though Gervonta”Tank” Davis is thought to have the ability of a top-10 pound for pound fighter, he’s had an inactive previous 18 months. On Saturday on Showtime a late replacement for opponent Abner Mares, against Hugo Diaz, Davis has the opportunity to showcase the reason.
Diaz, though, will have something to say about that. He fought three weeks back about 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 domain –he held a belt at junior featherweight–while Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) attempts to defend his junior lightweight title for the first time in his most recent reign.
There are plenty of reasons to watch Davis vs. Ruiz. Here are three of them.
1) Will Mares to Ruiz be a problem? : After Mares pulled out with an accident 10 days prior to the fight, Ruiz was called in to fight for Davis’ title. It is a type of fighter for Davis who’s 5-10 and who also has hitting power compared to Mares. Davis’ camp has adhered to the same routine and he said he is convinced he’s prepared for the opponent switch. “This Circle I actually sparred distinct type of men,” Davis explained. “I sparred somebody that has come after mepersonally. He was taller with a reach, so because today I needed it, I thank him for the job. To whatever was facing us we’ll adapt. I am just excited to see what he attracts Feb. 9.”
2) How will Ruiz’s recent fight affect him? : Three weeks ago, Ruiz dominated Alberto Guevara, his replacement competition, winning a decision that was huge. It is difficult to say whether recent bout will help him (he is in shape and will not be rusty) or hurt him (he could be exhausted and tired after going 10 rounds). Ruiz said it’ll be the former. Interestingly enough, Ruiz said he returned to instruction 3 days. “I usually take max five days away a week following a fight but using this struggle with Guevara there was actually not that far physical abuse from my part,” he explained. “I didn’t get that lots of hard hits. So I started training straight away.” Turns out that was a fortuitous decision.
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