Gervonta Davis knocks our Hugo Ruiz in first round to retain title

Gervonta Davis knocks our Hugo Ruiz in first round to retain title

Gervonta Davis retained his World Boxing Association super featherweight world title with a vicious first-round knockout of former world champion Hugo Ruiz on Sunday.

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.

Davis got the knockout by landing a devastating right hook to the nose of Ruiz causing him to fall to his knees and enough blood the referee stepped in to stop the fight. I favored Davis to win, but a draw is fair since it was a great fight and could possibly headline a Mayweather Promotions card in Sam's Town in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Davis kept his WBA super world super-featherweight belt with the win.

And it appears Mayweather is setting up another exhibition bout for Nasukawa. He is fighting Tenshin in an exhibition match in Japan, in RIZIN.

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Unbeaten star Gervonta Davis will have an exhibition bout against Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in April, Floyd Mayweather confirmed.

'Yes, exhibition bout. April is Tenshin and May is the real fight, ' he added.

"The opponent change didn't really affect me", Davis said this week.

In the co-feature, Mario Barrios recorded his seventh knockout in a row, all of which have come since joining Virgil Hunter's stable of fighters in Hayward, CA. "He's gotta stay on the right path, though, and he has to listen because out of all the fighters in boxing right now, I'm the only one that knows what it takes to become that household name and to make nine figures in one night".

Super welterweight Erickson Lubin retired Ishe Smith after dropping him four times, coach Eddie Mustafa Muhammad had seen enough and called the bout after three rounds, two of which Smith hit the canvas in.