WBA super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis is gearing up for a collision with former world champion Hugo Ruiz.
The contest takes place on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif. and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Showtime will televise.
For Davis, it’s going to be his first bout in nearly a year. He was last in action back in April, when he blew away Jesus Cuellar in one round.
Davis was originally scheduled to meet three division world champion Abner Mares, who withdrew with detached retina last week. Ruiz was more than happy to step in on short notice.
His promoter, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, believes his fighter is going to be a major superstar in the sport.
“Gervonta Davis has reached goals beyond just the boxing ring. I know the impact that Gervonta has on the youth all around the world. When it comes to excitement, explosiveness and knockout power, this is something new that the fans are getting a chance to witness,” Ellerbe said.
“At the young age of 24, fans have come to know Gervonta for his punching power. But he’s also a very skilled boxer. This is one of the things that he’ll be able to showcase moving forward in a number of big fights he’s going to have.
“We know he has a tough challenge in front of him. Anytime you have a last minute replacement who’s an excellent fighter, it’s a big challenge. Ruiz is an aggressive fighter and we expect nothing but a great fight.
“Gervonta Davis has the full arsenal. In my opinion, he’s the most exciting fighter and the biggest puncher in the entire sport. It takes more than knockout power and I think you’ll see an array of his skillset.”