Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz

Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz

Unbeaten Gervonta Davis retained his WBA super-featherweight title with a first-round knockout win over former champion Hugo Ruiz.

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.

Junior lightweight world titleholder Gervonta "Tank" Davis could be back in the ring as soon as April - but not for an official fight. The retired five-division champion obviously is biased, but Mayweather seems genuinely confident he can bring along the 24-year-old Davis at a similar deliberate pace that Mayweather took to becoming the richest athlete in the history of professional sports. He got an exhibition bout with the guy Tenshin in Japan, in April.

'Yes, exhibition bout. April is Tenshin and May is the real fight, ' he added. He said afterward he wants to fight at least three more times this year.

"I'm extremely proud of Tank", Mayweather said.

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Baltimore's Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) made a reported $1 million purse for quickly stopping Hugo Ruiz, though his total take from this "Showtime Championship Boxing" main event is believed to be more than that.

The fight itself was half the story as the over 8,000 people in attendance, mostly came for Davis whether to cheer or boo, they were invested in his fight.

"We're thinking May (for his next fight), if that's OK with him, ' Mayweather told reporters when asked about Davis" plans.

The Japanese was unceremoniously beaten by Mayweather on New Year's Eve, who needed just 136 seconds to force Tenshin's corner to throw in the towel.

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