Hugo Ruiz In For Mares Against Davis
As reported earlier on Tuesday, Gervonta Davis was left with out an opponent on February 9th, following an injury to former world champion Abner Mares. But promoters were able to act quick to preserve the main event for the card at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California
Hugo Ruiz has stepped in to replace Mares, in a WBA super featherweight championship for a Showtime Championship Boxing broadcast, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Ruiz who held the super bantamweight title in 2015, picked up a win two weeks ago against Alberto Guevara on the Pacquiao-Broner card, dropping Guevara in the opening minute and taking a decision win.
“I trained for three months to fight a southpaw when I fought in January,” said Ruiz of a cancelled interim title fight against Jhack Tepora, who missed weight. “When the opponent changed, it was hard to adjust in 24 hours. After the fight I immediately went back to the gym, because you never know what’s going to happen in boxing. I’m 100 percent ready to knockout Gervonta Davis.”
“Hugo Ruiz has another opportunity to fight for a world title because he’s demonstrated that he’s devoted to boxing and his career,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, Ruiz’s Promoter. “He went right back to the gym after his last fight. He’s ready for another great opportunity to be a world champion and he’s going to take advantage of that opportunity.”
“I’m not going to sugarcoat this. I’m disappointed and devastated that I’ve injured my right elbow in sparring,” Mares said while confirming a right elbow injury suffered in training. “This is something that I haven’t had happen to me during my career and the feeling is just horrible. I will be going to see my doctor about this and am prepared to follow whatever recommendations and rehab that gets me back into the ring. I’m healthy, not afraid of doing the work and I will be back. This is a temporary setback. Don’t count me out.”
“Boxing is a sport of brains, passion and physical punishment,” said Mares’ trainer Robert Garcia. “When you’re in the ring sparring with talented, top-class sparring partners, the chances of injuries are very high. That was the situation in this case. He was sparring top young fighters and he injured his elbow. He cannot fight like that, especially in a fight against Davis.”