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Gervonta Davis: Lomachenko Faced Smaller Guys More Than Once

By Keith Idec

Gervonta Davis has heard and read a lot of criticism about boxing a featherweight since Hugo Ruiz replaced Abner Mares as his opponent last week.

Ruiz will move up four pounds, from 126 to 130, to challenge Davis for the unbeaten Baltimore southpaw’s WBA “super” world super featherweight title Saturday night in Carson, California. Mexico’s Ruiz fought at featherweight just 2½ weeks ago, but at 5-feet-9½, Ruiz stands four full inches taller than Davis, who would’ve owned a one-inch height edge against Mares.

Now that he’s suddenly facing a significant height disadvantage, the 24-year-old Davis can’t understand why he is being criticized for fighting someone coming up only slightly in weight.

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Mares also would’ve moved up from 126 pounds to 130 to challenge Davis (20-0, 19 KOs). Ruiz (39-4, 33 KOs) is far less proven against top opposition than Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs), but he has a much better knockout ratio than the three-division champion who withdrew from the fight due to a serious eye injury.

Regardless, Davis just hopes those criticizing him remember that when Vasiliy Lomachenko was a 130-pound champion the current WBA 135-pound title-holder’s most noteworthy win came against a 122-pounder, Guillermo Rigondeaux. Lomachenko stopped Rigondeaux following six one-sided rounds in December 2017 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

In his previous fight, Ukraine’s Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) stopped another featherweight who had moved up, Miguel Marriaga, after the seventh round in August 2017.

“My mind was focused on Abner,” Davis said during a recent conference call. “Not to throw any other fighter under the bus, but Vasiliy Lomachenko, he fought someone that was two weight classes under him, and not only one time. He fought another person that was smaller than him, Rigondeaux and Miguel Marriaga.”

Davis realizes many boxing fans from Southern California were looking forward to him meeting Mares, a 2004 Mexican Olympian who’s popular in that region. Mares, 33, can’t face Davis because he sustained a career-threatening detached retina in his right eye in a sparring session late last month.

Ruiz is a lower-profile opponent than Mares, but he, too, is a native Mexican who resides in nearby Glendora, California.

“I just want to say I’m excited for February 9,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to my new opponent. Sorry to the fans who purchased tickets thinking that I was fighting Abner. My main focus was fighting Abner.

“February 9, I’m just trying to give them an action-packed fight, no matter who I fight. I’ll put on a great performance for the fans so they can enjoy the fight and go home with something to talk about.”

Davis-Ruiz will headline a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader Saturday night from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly known as StubHub Center.

In the opener of this three-bout broadcast (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), lightweights Sharif Bogere (32-1, 20 KOs) and Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs, 2 NC) will square off in a 10-rounder. The co-featured fight will match junior welterweight contender Mario Barrios (22-0, 14 KOs) against Richard Zamora (19-2, 12 KOs) in another 10-round bout.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by GhostofDempsey on 02-11-2019

Loma started off small and each time some mythical boogeyman was favored to beat him by his detractors, he made them quit. Russell Jr., Walters, Rigo, Linares are much bigger scalps than anything Tank has accomplished. The fact that he…

Comment by Since1976 on 02-11-2019

I remember differently, but we'll just have to agree to disagree. If memory serves, RJJ agreed to fight Ruiz and was saying that he "Ruiz" was as big as he was willing to fight and that Wlad was way to…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 02-07-2019

He’s right. Loma fought Rigo who was 2 classes below him, and was in the top 5 P4P That’s clearly the same as Tank’s fight this weekend against a guy coming up two weight classes that most people have never…

Comment by Mikedadon on 02-07-2019

I just dont understand some of the young fighters these days like davis he had alot of momentum after his title win, then he lost his title on the scales then got it back then he fought once in early…

Comment by daggum on 02-07-2019

[QUOTE=bulldognyc;19493297]My question for you is this. If he keeps high activity and constantly defends against the next guy up does he get props or does he have to speak up, put his foot down and demand a unification or a…

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