WBA Super Featherweight Champion Gervonta Davis and former world champion Hugo Ruiz went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they go toe-to-toe this Saturday night in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif. and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Ruiz is stepping in for the injured Abner Mares, who pulled out of the fight due to a detached retina, and according to Mayweather Promotions president Floyd Mayweather, Ruiz is more dangerous than Mares.
“I think Hugo Ruiz is more dangerous opponent than Abner Mares,” Mayweather said on Thursday. “Abner is a tremendous fighter, but Ruiz is very tough, and he has good knockout power. This is a great matchup and the kind that people want to see. It’s all about putting on great shows, and Saturday will be another blockbuster.”
While many believe that Davis should have an easy night against Ruiz, who fought a few weeks ago on the Pacquiao-Broner undercard, Mayweather thinks Davis has to be careful not to overlook Ruiz.
“I remember when Gervonta Davis first came to my gym,” Mayweather said. “He worked hard and believed in himself. Sometimes we did two-a-days. If we didn’t think the job was done right, we’d come back and correct it. We continue to strive every day to be the best we possibly can be. Gervonta works extremely hard, but he can’t take anything for granted in this fight.”
In the televised undercard, Undefeated super lightweight Mario Barrios will be facing Mexico’s Richard Zamora, while former world champion Javier Fortuna will step in against lightweight contender Sharif Bogere as part of live SHOWTIME action kicking off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.