Gervonta Davis knocks our Hugo Ruiz in first round to retain title

Gervonta Davis now has 12 straight knockout wins

Last night, Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis delivered a thunderous, first-round knockout win over short-notice replacement opponent Hugo Ruiz, retaining his WBA super-featherweight belt in the process.

On fight night Ruiz will likely be outweighed by Davis, and this will be a fight to the finish with a knockout as a likely possibility. I favored Davis to win, but a draw is fair since it was a great fight and could possibly headline a Mayweather Promotions card in Sam's Town in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The southpaw didn't disappoint in his first main event fight featured on Showtime Saturday evening delivering another knockout, something the boxing world is getting used to seeing.

In front of 8,048 at Dignity Health Sports Park, Davis had the crowd on their feet with a powerful right cross, sending Ruiz to the canvas.

He didn't come close to doing so as Davis, a fast southpaw with explosive power, walked to the ring to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and then walked through Ruiz easily before a crowd of 8,048.

'I knew it was coming. "I wanted to go more rounds, but I knew if I got him out of there early I could fight again sooner".

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It's exactly how he should've done it, given that Ruiz was a late replacement who'd fought less than a month ago, and only previous year moved up to featherweight from junior featherweight.

"Ruiz didn't answer me", Reiss said. "I have a lot of first round knock outs, today was my turn to lose in the first round".

Next up for Davis could be the victor of the March 2 Ricardo Nunez-Edner Cherry WBA Eliminator on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center. "At the end of the day I'm a fighter".

"We're talking about May (for Gervonta Davis to return to the ring) if that's okay with him", said Mayweather ( Dave Mandel).

Tank Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) is backed by boxing superstar Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and is one of the brightest young stars in the sport. "I got about $80m (£62m) on the table worth of exhibitions".

"I'm ready and I hope Ruiz is too".

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