Floyd Mayweather’s protege and boxing superstar Gervonta Davis brutally knocked out Hugo Ruiz in the first round to successfully defend his IBF super-featherweight title at the Dignity Health Sports Center in Carson, California.
The 24-year old star from Baltimore hit the Mexican with a big straight right and then dropped him with a crushing right hook and ultimately referee Jack Reiss had to step in and stop the fight. Ruiz suffered a broken nose in the process.
It was former three-division champion Abner Mares, who was supposed to fight him but ultimately he had to pull out following a detached retina.
“Tonight, I just wanted to put on a great performance,” Davis said. “I was scheduled to fight Abner Mares, but he had an eye injury, so my main goal tonight was to make a great performance, which I did.”
This was Davis’s 12th straight stoppage victory and he has now improved his record to 21-0-0 with 20 KOs.
“I knew it was coming,” Davis said. “When I touched him with the jab, I seen his arm was in front of his face, so I knew if I threw a hook or an uppercut, it was right there to land.”