WBA super featherweight world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis added one more thing to his legacy a memorable live fight experience at the recently renamed Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Ca by stopping Hugo Ruiz promptly in less than a round.

“Tank” Davis, who was supposed to fight Abner Mares, but Mares was forced to pull out due to an issue with his eye, saw late-notice foe, Hugo Ruiz, timid to exchange and when he did it appeared from ringside a right hook, broke or badly injured Ruiz’s nose.

The fight itself was half the story as the over 8,000 people in attendance, mostly came for Davis whether to cheer or boo, they were invested in his fight. Not to mention, that the bout took place on Grammy’s weekend, so A-list celebs such as Odell Beckham Jr., Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Jeezy and many others attended the fight.

Say what you want about the opponent or the outcome, but few in the sport have brought stars out like this bout without it being a pay-per-view event.

In the co-feature, Mario Barrios recorded his seventh knockout in a row, all of which have come since joining Virgil Hunter’s stable of fighters in Hayward, CA. Barrios stopped a game Richard Zamora in four rounds, using a good use of distance and great combination punching to get the job done.

Barrios is current the #1 contender for the WBA super lightweight title currently held by Kiryl Relikh.

The opening televised bout saw career tough guy, Javier Fortuna outpoint Sharif Bogere in a ten-round bout. The bout caught some heat from fans and pundits as being boring, but it was a bout in which both fighters had a lot to lose with a loss, neither is young and they have both lost, meaning the loser of this bout, really had to consider what to do after this bout.

Fortuna could be in the running for the winner of Rances Barthelemy versus Robert Easter Jr., who will fight in April for the WBA lightweight world title Mikey Garcia gave up.

Super welterweight Erickson Lubin retired Ishe Smith after dropping him four times, coach Eddie Mustafa Muhammad had seen enough and called the bout after three rounds, two of which Smith hit the canvas in.

In a great performance that might have gone unnoticed Juan Heraldez dropped Eddie Ramirez three times en route to a seventh round knockout win. Heraldez has good speed and a killer instinct, and fought Ramirez who just a year and a half again was considered a prospect before getting stopped by DeMarco.

Oakland, Ca’s own Lennard “The Cheetah” Davis stole the show on the undercard getting a hard-fought draw with Mayweather Promotions Maurice Lee. Lee got a knockdown that looked to be a push in the first round, but was landing the cleaner punches regardless in the beginning of the fight. That would change when Davis’ left hook floored Lee later in the bout. 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.

Sacramento, CA’s Xavier Martinez picked up a fifth-round knockout over Deivi Julio Bassa in a lightweight bout, super lightweight Ladarius Miller got a first-round knockout over Daulis Prescott, Angelo Leo dropped Sacramento, CA’s Alberto Torres twice en route to an eight-round decision win, Jose Balderas picked up a third round technical knockout over Jerrod Miner, Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson wasted little time with a first-round knockout of Derion Chapman and Chico, CA’s Ava Knight fought to a technical draw against Luna del Mar Torroba as head clash caused a cut that stopped the bout in the second round.

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