Saturday, February 9th from Carson, CA
Gervonta Davis/Hugo Ruiz
Well it was a “Thriller” for one round at least. Gervonta “Tank” Davis (21-0, 20 KO’s) entered the ring accompanied by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and a slew of zombie dancers. The exciting entrance lasted longer than the fight itself. Davis KO’d his opponent Hugo Ruiz (39-5,33 KO’s) in the first round of their junior lightweight world title fight. Davis giving away 4 inches of height, hammered away at Ruiz from the opening bell and drove him into the corner with a three-punch combination to his face that dropped him to a knee. With a bloody fractured nose, Ruiz staggered to his feet, but the referee waved off the fight at 2 minutes and 59 seconds.
Following the fight, Davis’ promoter Floyd Mayweather said Davis may face Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in April.
Sunday, February 10th from Fresno, CA
Jose Ramirez/Jose Zepeda
Junior welterweight titlist Jose Ramirez (24-0, 16 KO’s) won a close, majority decision over Jose Zepeda by coming from behind in the second half of the fight to retain his title. The southpaw Zepeda (30-2, 25 KO’s) seemed to confuse Ramirez early on by jabbing and moving. But Ramirez kept closing the distance by punching to the body to slow down Zepeda.
“He was very tough, very crafty,” said Ramirez. “It took me a while to close the distance. It was a very close fight.”
Next up for Ramirez is a possible fight against former lightweight champ Raymond Beltran.
Raymond Beltran/Hiroki Okada
In an all action fight, former lightweight world titleholder Raymond Beltran stopped undefeated Hiroki Okada in the ninth round of their junior welterweight bout.
Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KO’s) decked Okada with a left hook in the second round. Okada (19-1, 13 KO’s) beat the count and jumped back in the round by buckling Beltran with a solid right. Beltran kept his feet but was blasted by Okada for the rest of the round.
With his wife and children looking on, a tired and worn Beltran somehow rallied in the 9th round by flooring Okada with a right hand. Okada beat the count, but Beltran put him down again.
Okada’s corner threw in the towel before the referee could begin his count, ending Okada’s undefeated record.
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