33-2-1, 23 KOs vs. Sharif Bogere: 32-1, 20 KOs: The last time Fortuna was in the ring, he fell out of the ring vs. Adrian Granados, leading to a no contest after Fortuna couldn’t continue.
After three rounds, this isn’t the most interesting fight. Bogere is focusing on the body and has showed a solid jab. Fortuna has landed some nice rights. Lots of holding, though. The crowd is getting restless. Last 90 seconds of the third round, though, was high-paced and pretty fun.
Heading into the sixth, I kind of expected Fortuna to take this fight and not really have many problems with Bogere. Especially since Bogere looks a little thick around the middle (apparently the 135-pounder weighed in at 154 pounds tonight). But Bogere is clearly winning this fight in my eyes.
The sixth was the best round of the fight for Fortuna. Landed lots of hard head shots. And then Fortuna puts down Bogere. Need to see a replay if that was actually a knockdown. Bogere is also cut over the right eye. After watching the replay, Fortuna landed an uppercut and a right hook before Bogere fell. Could have gone either way.
In the seventh, Fortuna is really starting to wail on Bogere.
In the eighth, that cut on Bogere is starting to look pretty nasty. He’s also on the verge of getting a point taken away because of his holding. Meanwhile, Fortuna continues to be aggressive and hit him with hard shots.
Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz odds
When Davis was scheduled to face Mares, he was a substantial favorite at -1000, meaning you’d have to bet $1,000 to win $100, while Mares was +600. Now that he’s fighting Ruiz, Davis is a massive favorite. Here are all the Bovada odds for the major fights on this card.
- Gervonta Davis -5000 vs. Hugo Ruiz +1400
- Mario Barrios -5000 vs. Richard Zamora +1400
- Javier Fortuna -300 vs. Sharif Bogere +230
- Erickson Lubin -3000 vs. Ishe Smith +1100
Gervonta Davis vs. Hugo Ruiz purses
This will be a nice payday for both fighters. The last time Davis fought, he made $350,000 vs. Jesus Cuellar. On Saturday, he’ll make a $1 million purse. The last time Ruiz fought, three weeks ago, he made $30,000. On Saturday, he’ll make $100,000. Not too bad for either fighter.
As for the rest of the card, here are their purses, via ESPN.com.
- Mario Barrios: $75,000
- Richard Zamora: $10,000
- Sharif Bogere: $75,000
- Javier Fortuna: $40,000
- Ishe Smith: $75,000
- Erickson Lubin: $41,500 (the last time he fought vs. Jermell Charlo, Lubin made $225,000)
Gervonta “Tank” Davis has plenty to prove tonight when he faces Hugo Ruiz to defend his junior lightweight title on Showtime. He has to prove he deserves the acclaim that’s followed him for most of his career. He has to prove that he’s begun to act more professionally. And he has to prove he deserves high-money fights with the likes of Miguel Berchelt, Francisco Vargas or Tevin Farmer.
First, though, he has to get past Ruiz—who fought just three weeks ago on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner undercard, winning a wide unanimous decision. Yes, Ruiz (39-4, 33 KOs) is moving up in weight to face Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), but the late replacement for Abner Mares—who had to pull out of the Davis fight about 10 days ago with an eye injury—is five inches taller than Davis and seems to have more power than Mares.
He’s also filled with confidence.
“Out of my 39 wins, 33 of them are knockouts so I can say with confidence that I can knock out Gervonta Davis,” Ruiz said. “No fighter is invincible and that’s a really possible outcome on Saturday.
“Gervonta Davis is a great fighter. I’ve watched him fight and I know that he’s a very strong fighter with a lot in his arsenal. There’s a reason why he’s a world champion right now but we know what we’re looking for. We have the hunger and the ambition to be triumphant. We have everything we need to beat Gervonta.”
Davis, though, is the heavy favorite, and if he doesn’t win convincingly, the night probably will be seen as a disappointment. It hasn’t started great either. Eighteen months after Davis lost his 130-pound title on the scales for being overweight before getting a mediocre win vs. Francisco Fonseca, he was overweight on his first attempt for this fight on Friday. He weighed 130.2 pounds, temporarily putting his title belt and the title fight in jeopardy. Within the hour, though, he returned and made weight, stepping on the scale at 129.8 pounds.
“I was in New York for the [Keith] Thurman fight about three weeks ago and got off track a little bit,” Davis said. “I was heavy there, but once I got back into the groove and back to training it was fine. I feel fine. Making 130 is not a problem. It’s not a distraction. I feel fine. I’m not dehydrated and my face isn’t sunken. I’ll be ready to go [Saturday].”
Either way, Forbes will be here for the night, giving our round-by-round thoughts, explanations and unofficial scoring on the Showtime card.