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Hugo Ruiz replaces injured Abner Mares for Feb. 9 Gervonta Davis title bout

Hugo Ruiz replaces injured Abner Mares for Feb. 9 Gervonta Davis title bout
Hugo Ruiz poses the scale at MGM Grand on Jan. 18 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Mexico’s former super-bantamweight world champion Hugo Ruiz will step in on short notice to replace injured former three-division champion Abner Mares in Gervonta Davis’ Feb. 9 super-featherweight title defense at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, the Los Angeles Times learned Wednesday.

Ruiz (39-4, 33 knockouts) takes the Showtime-televised fight only 11 days after defeating Alberto Guevara by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout on the Jan. 19 undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s Showtime pay-per-view victory over Adrien Broner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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Two sources connected to the bout but unauthorized by Premier Boxing Champions to speak publicly on the matter said Ruiz emerged following a right-elbow injury suffered this week by Hawaiian Gardens’ Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) as he trained in Riverside.

Ruiz’s emergence allows World Boxing Assn. champion Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) to keep the date after personal and promotional reasons kept him restricted to just one fight since August 2017.

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