The second weekend of February has turned out to be a busy one in the Boxing world. Let’s take a brief look at each fight and determined our predictions.
Here are the four fights we will feature:
- Davis (-2500) vs Ruiz (+1000) fight will be for 12 rounds and for Davis’ WBA junior lightweight title
- Alberto Machado (-2500) vs. Andrew Cancio (+875), 12 rounds, for Machado’s WBA “regular” junior lightweight title
- Rey Vargas vs. Franklin Manzanilla, 12 rounds, for Vargas’ WBC junior featherweight title
- Jose Ramirez (-765) vs. Jose Zepeda (-470), 12 rounds, for Ramirez’s WBO junior welterweight title
The Davis vs Ruiz fight will be in Carson, CA and available for viewing on Showtime on Saturday, February 9, 2019.
This contest was to feature Mares taking on Davis but his chronic bad left elbow began to hurt again in earnest and he was forced to withdraw. However, the replacement was Hugo Ruiz who is a very good replacement for this fight. Ruiz fought a 10 round affair last month and is primed and ready and most all times.
Davis is a very talented fighter and is disciplined in his approach to every fight. He has a knockout of Jose Pedraza to his resume and Liam Walsh is also a beaten opponent of Davis. at 24-yr-old, he has fought over 200 bouts and is 20-4 in his professional career. His best days are still ahead of him.
Hugo Ruiz is a former champion and has 77% of his wins by knockout. He has 43 fights with a 39-4 record which includes a loss in 2012 to Koki Kameda. After a two year hiatus from the sport, he came back had had 3 fights with an 8 round bout against Guevara. He is an avid puncher but may find he is on a different plane in a fight against Davis. Also, he hits extremely hard, is short, but stacked, not small for 130 or inexperienced at the weight.
Davis is a bit dusty at this point which leads to a Ruiz advantage but once Davis is back on the canvas, he will have the opportunity to land some big punches. Look for Davis (+1000) to win in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Also on the Card:
- Lubin 19-1-0 vs Smith 29-10-0
- Bogere 29-1-0 VS Fortuna 33-2-1
Machado vs Cancio is featured from Indio, CA on February 9, 2019, and can be seen on DAZN streaming services.
Machado (21-0, 17 KO) won his title in Oct. 2017, scoring an upset, come-from-behind KO over Jezreel Corrales. Since then he has won rather handily several times to defend his title.
Cancio is 19-4-2 and isn’t going to be a big threat in this fight. He lost in 2016 and took over a year off and defeat two opponent.
The bout isn’t expected to last long as Machado defends his title.
Also on the same card in Indio is Vargas vs Manzanilla on February 9, 2019.
Manzanilla defeated Julio Ceja in his last fight and now gets a chance to win a title match. At 18-4, he hasn’t had big fights in his life and most of them were 8 rounds or less.
Vargas will defend his title and is known as a mediocre champion that could lose at any time. However, he beat Negrete and McDonnell and those are good wins.
This fight is a bit of a toss-up but look for Vargas to settle in and find the rhythm it takes to win the bout and remain champion.
Sunday, February 10th, ESPN/ESPN Deportes will show the Ramirez vs Zepeda title bout from Fresno, California.
On Sunday, February 10, 2019, Jose Ramirez will defend his WBC super lightweight championship title as he faces Jose Zepeda at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, CA. The fight can be seen on ESPN.
Ramirez is undefeated at 23-0 with 16 knockouts in his professional boxing career. In his previous fights, he had a KO over Issouf Kinda, a second round TKO against Jake Giuriceo and an early KO facing Mike Reed.
This fight is near his hometown and will have the large crowd on his side. He is known as a popular guy with a connection to many cancer centers in and around Fresno.
Jose Zepeda is 30-1 with 25 knockouts and he will be the underdog in the odds and in the arena. He recently defeated Jesus Silveira in a technical decision, had a TKO over Miguel Zamudio in the sixth round and also won by a TKO in the sixth round over Abner Lopez. His only loss came in 2015 against Terry Flanagan.
This is a great chance for Zepeda to boost his career but Ramirez is equally tough in the ring. I look for this fight to go the distance or at least nine or ten rounds. Both fighters are great but Ramirez is the choice for us.