Gervonta Davis v Hector Luis Garcia results, highlights: ‘Tank’ scores TKO, sets up Ryan Garcia showdown

Gervonta Davis v Hector Luis Garcia results, highlights: ‘Tank’ scores TKO, sets up Ryan Garcia showdown

Gervonta Davis v Hector Luis Garcia results, highlights: ‘Tank’ scores TKO, sets up Ryan Garcia showdown

WASHINGTON, DC – One Garcia down, one to go.

After a slow start, lightweight superstar Gervonta “Tank” Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) relied on his branding power to force 130-pound titleholder Hector Luis Garcia (16-1, 10 KO) to submit on Saturday at Capital One Arena. , in the final leg before a proposed April showdown with fellow unbeaten Ryan Garcia.

“God willing, I’m ready for the fight,” Davis said. “It’s planned for April and I’m here. On my side, I’m ready. I’m going to take a week off and I’m coming back [in the gym] for sure.”

Davis, from nearby Baltimore, maintained his composure and focus despite a tumultuous training camp that saw the 28-year-old spend a night in jail the week before the fight following a an arrest for misdemeanor domestic assault.

Garcia, a 31-year-old who boxed for his native Dominican Republic in the 2016 Olympics, relied on his technique and length to force the smaller Davis to take his time early on. But the action sped up dramatically in round 4 as the southpaw pair traded some big shots from close range.

The action continued until Round 8 when a fight in the front two rows of the crowd caused the action to come to a bizarre halt as ring security sorted things out. When the fight restarted, Davis began to bring Garcia down with big left hands and appeared to wrap him up briefly before the round was over.

Garcia, who complained to his corner after the round he couldn’t see, couldn’t answer the bell for the start of round 9, giving Davis the TKO victory to retain his secondary weight title. lightweight WBAs.

“I was a little surprised but when I caught him I knew he was injured and he was very injured,” Davis said. “He’s a fighter and I know he didn’t want to show it but he was hurt.”

The official stoppage time was 13 seconds into Round 9 with Davis ahead 78-73, 78-73 and 78-74 on the judges’ scorecards.

“When I got the headshots on the last lap, I couldn’t see,” Garcia said.

Despite a game effort from Garcia, who operated within striking range throughout and was willing to trade punches with a bigger puncher, Davis edged his foe by a 99-55 margin, according to ShoStats. Davis also landed an incredible 53% of his power shots.

“I feel like I have things to work on,” Davis said. “I’m a fighter and I’m not retired so my cup is never full. I’m always ready to learn.

“[I struggled] kinda because I don’t often fight southpaws but it’s okay because it’s part of the game.”

Garcia had had a breakout in 2022, handing the first loss to Chris Colbert before winning the WBA 130-pound title over Roger Gutierrez to become a dark horse in the Fighter of the Year conversation.

After the fight, Davis admitted that the only opponent who has the chance to defeat him is himself.

“[I need to] bring my people closer and listen to my loved ones and listen [adviser] Al Haymon and stay focused,” Davis said. “There are a lot of bumps in the road, but as long as we stay focused together, that’s how I will gain longevity in this sport.”

CBS Sports was with you all the way Saturday with live results and highlights below.

Fight card, results

  • Gervonta Davis beats. Hector Luis Garcia via ninth-round TKO
  • Jaron Ennis defeated. Karen Chukhadzhian via unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-108)
  • Roiman Villa beats. Rashidi Ellis by majority decision (114-112, 114-112, 113-113)
  • Demetrius Andrade defeated. Demond Nicholson via unanimous decision (100-88, 100-88, 100-88)

Davis vs. Garcia scoreboard, live coverage

Davis ten 9 9 ten ten 9 ten ten TKO 77
Garcia 9 ten ten 9 9 ten 9 9 75

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