Gervonta Davis is set to open the year early with a champion vs champion fight. 2023’s first weekend will feature a boxing match between the WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis, who stands 27 fights undefeated in his professional career against the WBA super featherweight champion Hector Luis Garcia who in similar light remains undefeated after 16 fights. This fight is more of a tough preparation for Davis’ who’s set to face American Boxer Ryan Garcia sometime in April. Stay glued for more details about Gervonta Davis and Hector Luis Garcia’s bout.
Gervonta Davis’ Buildup To This Fight
One of the sport’s brightest stars, the 28-year-old southpaw from Baltimore, Maryland, holds a key position in the boxing community, especially in the lightweight division. He excels at putting on a show by eliminating his opponents via knockouts. Although viewers enjoy pure boxing, knockouts will always have the crossover appeal that boxers need to raise their profile among athletes across all disciplines.
Davis’ Record And Bio
- Nationality: American
- Date of Birth: November 7, 1994
- Height: 5′ 5.5″
- Reach: 67.5″
- Total Fights: 27
- Record: 27-0 (25 KOs)
Why Does He Want This Fight?
In April, Davis will compete against Ryan Garcia, one of the sport’s newest stars. The fastest active professional boxer in the world is Ryan Garcia. He has even been compared to someone like Muhammad Ali, demonstrating what a genius he is.
To settle the argument that he is the top fighter in the lightweight division, Davis must overcome Ryan Garcia. However, Davis felt the need for an interim bout before the eagerly anticipated battle, so he accepted to defend his WBA lightweight title against Hector Luis Garcia.
Hector Luis Garcia’s Build Up To The Fight
- As a last-minute substitute in February 2022, Hector Luis Garcia took on super featherweight contender Chris Colbert (16-1) in a fight that was meant to be a stepping stone for Colbert as he neared a title chance.
- Garcia had other ideas, and in addition to knocking Colbert to the ground for the first time in his career, he also caused him to suffer his first defeat by winning the bout by decision.
- With that triumph, Garcia was granted a crack at the title six months later against Roger Gutierrez, the current champion. Garcia entered the battle as the underdog once more. Still, he quickly dispelled any doubts about his credentials. He demonstrated that his victory over Colbert was no accident by winning the decision to claim the WBA super featherweight title.
- Davis might have refused Garcia’s challenge after the fight. Still, instead, he accepted it, allowing Garcia of a lifetime to show that he is a brilliant boxer who deserves to be on the list of the sport’s finest.
Garcia’s Record And Bio
- Nationality: Dominican
- Date of Birth: November 1, 1991
- Height: 5′ 9″
- Reach: 67″
- Total Fights: 16
- Record: 16-0 (10 KOs)
Why Does He Want This Fight?
Hector Luis Garcia simply wants to prove his doubters wrong. The man has a dog in him and wants everyone to know he can compete with the biggest names in the lightweight division. The fact that Garcia seems to be a live dog in this bout makes it exciting. The 31-year-old Garcia from the Dominican Republic hopes to pull off the unexpected on Saturday night after competing in over 300 amateur matches.
Can Ryan Garcia ruin Tank’s preparations to battle Garcia and shock the world in this situation? Garcia emerged practically suddenly from obscurity to become a household figure in boxing and has no intention of slowing down any time soon.
- Date: Saturday, January 7
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
- Venue: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
Where And How To Watch
- Tickets for Davis vs. Garcia start at $126
- For viewers at home, you can watch via Showtime pay-per-view for $74.99 in the United States or Canada.
- You can stream on Showtime via Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox ONE, your laptop, and any mobile or tablet device.
Despite Garcia’s winning streak, experts think that unbeatable boxer Gervonta Davis has a distinct advantage over his opponent due to age and striking power, as shown by his 25 knockouts in 27 fights. These numbers have led bookmakers to forecast that Gervonta Davis will be the clear favorite to defeat Luis Garcia and defend his title. His odds of winning the fight stand at 1.1 (decimal) and -1000 (American).
The WBA super featherweight champion Garcia is trying to elevate his game as he moves up a weight division. Although he is a colossal underdog in this bout, he must not be disregarded. He has demonstrated the ability to flourish in various challenging situations, and he might have a chip on his shoulder due to the lack of recognition he got in the past. Garcia’s odds of winning this bout are 9.0 (decimal) and +800 (American).
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These fighters have similar fighting styles (southpaw). So there’s not much differentiating them except that Garcia has a .3 inches height advantage and a bit more reach. However, Davis covers for that with his pace and punching power which is evident in his 93% finishing rate. The best pick for this bout is to back the fight to see more than seven rounds. And this is because Davis has the habit of dropping early rounds, which might also be the case here. We will back Davis to take charge in the later rounds and win by K.O. The odds for over 7.5 rounds are 1.8 (decimal) and -125 (American).
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