Gervonta Davis forced Hector Luis Garcia to give up his chair after eight hours
Gervonta Davis just needs a moment. As usual.
The 135-pound competitor received a mental challenge from Hector Luis Garcia… for a while. Then he began to land his powerful hits. And then it ended.
Davis blocked the 130-pound opponent in eight rounds Saturday night at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, to set up a super fight with Ryan Garcia, possibly in April.
The official injury time was 13 seconds in the 9th round but Garcia, badly injured and unable to see clearly, refused to sit down after being beaten in the 8th round.
The umpires gave Davis the win by eight innings, 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74. However, the battle is more competitive than that.
Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) made a couple of rounds to get a feel for each other and then made some interesting back-and-forth exchanges, with Davis unable to completely separate from a tough opponent. play, well-educated, who just beat Chris Colbert and Roger Gutierrez.
However, “The Tank” had an advantage: The umpires were clearly impressed by Davis’ stronger, cleaner punches, which ultimately took the skirmish out of their hands.
Davis began delivering punishments with a pace that added trouble to Garcia (16-1, 10 KOs) in the final few rounds, capped by the brutal 8th Round.
Opening the finale was a header so backhand that Garcia wobbled in the final seconds of the frame, which didn’t seem to allow Davis enough time to get the job done.
However, the damage was done. Garcia sat in her chair after the round, shouting: “I can’t see! I can’t see!” And he decided it was unwise to get up, which gave Davis another technical knock-out and another spectacular victory.
“I was a bit surprised,” Davis said, referring to Garcia’s decision to sit still on the stool. “But when I caught him, I knew he was hurt, very painful. He’s a fighter, he doesn’t want to show it, you know what I mean? Either way, he’s injured.”
It was an ideal end to a difficult internment for Davis, who was arrested and jailed on December 27 after his daughter’s mother told police he hit her in the face.
The woman recited it, then said that the boxer never harmed her. That got him off the hook and allowed the fight to go on.
Davis is also due to appear in court on February 16 on run-and-run charges stemming from a 2021 incident in his hometown of Baltimore that could land him in jail. if convicted.
Of course, he was able to put his troubles aside for at least a moment after another satisfying win in front of a packed home crowd at Captial One Arena, not far from Baltimore. When he did a backflip off the top rope to celebrate his victory, legal troubles were the last thing on his mind.
And, if he avoids a prison sentence, he can look forward to the biggest — and most lucrative — fight of his career against fellow social media star Ryan Garcia, who is bigger and punches harder. much more powerful than Hector Garcia but will certainly be significantly weaker than Hector Garcia. Davis.
Davis has said that the only person who can beat him is himself. That always seems to be the case every time he steps into the ring.
The 28-year-old was asked in a bleak moment how he plans to avoid self-destruction. He gave the correct answer.
“I have to bring my people close and listen to my loved ones, listen [manager] Al Haymon and just focus,” he said. “There are a lot of bends in the road but as long as we stay focused… that’s how I will [have] longevity in sport.