Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia Results Highlights: ‘Tank’ scores TKO, sets up showdown against Ryan Garcia

Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia Results Highlights: ‘Tank’ scores TKO, sets up showdown against Ryan Garcia

WASHINGTON, DC – One Garcia down, one left.

After a slow start, lightweight superstar Gervonta “Tank” Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) relied on his signature power to defeat 130-pound defending champion Hector Luis Garcia (16-1, 10 KOs) at the Capital on Saturday Forcing One Arena to surrender in the final step ahead of a planned April showdown with fellow undefeated Ryan Garcia.

“God willing, I’m ready for the fight,” Davis said. “It’s scheduled for April and I’m here. For my part, I’m ready. I’ll take a week off and come back [in the gym] for sure.”

Davis, who hails 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 domestic violence arrest.

Garcia, a 31-year-old who boxed for his native Dominican Republic at the 2016 Olympics, relied on his technique and length to force the shorter Davis to take his time in the early days. But the action increased significantly in Round 4 as the pair exchanged big close-range shots.

The action lasted until round 8 when a fight in the first two rows of the crowd caused a bizarre halt to the action as ringside security sorted things out. As the fight resumed, Davis began leading Garcia down with big left hands and appeared to buckle him briefly before the end of the round.

Garcia, who complained in his corner after the round that he couldn’t see it, failed to answer the bell for the start of Round 9, giving Davis the TKO victory to retain his second WBA lightweight title.

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

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

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

Despite a play effort from Garcia, who consistently operated within punching range and was willing to swap shots with a bigger puncher, Davis passed his opponent by a 99-55 margin according to ShoStats. Davis also landed an incredible 53% of his power punches.

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

“[I struggled] a little bit because I don’t fight lefties that much, but it’s ok because that’s part of the game.”

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

After the fight, Davis admitted that the only opponent who has a chance of defeating him is himself.

“[I need to] Bring my people close and listen to my neighbors and listen [adviser] Al Haymon and just stay focused,” Davis said. “There are many bumps along the way but as long as we stay focused together I will make such a long life in this sport.”

CBS Sports was with you all the way on Saturday, with the live scores and highlights below.

Battle Map, Results

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

Davis vs. Garcia Scorecard, Live Coverage

Davis 10 9 9 10 10 9 10 10 TKO 77
Garcia 9 10 10 9 9 10 9 9 75

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