Tonight, the city of Washington, D.C. celebrated as Showtime Sports brought primetime pay-per-view boxing back to the nation’s capital. Throughout the day, fighters who grew up in the area like Demond Nicholson, Travon Marshall and Keeshawn Williams fought. Not to mention, former world champion Lamont Peterson came out of retirement for the event. With all of that said, the crowd’s attention was fixated on one man in particular — Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Boasting a record of 27-0 with 25 knockouts to go along with multiple world titles, the Baltimore, Maryland native has built up a massive fanbase. In fact, Maryland Governor-Elect Wes Moore, Lil’ Baby, Bradley Beal and Meek Mill came out to see him fight. When the opening bell rang, Davis and his opponent, WBA Super Featherweight Champion Héctor Luis Garcia, were left standing in the center of the ring with the same goal. Win!
Gervonta “Tank” Davis may be known for knocking out the overwhelming majority of his opponents, but he is notoriously judicious with his punch output. Early in Saturday’s bout, he was selective with his shots, seldom throwing punches through the first few rounds. Similarly, García was cautious as well. While the Dominican champion is known as a pressure fighter who likes to come forward, he and his trainer have been mindful of the Baltimore native’s power leading up to the fight. Midway through the third round, the action began to pick up a bit as Davis began to let his right hand go and García started to open up with two and three-punch combinations. Specifically, the final minute of the fourth round had fans at their feet as the two traded power blows to the head and body. Throughout the firefight, García was able to hold his own with one of the biggest punchers in the sport.
A ringside dispute paused the action in the eighth round. The pause in the action seemingly provided Davis with enough to come up with a plan to finish the deal. The Baltimore native landed a number of right hands that brought the crowd to its feet, but did send García to the canvas, However, García’s corner did not see fit to send their fighter back out to complete the bout.
IT'S OVER ?@Gervontaa scores the TKO win over Garcia to remain unbeaten.#DavisGarcia pic.twitter.com/n9b4Cbr9Le
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 8, 2023