It is no secret that many of the biggest boxing matches in the U.S. are typically held in California, Arizona, Texas, New York and occasionally Florida and Georgia. Fortunately, the sport is moving outside of its comfort zone to kick off the new year. On January 7, 2023, WBA “Regular” Lightweight Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis will battle WBA Super Featherweight Champion Hector Garcia at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. During a recent press appearance, Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza explained why the network made the decision to hold this event in the nation’s capital.
“Tank wanted to get back to the east coast, he’s been bouncing around a little bit, somewhere closer to home, Baltimore, D.C. And it’s one of those markets,” Espinoza said, per Bad Left Hook.
“D.C. is a great sports town. They haven’t had a fight in a while so it sort of all made sense to come back under the assumption there’s probably some pent-up demand at not having had a boxing match in quite a while.”
Not only is Davis taking his talents to Washington, D.C., but Showtime is also bringing welterweight contender Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade to Chocolate City in 2023.
“I’m really thrilled with the way the rest of the card has come out. You don’t often see PPV cards of this quality to get Demetrius Andrade, Rashidi Ellis, Jaron Ennis, all on the same card under a Tank Davis fight,” Espinoza said, per Bad Left Hook.
“That’s as strong a PPV card as I can remember.”