Hector Luis Garcia has a big chance this Saturday, as the 130-pound titleholder steps up to the lightweight division and challenges Gervonta “Tank” Davis.
Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs) will have a breakout year in 2022, defeating Chris Colbert in February and winning the WBA Junior Lightweight Title from Roger Gutierrez in August. This fight with Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) is the biggest of his career to date.
The 31-year-old Dominican also knows he’s an underdog — the DraftKings list him at +800 and Davis is a -1600 favorite — but from training camp, Davis won the Showtime PPV Main Event. He believes that it will give a lot of trouble to .
About his recent training camp:
“Training camp for this fight was special because it took all my strength and conditioning to another level. Running high, sparring properly, everything came together perfectly. I’m well prepared for my Garbonta Davis fight, so I can be the best I can be on Fight Night.My head trainer, Bob Santos, is not only a great strategist, but he’s also my best friend. They also take care of my diet, so I’m in good shape, I’m at the right weight, and the team I’m around right now is the best team I’ve had in my entire career.”
On facing Davis:
“In my opinion, Davis is a top pound-for-pound fighter and one of the biggest punchers in boxing, so he knows he’s a loser by being in this fight.” Not many people give me a chance, but that’s what motivates me.It was the same situation with Colbert, but this time it was a full-fledged training camp.In my style, the ‘tank’ problem arises. I think. I am a southpaw with many tricks and I use them all when I am in the ring. “
On the impact of the win on his career:
“Winning ‘Tank’ will cement my status as one of the best fighters in the world. I didn’t come here on my own I just want to thank the team for their support Winning this game changed my life forever but winning this game It’s been great for everyone on my team.”
On fighting for his compatriots back home in the Dominican Republic:
“Everyone at home is watching this fight and I want them to be proud of their great performance. Right now the Dominican Republic is making big news in boxing. Alberto Puelo is the world champion and Carlos Adames is coming soon.We are all family and love the support we get from the people at home.The fighters from the Dominican Republic are on the rise and we are staying here.”