Garbonta Davis faces a fair test on Saturday, but that’s not what people are talking about.
The lightweight candidate was arrested on a domestic violence allegation that was later withdrawn. He has an unrelated lawsuit pending and is the latest in a string of missteps. And he’s already agreed to take on Ryan Garcia in a big matchup in his next fight.
Hector Luis Garcia – Davis’ opponent for days in the 135-pound fight at Capital One Arena is an afterthought.
Even Showtime host Brian Custer, who you’d think would sidestep Davis’ legal troubles, said during Thursday’s final press conference, “Outside the ring it’s all going round and round you. I asked him how he was able to concentrate on things.
Davis talked about perseverance.
“This is my job,” said Davis. “I’ve been doing it since I was seven. I feel like it’s going to follow. If I quit now…I feel like I haven’t really done what I was trying to do yet. Keep pushing.” I feel like…it’s just a hump in my path.
“Going to the next fight is like this fight. The road we’ve all taken in life feels like a bump.”
Well, domestic violence allegations are no common hump.
Davis was arrested and jailed on Dec. 27 after he claimed his daughter’s mother punched him in the face during an altercation in the Miami area where fighters were training. The fact that she withdrew the accusation — saying Davis “did me no harm” — saved him a court date and possibly a battle that was in jeopardy.
he intention He will go on trial starting February 16 for hit-and-run charges after a 2020 accident. He will reportedly face 14 counts after he ran a red light in an SUV, crashed into another vehicle, and then fled the scene on foot in his native Baltimore. .
An injured pregnant woman trapped in the other car reportedly testified that Davis “looked me in the eye and didn’t come to my aid.”
If found guilty, Davis could face a prison sentence, which could weigh heavily on the 28-year-old. And, obviously, that could affect his plans to meet Ryan Garcia for the rest of his boxing career.
How can you concentrate on fighting solid opponents?
Davis could do so due to Hector Garcia’s proven ability and the fact that if he loses to the undefeated Dominican Republic, he won’t get a lucrative and possibly career-defining matchup against Ryan Garcia. said. and Roger Gutierrez.
“[Hector] Garcia has earned his place in this fight for what he’s done over the past year,” Davis said. “He has put up good fights and beat good fighters.
“…I have had a lot of talk from other fighters in the division. I am showing everyone.”
Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) has already proven that he is one of the elite fighters, knocking out talented opponents one after another. If he maintains his current trajectory, he could be on his way to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Questions about him: Could he be more memorable for what he did in and out of the ring?