Gervonta Davis has already agreed to struggle Ryan Garcia, however first, he’ll must efficiently get previous a separate dance companion in Hector Luis Garcia on Jan. 7.
Davis’ struggle in opposition to Garcia – set to headline a Showtime pay-per-view occasion on the Capital One Enviornment in Washington D.C. – can’t be thought of a tune-up or stay-busy struggle for the Baltimore-based boxer by any means.
In any case, the 31-year-old Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs) is on the shortlist for being one of many sport’s greatest breakthrough tales of 2022.
The Dominican southpaw from San Juan de la Maguana knocked down Chris Colbert and scored a unanimous determination win in opposition to the heralded, then-unbeaten contender in February. Following the upset win, Garcia outlasted Roger Gutierrez in August in one more unanimous determination victory to say the 130-pound WBA title.
Garcia shall be climbing up a weight class to face Davis at 135 kilos.
“El Androide” will sport a 3 ½ inch attain benefit and loads of confidence heading into the conflict.
Garcia’s sudden ascent isn’t misplaced on Davis.
“I am undoubtedly not sleeping on him or overlooking him. You noticed what he did in opposition to Colbert,” Davis mentioned in a Twitter Areas dialog hosted by @LazyLeftyOG.
“I do know that he is technical. He is obtained a bit pop. I simply wish to placed on an awesome efficiency. I am going again and watching tape and finding out him. I am not a man who overlooks my opponent simply because social media says somebody is trash or something like that. I do not assume he is trash.”
Davis mentioned he is all the time been the form of fighter who stays targeted on the opponent in entrance of him and respects every foe as a risk in their very own respect.
Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) is coming off a sixth-round KO win in opposition to Rolando Romero in Could.
Garcia, in the meantime, is headed towards a struggle of his personal in January and is ready to tackle Mercito Gesta.
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