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Gervonta Davis vs. Garcia Fight Results: Tank Beats Garcia TKO Round 9

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Gervonta Davis vs. Garcia Fight Results: Tank Beats Garcia TKO Round 9
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The first PPV of the year will be hosted by Showtime as they have Gervonta ‘Davis facing Hector Luis Garcia in a twelve round main event live from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C

It could go two ways: Gervonta Davis got distracted by the thought of the guillotine of the judicial process hanging over his head. Or, the Baltimore native, age 28, will on Saturday night show that his safe place is the ring, where he’ll in violent fashion convince Hector Luis Garcia that hopes for a shocker upset were unfounded.
Davis holds a 27-0 (25 KOs) record, and at Capitol One Arena in Washington, DC, and on PPV.com, he will face off against a Dominican talent with a knack for defeating A sides.
This is a lefty on lefty battle, and we expect the 16-0 (10 KOs) Garcia to show his skills for some rounds, before “levels” come in to play. The way Garcia succeeded in taking it to Chris Colbert in Feb 2022, that’s perhaps not replicable versus Davis, whose power is a strong dissuader.
Expect ring walks anytime after 11:30 p.m. ET/ 9:30 p.m. PT. If you can't catch the action live, keep it locked here on NYFights for live round-by-round updates with an unofficial scorecard so you can see who is ahead.

GERVONTA DAVIS VS. HECTOR LUIS GARCIA BETTING ODDS

Per DraftKings, Gervonta Davis is the favorite at -1600, and Hector Luis Garcia is the underdog at +800.

Gervonta ‘Tank' Davis: Decision +350; KO/TKO -400

Draw: +2500

Hector Luis Garcia: Decision +1400; KO/TKO +1800

‘TANK' DAVIS VS. GARCIA FIGHT RESULTS: 

Gervonta Davis shrugged off legal issues hanging over his head Saturday night, taking out Dominican hitter Hector Luis Garcia, who did lots better than folks who thought this would be a steamroll job, in round nine from Capitol One Arena in Washington, DC, and on Showtime PPV.

Tank started slow, and the hand speed, movement and ring generalship of Garcia impressed watchers. Then Tank started surging, and his late assault in the eighth did damage. Garcia went to his corner and told trainer Bob Santos he couldn't see. So, the plug got pulled. The time: 13 seconds into round nine, TKO win for Tank. 

Gervonta Davis to Jim Gray post fight gave Garcia props, calling him a solid fighter. He said he could have done better, and has things to work on. He will take a week off, then get back to training, because he wants Ryan Garcia next. “God willing I’m ready for the fight (with Ryan Garcia). It’s scheduled for April. I’m here. He’s been training. He’s been talking. And let’s see who’s really about that. On my end I’m ready. I’ll be in the gym Monday. Well, not Monday. I’ll probably take a week off but I’ll be back for sure soon.

Jim Gray asked him how he’d work to stay on track. “I have to bring my people in close and listen to my close ones, listen to Al Haymon and just stay focused,” the victor stated. “There’s a lot of bumps in the road but if we stay focused together – that’s how I’ll (maintain) longevity in the sport.”

And what of that slow start? “I wasn’t throwing a lot of shots (in the beginning) because I was trying to beat him mentally. I was trying to trick him with my hands and my eyes and things like that because he’s a tough fighter. I had to bait him.”

Yep, fighting a fellow lefty isn't his favorite thing: “His southpaw style bothered me a little bit because I don’t fight a lot of southpaws but it’s okay,” Gervonta Davis said, “it’s a part of the game.

GARCIA TOLD GRAY HE WAS CONCUSSED

Garcia postfight said his vision was back as he talked to Gray, but he was out of it, not really knowing where he was, on that stool after a violent eighth round. “I was picking my spots against him,” he said, until Tank really picked it up.

Garcia, age 31, came in 16-0 (10 KOs) while Tank, age 29, entered at 29-0 (27 KOs). 

The Baltimore resident has been  handing over  lots of his loot the past several years to lawyers defending him versus a number of allegations, including domestic violence and vehicular malevolence. In the ring, though, he didn’t seem overly distracted. 

The first was even, no one deserved it. In the second and third, Gervonta Davis mostly took in data. You can see after four or so, via punch stats, the game started to change: 

Davis would lose the first 1/3 of the round, and the second, but then land a couple hard blows to get him the session, as he did in the fourth and fifth. In the seventh, a right uppercut landed clean for Gervonta. The left detonated on Garcia. Could Garcia keep it up, would he lose steam and be able to keep distance to his liking?

Gervonta Davis vs Héctor Luis García on Jan. 7, 2023, at Capitol One Arena in Washington, DC

As long as Garcia could keep his distance, he had his moments. When Tank decided to be a TANK, and bore in, the end was near for the Dominican

Calvin Ford told Tank after the sixth that Tank wasn’t his best. Basically, step it up, kid. In round seven, Tank showed he listened. Round eight saw Tank smell blood, after a pause in the action because of a fracas in the stands. Left hands were now landing with more regularity, indeed the last five rounds saw Tank score more punches landed.

So you know, Garcia got one round on two cards, two rounds on another, at the time of the ending (see document below). I had it 67-67, same as Steve Farhood, and then Gervonta Davis did what Tanks do, roll forward and wreak havoc.

The scorecard for the Gervonta Davis v Hector Luis Garcia fight

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