Over the past handful of years, Gervonta “Tank” Davis has become one of boxing’s biggest attractions and most exciting fighters. On Saturday night, Davis returns to the ring to face Hector Luis Garcia with a huge April bout against Ryan Garcia waiting for him with a win.
Garcia, a champion at super featherweight, is moving up to lightweight to challenge Davis for his secondary WBA title. Davis has been in a string of exciting fights, battling solid opposition while also putting his power on display. To date, he has knocked out his opponent in 25 of his 27 career bouts.
The action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime pay-per-view. The full fight card with odds from Caesars Sportsbook and complete viewing information is listed below.
Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia Cards
Main Card (9 p.m. ET on Showtime PPV)
- Main Card: Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia, 12 rounds, lightweights (ringwalk expected for 12 p.m ET)
- Jaron Ennis vs. Karen Chukhadzhian, 12 rounds, for IBF interim welterweight title
- Rashidi Ellis vs. Roiman Villa, 12 rounds, welterweights
Demetrius Andrade vs. Demond Nicholson, 10 rounds, super middleweights
- Brandun Lee vs. TBA, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
- Vito Mielnicki Jr vs. Omar Rosales, 8 rounds, junior middleweights
Davis vs. Garcia will air on television via Showtime Sports PPV and cost $74.99. The Showtime app can be used to stream Showtime content on TV streaming services Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, XBOX One and smart TVs from LG and Samsung.
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- Date: Jan. 7 | Location: Capital One Arena — Washington D.C.
- Start time: 9 p.m. ET
- How to watch: Showtime PPV | Price: $74.99
- Stream: Showtime.com (order now)
Davis vs. Garcia fight card, odds
- Gervonta Davis -1200 vs. Hector Luis Garcia +750, WBA “regular” lightweight title
- Jaron Ennis -4000 vs. Karen Chukhadzhian +1500, welterweights
- Rashidi Ellis -700 vs. Roiman Villa +500, welterweights
- Demetrius Andrade -1600 vs. Demond Nicholson +900, super middleweights
While Davis comes in as a massive favorite, there’s a lot on the line for him. He already has a bout—and nice payday—scheduled against Ryan Garcia on April 15. A loss in this tune-up fight would obviously take a lot of the wind out of the sails of that fight.
Davis has acknowledged that he must be focused on the task at hand if he wants to set himself up with the profile-raising fight in April.
“Our main focus is Hector Luis Garcia,” he told the press. “We know that he’s a threat to everything I want to do. The goal is to put on a great performance, nothing else.”
The lightweight titleholder hasn’t fought since May of 2022. He knocked out Rolando Romero in the sixth round of a bout at the Barclays Center in New York City.
Garcia will be making his first appearance in the ring since August 20, when he outpointed Roger Gutierrez in a unanimous decision to capture the WBA Super Featherweight championship.
“The real Garcia is right here,” he said at the press conference. “I don’t care who he’s focused on, because I know that I’m the true challenge.”
The truth is that Garcia does bring things to the table that could make things interesting. Although he’s smaller as a natural super featherweight, he is the more busy fighter and has the footwork to make Davis toil to find his knockout blow.
If Garcia can use his jab and make Davis chase him, he has a chance to build an early lead on the cards.
The problem for Garcia is that Davis is a pure power puncher. He doesn’t keep the same pace as some of his contemporaries, but he only needs to find one opening to turn a fight on its head.
Only two opponents have made it the distance with Tank, and the problem is that he can unleash that power with both hands and from a wide variety of angles.
Ultimately, that’s how the fight is likely to play out. Things should be interesting in the early going, and it’s easy to envision a scenario in which Garcia takes the early rounds and appears to be headed toward the upset.
But just like 25 of Davis’s 27 opponents before him, Garcia will be lulled into making a mistake, and Davis will turn out the lights.