Gervonta “Tank” Davis(27-0, 25 KOs) is back home again as he battles WBA 130-pound champion Hector Luis Garcia for Davis’ WBA(regular) lightweight title on Saturday, January 7, from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C(SHOWTIME PPV.
The Baltimore native is happy to fight in front of a partisan crowd.
“It feels good to be back home,” Davis said at a press conference on Monday. “All the greats have fought here, and now I get to come back home and put on a great event. I love getting everyone together to have a party. That’s what it is. We grind in the gym, and a lot of people don’t see that, so when the big event comes, it’s time to show up.”
Davis is expected to fight Ryan Garcia next if he gets by Luis Garcia, but Davis knows he can’t overlook the undefeated Luis Garcia(16-0, 10 KOs).
“We’re gonna go back into training camp right after today because we’re not sleeping on this guy. I know we have two fights lined up, but I’m only focused on this one. I’m ready to go through everybody that’s in my way…
“I’ve always been the guy who stays focused and knows that whoever is in front of me is a threat,” Davis said. “We know that Garcia is coming. I’m watching him a lot. I know what they’re doing day in and day out.”
There’s been a lot of chatter of late from Shakur Stevenson and undisputed 135-pound champion Devin Haney about their desires to fight Davis. Of course, Ryan Garcia has been very outspoken about fighting Davis, and at this point, Davis wants to shut them all up.
“I’m just ready to shut everyone up,” Davis said. “All the talking that’s going around, I just want to go in the ring and shut them all up.”
Davis is right; he can’t overlook Garcia and has to be sharp. Plus, he’s fighting in his backyard, and he has Ryan Garcia looming, which may add some pressure on him. Expect an exciting night of boxing on January 7 in D.C.
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