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Tank Davis warned not to underestimate Hector Luis Garcia

Hector Luis Garcia

Hector Luis Garcia 16-0 (10) might be at long odds with the bookmakers to defeat Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 27-0 (25) next weekend, but his trainer Bob Santos has warned against underestimating him.

The 31-year-old Dominican southpaw is coming off a brace of impressive wins, scoring a wide points victory over 12 against highly regarded Chris Colbert 16-1 (6) in February before relieving Roger Gutierrez 26-4-1 (20) of his WBA super featherweight title also over 12 in August.

Despite these credentials, the consensus opinion is that he will be a sacrificial lamb when he faces Baltimore southpaw Davis, 28, at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC in what will be his lightweight debut next Saturday night.

“In the public’s perspective, we’re the underdog. As far as we’re concerned, we feel he’s the most accomplished fighter that Gervonta has ever fought in his prime,” Santos said to FightHubTV.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the way everything has gone and we haven’t changed anything from any other fight in preparing for him.

“The public’s perspective or the oddsmakers, they had us as an underdog against [Chris] Colbert and whatever they had us against [Roger] Gutierrez. His amateur pedigree, his experience, and the things he brings to the table.”

If successful against Garcia, Davis is expected to face undefeated young hotshot Ryan Garcia 23-0 (19) next.

“He’s in his prime and he’ll be the best opponent that Gervonta has fought in his career, that’s for sure,” Santos continued. “It’s a business, obviously, and they feel they can get the best fight out there for themselves financially, and they’re going to look out for themselves. It’s a financial business.

“I don’t put too much into that. [Tank] has to beat this man in front of him first, and no disrespect to Ryan Garcia. Maybe he’s the next Oscar De La Hoya. I don’t know. Maybe he’s the next Roberto Duran, but as of today, we have one man that made the Olympics [Hector Garcia] and he’s sitting right next to me.

“We have one man that won a title eliminator, and he’s sitting right next to me, and we have a man that has won a world championship. Ryan Garcia has done none of the three.

“So up until this point, this day, this is by far the most credible fighter that Gervonta Davis has ever been in the ring with.

“To add onto that, we’ve been down this road before. Chris Colbert, he was getting ready to think he was a coronation by beating him [Hector Garcia] and going right into the [Roger] Gutierrez fight and win his world title.

“That’s why you make the fights and you win thee fights in the ring. You don’t win the fights in the media, you don’t win the fights on paper. You win the fights in the ring and that’s what this man is going to be willing to do on January 7th.

“We’ve been nothing but respectful to Davis. I’ve never talked bad about him in the media. I don’t know where that’s coming from. Maybe that’s his team trying to elevate him psychologically.

“I’ve been down this road many times. It will not affect me as his head trainer, and this man here [Hector Garcia] has had 400 amateur fights. He comes from a third-world country, the Dominican Republic, and none of those things will deter this guy from doing what he needs to do.”