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Hector Luis Garcia out to defy the odds against Tank Davis on Saturday night

Hector Luis Garcia lands a left cross on Chris Colbert. Photo credit: PBC

WBA super featherweight champion Hector Luis Garcia 16-0 (10) is given little chance of defeating Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 27-0 (25) in their lightweight bout at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC this Saturday night.

The 28-year-old Davis of Baltimore is an almost unbackable favourite at $1.10 head-to-head, with bookmakers offering up odds of $9.00 on a Garcia victory.

But the 31-year-old Garcia, who represented the Dominican Republic at the 2016 Olympics, sees things very differently after completing arguably the best training camp of his career.

“Training camp for this fight has been something special as I’ve been taking all my strength and conditioning to another level,” said Garcia, who is a southpaw just like Davis.

“I’m running in high elevation, getting the proper sparring and everything has come together perfectly. I’ve had plenty of time to prepare for Gervonta Davis, so I’ll be the best version of myself on fight night.

“Bob Santos, my head trainer, is not only a masterful strategist, but he’s also controlling my diet, so my body is feeling great and my weight is on point. The team I have around me right now is the best one I’ve had in my whole career.”

Garcia is under no illusion as to what he is up against, but he has beaten the odds before. Last year he upset Chris ‘Primetime’ Colbert 16-1 (6) on points to earn a shot at WBA 130-pound champion Roger Gutierrez 26-4-1 (20), who he also defeated by decision.

“Davis in my opinion is a top pound-for-pound fighter and one of the biggest punchers in boxing, so I know going into this fight that I’m an underdog,” he said.

“Not a lot of people are giving me a chance in this fight, but that’s what motivates me. I was in the same situation going into the Colbert fight, but this time I had a real training camp. I believe my style will give Tank problems. I’m a southpaw with many tricks and I will be using all of them when I step in the ring on January 7.”

Garcia wasn’t on the radar of many boxing fans before last year, but a victory over Davis will make him a household name in the boxing world.

“A victory against Tank will solidify me as one of the best fighters in the world,” he said. “I already believe that in my own mind, but the world will realize how good I am after this fight. I didn’t get here by myself. I want to thank my team for all their support. Getting this fight has changed my life forever, but winning it will do wonders for everyone on my team.

“Everyone back home will be watching this fight, so I want to make them proud with a great performance. Right now, the Dominican Republic is making big news in boxing. [WBA junior welterweight champion] Alberto Puello is a world champion and Carlos Adames will be soon.

“All of us are family and we love the support we get from our people back home. Fighters from the Dominican Republic are on the rise and we are here to stay.”