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Tank Davis says Hector Luis Garcia has earned his shot at him

Gervonta 'Tank' Davis

WBA ‘regular’ lightweight titleholder Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 27-0 (25) believes Hector Luis Garcia 16-0 (10) has done more than enough to earn a shot at his belt following the Dominican southpaw’s stellar 2022 that saw him win the WBA super featherweight championship.

The 31-year-old Garcia upset the applecart with a wide 12-round points win over Chris Colbert 16-1 (6) last February, who was being primed for a world title shot against champion Roger Gutierrez 26-4-1 (20). Garcia repeated the treatment on Gutierrez in August, winning by scores of 118-110 and 117-111 twice.

“I’m happy to be home in front of a great crowd. I know that Hector Luis Garcia is going to come to fight and we’re going to give the fans what they want to see,” Davis said.

“Garcia did what he had to do to earn this fight. He beat a top contender and then won the belt. Giving him the shot was the perfect timing for everyone. He’s earned his stripes.

“Our main focus is Hector Luis Garcia. We know that he’s a threat to everything I want to do. The goal is to put on a great performance, nothing else.

“Coming up through my whole career, back to the amateurs, I had to fight in DC if I wanted to get to the nationals. I’ve been fighting in DC forever and it’s like a second home to me.

“[Coach] Calvin Ford is family. My trainers have been like dads. They’ve been in my corner since I was eight-years-old. We’re definitely a tight unit.”

Garcia is not expecting an easy fight, saying the first few rounds will dictate how the fight plays out.

“It’s going to be all about how the fight starts out. I respect him and I know what he can bring, so I’m going to have to study him and see how the fight shakes out in the first few rounds,” Garcia said.

“I know that I have an advantage with my reach. It definitely could be a factor in this fight. But at the same time, I have to take the fight moment by moment and be attentive to every detail. It’s so important against an opponent like Gervonta especially.

“This fight is not only important to me, but to the whole Dominican Republic. I’m going up against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I know that I have to be ready for that challenge. I’m coming to show the world that superstars can fall too.

“I can guarantee that the Dominican Republic will be proud of me. Our flag will be raised up high. Everyone can expect a great performance from me on Saturday night.

“I’ve been fighting since I was 14-years-old and I come from a very small province in the Dominican Republic. I’ve had to earn everything I’ve ever gotten. This is a great opportunity and I’m ready to capitalise.”