Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia results, highlights: ‘Tank’ scores TKO, sets up showdown against Ryan Garcia

WASHINGTON, DC – One Garcia down, one to go.

After a slow start, lightweight superstar Gervonta “Tank” Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) relied on his trademark power to force 130-pound titleholder Hector Luis Garcia (16-1, 10 KOs) into submission on Saturday at Capital One Arena. in the final step before a proposed April showdown with fellow undefeated Ryan Garcia.

“God willing, I’m ready for the game,” Davis said. “It’s scheduled for April and I’m here. At the end I’ll be ready. I’ll take a week off and I’ll be back [in the gym] Surely.”

Davis, a native of nearby Baltimore, maintained his poise and focus despite a tumultuous training camp that saw the 28-year-old spend a night in jail the week before the game following a misdemeanor domestic violence arrest.

Garcia, a 31-year-old who boxed for his native Dominican Republic at the 2016 Olympics, relied on his technique and length to force the shorter Davis to take his time early on. But the action picked up considerably in round 4 as the pair of southpaws traded big shots at close range.

The action continued until round 8 when a fight in the first two rows of the crowd caused a bizarre halt in the action as ringside security cleared up. When the fight restarted, Davis began to wear Garcia down with big left hands and appeared to buckle him briefly before the round ended.

Garcia, who complained to the corner after the round that he couldn’t see, failed to answer the bell for the start of round 9, giving Davis the TKO victory to retain his secondary WBA lightweight title.

“I was a little surprised, but when I caught him, I knew he was hurt and he was hurt,” Davis said. “He’s a fighter and I know he didn’t want to show it, but he got hurt.”

The official time of the stoppage was 13 seconds into round 9 with Davis leading 78-73, 78-73 and 78-74 on the judges’ scorecards.

“When I got the shots to the head in the last round, I couldn’t see anymore,” Garcia said.

Despite a fighting effort from Garcia, who operated within striking range throughout and was willing to trade shots with a bigger puncher, Davis outshot his foe by a 99 to 55 margin, according to ShoStats. Davis also landed an incredible 53% of his power shots.

“I feel like I have things to work on,” Davis said. “I’m a fighter and I’m not retired, so my cup is never full. I’m always willing to learn.

“[I struggled] a little bit because I don’t fight southpaws that often, but that’s okay because it’s part of the game.”

Garcia had a breakout 2022, handing Chris Colbert the first defeat before capturing the WBA 130lb title over Roger Gutierrez to become a dark horse in the fighter of the year conversation.

After the fight, Davis admitted that the only opponent who has a chance to defeat him is himself.

“[I need to] bring my people near and listen to my loved ones and listen to [adviser] Al Haymon and just stay focused,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of bumps in the road, but as long as we stay focused together, that’s how I’ll have longevity in this sport.”

CBS Sports was with you all the way Saturday with the live scores and highlights below.

Match cards, results

  • Gervonta Davis def. Hector Luis Garcia via TKO in the ninth round
  • Jaron Ennis def. Karen Chukhadzhian via unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-108)
  • Roiman Villa def. Rashidi Ellis via majority decision (114-112, 114-112, 113-113)
  • Demetrius Andrade def. Demond Nicholson via unanimous decision (100-88, 100-88, 100-88)

Davis vs. Garcia scorecard, direct coverage

Davis 10 9 9 10 10 9 10 10 TKO 77
Garcia 9 10 10 9 9 10 9 9 75

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