Undefeated five-time world champion Gervonta Davis and unbeaten world champion Hector Luis Garcia sq. off in the principle occasion on Showtime PPV from Capital One Area in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 7. Forward of their 12-round conflict, with Davis’ WBA light-weight title on the road, the fighters hosted a ultimate pre-fight press convention, previewed their bout and got here head to head.
The Baltimore-native Davis returns to battle in D.C. for the primary time since 2016. He headlines a stacked pay-per-view lineup towards the damaging and streaking Hector Luis Garcia. “Tank” wants a win to pave the way in which for the just lately introduced blockbuster conflict towards unbeaten star Ryan Garcia within the Spring of 2023.
The press convention additionally featured the co-main occasion fighters, unbeaten Jaron Ennis and Karen Chukhadzhian, who battle it out for the vacant interim IBF welterweight title. As nicely, welterweight contender Rashidi Ellis and Roiman Villa, who faceoff in a 12-round IBF welterweight title eliminator. Plus, two-division world champion Demetrius Andrade and Demond Nicholson, who meet in a 10-round tremendous middleweight PPV opener. Try under what the members needed to say from Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.
In Australia Davis vs Garcia airs reside on Sunday, January 8 on Kayo.
“We educated onerous. He’s been saying some issues which have turned me up. You positively don’t need to miss this one. We’re going to verify it is a powerful battle for him. Don’t get no popcorn throughout this battle. Hold your butt glued to the seat. I promise you it’s gonna be fireworks.
“That is my job. I’ve been doing it since I used to be seven. I do know that quite a bit comes with it, but when I cease now, then I wouldn’t have carried out what I got here to do.
“D.C. has all the time been thrilling in terms of boxing. There’s numerous expertise right here that individuals sleep on. It’s a boxing city and I’m excited to come back again and be combating right here. We used to should get by way of D.C. to get to the nationwide degree within the amateurs, so I all the time handled this place like a second house.
“Garcia earned his spot on this battle for what he’s carried out this previous yr. He’s been in good fights and overwhelmed good fighters. He’s not somebody to sleep on. He’s a tricky opponent and that is going to organize me for a Ryan Garcia battle subsequent.
“I simply need to placed on an ideal efficiency in entrance of a pleasant crowd and present everybody that I’m one of many high guys.
“There’s been numerous speak from different fighters within the division. I’m placing them on discover with this battle and the Ryan battle. I can’t get to Ryan until I get previous Héctor. I’m displaying everybody that I’m one of many elite guys.
“The very last thing I need to say to Héctor is simply, be prepared. I’ve had an ideal camp and I do know that Héctor’s coming. Simply don’t make numerous errors, as a result of when you make too many, it may be an early night time.
“This can be a stacked card. Saturday night time, boxing wins. From the primary battle to my battle, you don’t wanna miss it.”
Hector Luis Garcia
“My camp couldn’t have been higher. My crew is tireless, and we work so onerous. Everybody goes to see the outcomes on Saturday night time.
“I really feel equally snug at 130 and 135 kilos. I took this problem as a result of I all the time need to surpass my very own limits and go after the easiest. On the finish of the day, it’s as much as me to be at my finest on Saturday night time.
“The underside line for me is that I can battle at no matter distance the battle requires me to. I can use my attain or my energy. I’m going to be prepared.
“I feel the forwards and backwards we’ve had is regular and in good enjoyable. It brings extra warmth to the battle and it most likely motivates us each extra.
“Gervonta higher be careful on Saturday night time. As a result of he lit the aggressive fireplace beneath me when he put his fingers on me throughout the face off.
“The actual Garcia is correct right here. I don’t care who he’s targeted on, as a result of I do know that I’m the true problem. Followers are going to see an exciting battle. It’s going to be a present that everybody is gonna get pleasure from.”
“This win can put me proper in line for Errol Spence Jr. This can be a excellent time to make a giant assertion and I can’t wait.
“I’m seeking to make a press release to the entire world. I’m simply targeted on placing on a present, getting an explosive knockout after which seeing what’s subsequent.
“I’m on my ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. I don’t go in there searching for the knockout, but when I see that opening, I’m positively taking it. I’m not afraid to get him out early. Everybody is aware of I’m out and in like a theft.
“I’m placing my very own twist on Tyson. I picked up just a few issues from watching Tyson, so that is gonna be a enjoyable night time. I’m going to be explosive with it.
“My message to the world is simply proceed to observe me develop and progress and be sure to don’t miss this knockout on Saturday night time. Philly is certainly gonna be within the constructing.”
“Jaron is a really robust fighter, however we’ve educated very nicely ourselves. I’ve labored with numerous totally different fighters in sparring and we’ve technique. I’m right here to battle and win.
“That is my probability to show myself to the U.S. public. Everybody is aware of the most important fights are right here within the U.S. and I plan to be again once more.
“I’ve needed a chance like this and I’m very motivated lastly being right here within the U.S. I’m coming to win for everyone rooting me on in Ukraine.
“I can’t get caught up with worrying an excessive amount of about Ennis and what he can do. I’ve nice skills and I educated onerous with just one purpose in thoughts. That’s profitable on Saturday night time.”
“I’m coming to take over the 147-pound division and present I’m the large canine on this division. We’re all the time prepared and Saturday is not any totally different.
“We’re going to see who’s high canine. Villa is in right here speaking loopy, so I’m going to should beat him down for it.
“All people is aware of what I need to do. I need the smoke. Give me the very best fighter accessible and I’m gonna get into that ring.
“This can be a nice stage for me to show my abilities. I do know that I’m the way forward for this division, I simply want the opponents in entrance of me that can let me present the entire world.
“You may positively say that’s the greatest battle of my profession, however on the finish of the day, I’m treating this like one other shift on the workplace. I’m coming to work.
“That is gonna be an ideal battle. He’s a robust, powerful man who’s gonna come ahead and attempt to hit me with a fortunate punch. If he needs to battle otherwise towards me, then I’ll be prepared for that too.”
“Discuss is reasonable. No matter he needs to say, he’s entitled to it. However I’m all about coming right here to do my job and provides the followers the present that they need to see. You’ll see the motion within the ring on Saturday night time.
“I’m no fortune teller. I’m simply going to manage what I can management and let or not it’s what it could be. I’m 100% prepared for this battle.
“I’m assured in my coaching. I’m rather more ready this time than I used to be for final victory, so my perception is sky excessive. If Ellis is underestimating me, he’s going to be in hassle.
“I come right here to symbolize not simply my nation, however the entire Latin neighborhood. We’re right here to make them proud and that’s what we’re going to do on Saturday night time.
“I studied at school, I’m not right here to review anyone. I’m going to come back after him and be aggressive. It doesn’t matter what occurs, I’m going to be myself.
“I need to keep humble, however I need to see if that smile that he’s obtained on his face proper now will stay after Saturday night time.”
“I’m simply bringing much more expertise to a stacked division. We’re right here to offer the individuals what they’ve been searching for, together with all the large fights.
“The message I’m sending is that the very best fighters must battle one another. There’s nothing standing in the way in which anymore. It’s time for us to get within the ring and make it occur.
“Everybody says they’re coming to make a splash, however I show it each single time after I step into the ring. I’m going to do what I all the time do and that’s win.
“I hope he brings the strain. I’m prepared for no matter. If he says this battle isn’t going the space, then I assume he’s taking place.”
“My purpose is to dominate and win no matter manner doable. I’m taking pictures for the moon. It’s my time now.
“I can’t be humble proper now. There’s no time for humbleness. Everyone seems to be saying I’m a tune-up, however that is the primary battle I’ve been 100% wholesome for.
“Everybody goes to see my abilities. On January 7, my new life and my profession begins. I’m not apprehensive about his speaking, I let my fingers speak for me.
“He hasn’t fought me but, so he can neglect about Jermall Charlo. He’s doing this factor the place he’s speaking about going through different fighters, however he has to beat me first. I’ve obtained a constructed up frustration about it. You’re by no means purported to look previous the subsequent man.
“I’ve to use the strain. Strain bursts pipes. This battle is just not going the space.”
Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports activities & Occasion Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
“Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia is the primary large boxing occasion of 2023 and the primary of many excessive stakes high quality matchups we’re placing collectively on SHOWTIME. Davis is taking an enormous threat towards a fighter like [Héctor Luis] Garcia. He’s one of many hottest fighters in boxing and a candidate for 2022 Fighter of the 12 months.
“This will likely be ‘Tank’s’ thirteenth time on SHOWTIME and fifth time on pay-per-view, and by now we all know what to anticipate. Each time ‘Tank’ fights, he’s must-see TV. He has bought out arenas in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore and Brooklyn. His final battle in Could was probably the most attended fight sports activities occasion at Barclays Middle. When you look throughout boxing for fighters with these type of attendance numbers, you’ll be able to depend them on one hand.
“From established veterans to a number of the finest younger fighters within the sport, it is a unbelievable card from high to backside. Be sure to get there early, and we’ll see you there.”
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