Hector Luis Garcia, who fights Gervonta Davis on Saturday night, has explained his unchanged mentality ahead of the fight despite Davis’ latest arrest.
Garcia is the current WBA super-featherweight champion having defeated Roger Gutierrez back in August. However, many fans still see him as a ‘tune-up’ for ‘Tank’ in preparation for the pencilled in all-American clash with Ryan Garcia.
Hector Garcia will see the bout as an opportunity to cause the first major upset of the year, but his opponent being arrested this week created doubts that it would even go ahead.
Undefeated lightweight challenger, Davis, was taken into police custody for a domestic violence charge last week, but the female who called it in rescinded her allegations and the fight goes ahead as planned.
In an interview with Fight Hub TV, Garcia responded to the news and spoke on remaining focused.
“I try to stay positive knowing that sometimes things are out of your control. You don’t know why, but you have got to follow your path, I just kept focussed and stayed training knowing that the fight would still happen. That was my mindset at the time.
At this stage of the game, to worry about it being cancelled or not, what good was it going to do me? I had to stay focussed and think that there was going to be a fight. Whether the fight happened or not, it was out of my control, but I also knew the possibility of the fight being cancelled. If it had been cancelled, then I would have fought somebody else in the future, so I didn’t worry about that.”
When you are a professional athlete like I am, you have to stay focussed, know that you have a gift and not let external noise affect you. I know that he is focussed, he is ready for the fight, regardless of what happened. So we will see who is the best on Saturday night.”
The fight will take place on January 7 in Washington, with no UK broadcaster confirmed as of yet. However, the event can be purchased on Showtime PPV at a price of $74.99 for fans in the United States.
The undercard features highly rated prospect, Jaron Ennis, challenging for the interim IBF welterweight title as well as former WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade.