If reports are accurate, the Hector Luis Garcia fight in Washington represents another solid event for Gervonta Davis and his rise in the sport.
Davis recorded a ninth round stoppage victory over Garcia when the fighter from the Dominican Republic couldn’t return from his stool after taking punishment in the eighth. The broadcast picked up audio of the WBA super featherweight champion saying that he ‘couldn’t see.’
‘Tank’ recorded his 28th victory in as many fights that night on the PBC / Showtime box office card – which is impressive considering the whole thing looked in doubt just days before.
The young fighter from Baltimore was placed in police custody following an accusation of domestic violence, however the female who made the complaint later rescinded it publicly.
With the event going ahead as planned, veteran sports journalist, Dan Rafael, has now reported that it sold around 200,000 pay-per-views in the US. This follows a similar pattern from all of ‘Tank’-headlined events.
Sources: @Gervontaa-Hector Luis Garcia @ShowtimeBoxing PPV tops 200k buys. Read my story, which has numbers for all of Tank's PPVs, & also subscribe to my #boxing newsletter: https://t.co/RNE71mPaU2#DavisGarcia@StephenEspinoza@mabramson13@DeBlaz@AlBernstein@JimGrayOfficial
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) January 19, 2023
Despite being known to purists for one of the upsets of 2022 – a decision victory over Chris Colbert – Luis Garcia certainly isn’t a huge name in the sport. That, paired with the early January 7 date and the extremely successful live gate, all support the argument that Davis is now one the biggest US stars in the sport.
The victory for ‘Tank’ sets up a super fight with fellow undefeated star, Ryan Garcia. The pair have tentatively agreed to meet on April 15 in Las Vegas at a catchweight of 136lb, and ‘Tank’ has previously predicted that it could sell over one million pay-per-views.
Set to be a dual broadcast and co-promoted affair, the match up is a welcome change in a sport that often sees big fights fail at the negotiation stage.