Gervonta Davis against Hector Luis Garcia is official, with both fighters making weight ahead of their Washington DC lightweight clash.
Following his arrest earlier this week, many assumed that the Davis-headlined PBC show would be pulled from the schedule at the last minute.
‘Tank’s accuser publicly withdrew accusations she had made, though, and the undefeated fighter from Baltimore seems content that a night in police custody hasn’t affected his preparations.
He weighed in alongside Garcia on Friday, both men coming in at 134lb – one pound under the lightweight limit. ‘Tank’ looked subdued on the stage, keen to rehydrate and move closer to fight night.
Garcia – who is being seen as a ‘tune-up’ fight before Davis faces his namesake, Ryan Garcia – has previously campaigned at featherweight and super featherweight, the 134 on the scales being a career high.
After a lighter start to his career, ‘Tank’ has hovered around the 130lb mark, but is comfortable at lightweight and has fought as high as super lightweight at 140lb – a knockout victory over Mario Barrios. He enters the ring the heavy favourite and has said he’s looking to add 26th knockout to his undefeated record.
ES News reported that ‘Tank’ was taken immediately for a VADA test as part of the doping programme for the fight – a random test that’s unfortunate timing after a weight cut.
The American recently made headlines by telling Conor Benn to ‘get off them drugs’ – a reference to Benn’s recent scandal involving testing positive, twice, for a banned substance.
Elsewhere on the card, rising American star, Jaron Ennis, is one to keep an eye on. He faces Karen Chukhadzhian in a welterweight contest for IBF interim title.
Undefeated – and somewhat untested according to many fans – Demetrius Andrade returns to the ring to face Demond Nicholson in a super middleweight bout.
The action goes down on Saturday January 7. US fans can tune in on Showtime PPV at a cost $74.99, whilst those in the UK are able to access the event through FiteTV for £8.99.