It’s back to the drawing board, apparently, for Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
The hard-hitting, 135-pound southpaw from Baltimore was recently asked if his fight with fellow lefty Hector Luis Garcia last Saturday at Capitol One Arena in Washington D.C. served as ideal preparation for his forthcoming showdown with Ryan Garcia, and Davis largely demurred, citing a marked difference in styles.
“Not really,” Davis told SecondsOut. “Because he (Luis Garcia) was a southpaw. He don’t have no style like Ryan. Not really. Not really.”
Luis Garcia, who retired on the stool after the eighth round against Davis, came up from 130 pounds, where he owns a belt, to land Saturday’s assignment. On the other hand, Ryan Garcia, who hits harder and is taller than the Dominican, will be coming down in weight to fight Davis. Garcia’s last fight, a stoppage of Javier Fortuna, was contested at 140.
Davis and Garcia agreed to face each other a couple of months ago. But the undefeated puncher indicated at the post-fight press conference on Saturday that a deal with Ryan Garcia had not been finalized. Their proposed 12-round fight, regarded as one of the most marketable non-title fights that can be made in the sport, is expected to take place this spring in Las Vegas at a catchweight of 136 pounds. Ryan Garcia opted not to have his own “tune-up” fight.
“We just waiting for Ryan to accept on his side, and let’s get the job done,” Davis said.
Luis Garcia offered a competitive outing in the early going, tagging Davis with jabs and shots to the body. But Davis, a conservative puncher from a volume standpoint, never seemed bothered by his opponent’s boxing ability, and seemed content to take his time. Eventually, toward the middle rounds, Davis found his ideal range and began landing some of his more harrowing power punches. The pivotal eighth round saw Luis Garcia absorb a slew of strafing blows.
Davis, who sold out the Capitol One Arena lasy Saturday, entered that fight with a considerable cloud hanging over his head, stemming from allegations of domestic violence. In a separate matter, Davis will have to appear in court in February to address allegations of a hit-and-run accident he was a part of two years ago. Davis' charges include fleeing the scene of an accident that involved four people, including a pregnant woman. The outcome of Davis’ trial could affect his fight date with Garcia.