World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is praising Hector Luis Garcia for deciding to sit on the stool, prior to the ninth round of last Saturday's lightweight clash with Gervonta Davis.
In what became a grueling fight that saw success for both boxers, Davis rocked Garcia with several heavy punches in the eight - and had him in serious trouble at the end of the round.
When Garcia returned to his corner, he advised them that his vision was impaired - specifically in his right eye. The fight was waved off a moment later, as the bell rang to begin the ninth.
Afterwards, Garcia admitted that he was badly hurt by one of Davis' punches and briefly lost vision in the right eye.
Garica was criticized by some fans, who believe he quit - but Sulaiman disagrees.
"Gervonta Davis once again shocked the boxing world with a spectacular knockout before a sellout crowd that broke the all-time gate record in the arena, going over the previous record held by The Rolling Stones! Davis defeated brave Dominican Héctor García, who put up a great fight but could not resist the powerful punch of the North American," Sulaiman said.
"The decision of [Hector Luis Garcia] not to continue when telling his corner that he could not see, at the end of the eighth round, was very wise. Even when his trainer implored him to continue, the fight did not and thus set a much-needed example for all corners.
"If the fighter asks not to continue, then the fight must be ended. We have tried on several occasions to keep the corners without the presence of the father of the fighter; that pressure of the father-son relationship has proved to be too tough on the fighters on many occasions."
Davis’ exciting ninth-round stoppage over García will air on SHOWTIME this Saturday, January 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, giving fans another chance to watch Davis’ methodical breakdown of the previously undefeated champion Garcia.
In addition, Roiman Villa’s thrilling comeback majority decision victory against formerly unbeaten Rashidi Ellis on the pay-per-view undercard will also be included in Saturday’s delayed telecast. Villa sent Ellis to the canvas twice in the pivotal 12th round to clinch the decision.