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Jervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia: Results, Highlights: ‘The Tank’ scores TKO, sets up rematch against Ryan Garcia

Jervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia: Results, Highlights: ‘The Tank’ scores TKO, sets up rematch against Ryan Garcia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One Garcia lost, one left.

After a slow start, lightweight superstar Jervonta “The Tank” Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) relied on his trademark power to force 130-pound titleholder Hector Luis Garcia (16-1, 10 KOs) into submission on Saturday at Capital One Arena , in the final stretch before a proposed April showdown with fellow undefeated Ryan Garcia.

“God willing, I’m ready to fight,” Davis said. “It’s scheduled for April and I’m here. For my part, I’m ready. I’ll take a week off and come back [in the gym] probably.”

Davis, a native of nearby Baltimore, has maintained his poise and focus despite a tumultuous training camp that saw the 28-year-old spend a night in jail a week before the fight following a misdemeanor domestic violence arrest.

Garcia, 31, who boxed for his native Dominican Republic in the 2016 Olympics, relied on his technique and length to force the shorter Davis to take his time early on. But the game picked up considerably in the 4th round as the pair of southpaws traded big punches from close range.

The action continued until the 8th round when a brawl in the front two rows of the crowd caused a surprising stoppage of action while ringside security dealt with the situation. When the fight resumed, Davis began walking Garcia with big left hands and appeared to briefly pin him for the remainder of the round.

Garcia, who complained in his corner after the round that he couldn’t see, was unable to answer the bell early in round 9, giving Davis a TKO victory to retain his second WBA lightweight title.

“I was a little surprised, but when I caught him I knew he was hurt and he was hurt bad,” Davis said. “He’s a fighter, and I know he didn’t want to show it, but he was hurt.”

The official stoppage time was 13 seconds in the 9th round with Davis scoring 78-73, 78-73 and 78-74 on the scoreboards.

“When I got punched in the head in the last round, I couldn’t see anymore,” Garcia said.

Despite Garcia’s best efforts, who was constantly in striking range and willing to trade punches with the bigger puncher, Davis outscored his opponent 99 to 55, according to ShoStats. Davis also landed an incredible 53% of his power shots.

“I feel like I have a lot of work to do,” Davis said. “I’m a fighter and I’m not retired, so my cup is never full. I am always willing to learn.

“[I struggled] a little bit because I don’t fight lefties that often, but that’s okay because it’s part of the game.”

Garcia enjoyed a breakout year in 2022, handing Chris Colbert his first loss before winning the WBA 130-pound title over Roger Gutierrez to become a dark horse in the fighter of the year conversation.

After the fight, Davis admitted that the only opponent who has a chance to beat him is himself.

“[I need to] bring my people closer and listen to my loved ones and listen [adviser] Al Haymon and just stay focused,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of bumps in the road, but as long as we stay focused together, I’ll have longevity in this sport.”

CBS Sports was with you all the way Saturday with live scores and highlights below.

Fight card, results

  • Jervonta Davis won. Hector Luis Garcia by TKO in the ninth round
  • Jaron Ennis won. Karen Chukhajian by unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-108)
  • Royman Villa won. Rashidy Ellis by majority decision (114-112, 114-112, 113-113)
  • Demetrius Andrade def. Demond Nicholson by unanimous decision (100-88, 100-88, 100-88)

Davis vs Garcia Scoreboard Live

Davis 10 9 9 10 10 9 10 10 technical knockout 77
Garcia 9 10 10 9 9 10 9 9 75

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