By: Sean Cross
16-0 Hector Luis Garcia stepped into the ring hoping to shock the world Saturday night at Washington DC’s Capital One Arena. There is still time left for Garcia to take part in a scheduled twelve-round affair against 27-0 multi-division titleholder Gervonta “Tank” Davis. The famous Davis Another Garcia was lined up to fight in 2023 – the famous and strong Ryan Garcia. But first, Davis had to get past the man in front of him and that was Hector Luis Garcia, a junior lightweight world title contender known to upset the apple cart. Their fight was the main event of the pay-per-view card.
The first was low octane, a feeling in which one did not make any particular note. Garcia had some nice moments in the second as the pace picked up a bit. Although Davis landed more effective shots in the third, Davis remained patient as usual. Before Davis really came alive, he landed a hard right on Garcia in the fourth, tagging the man several times. The fifth was close, but Davis was able to put the punches together in the final seconds. Garcia took the man to choke in the sixth. On the other hand, Davis fired and landed well.
Both men kept it sharp in the seventh, as they had done in the fight. But Davis may have edged him with a hard right and a slightly sharp punch. Both men were landing well in the eighth, when an incident in the stands brought the fight to an abrupt halt. The action resumed after approximately a minute or so. Davis began stringing punches together. Garcia was badly rocked by Davis with less than 20 seconds left in the round. Clearly hurt, he was able to make it to the bell.
But between rounds, Garcia told him he couldn’t see the edge. The fight was stopped early in the ninth by Garcia’s corner request.