Gervonta Davis defended his WBA world light-weight championship, beating Hector Luis Garcia by TKO early Sunday morning after eight rounds.
Davis shrugged off a sluggish begin to enhance to 28-0 with 26 KOs and hand Garcia his first skilled loss in his seventeenth match. Garcia held in powerful with Davis early however couldn’t reply the bell for the ninth spherical.
The Baltimore native preventing in his second hometown is scheduled to face Ryan Garcia in April in considered one of boxing’s most anticipated showdowns of the yr.
However first, “Tank” Davis needed to get by way of Garcia, the Dominican who he mentioned “earned his spot” because of a powerful 2022.
After the sellout crowd of 19,731 waited till simply earlier than 1 a.m. for the beginning of the primary occasion, Davis and Garcia waited a bit of longer to get going, beginning with a few low-event rounds and only a few punches thrown. Davis discovered his groove within the fourth spherical, touchdown a number of jabs and bringing followers to their ft.
An altercation within the stands ringside led the referee to cease the motion halfway by way of the eighth spherical, as Davis and Garcia have been distracted by the disturbance. The combat resumed for greater than a minute, and Davis placed on a present till the bell, touchdown sufficient blows to finish the match.
The combat headlined Showtime’s first main occasion on the constructing now often called Capital One Area since Mike Tyson’s remaining bout in 2005 in opposition to Kevin McBride.
It was at risk of being known as off when Davis was arrested and charged with home violence in late December, earlier than the girl who known as police put out a press release on social media days later saying Davis “didn’t hurt me or our daughter.” Davis mentioned he was not anxious in regards to the combat not taking place, saying he simply wished to clear his identify.
Within the co-feature, Jaron “Boots” Ennis gained the interim IBF welterweight championship by unanimous resolution in opposition to Ukraine’s Karen Chukhadzhian, going the gap for the primary time in his profession to stay unbeaten at 30-0. The fast-rising Philadelphia native had by no means gone past six rounds earlier than.
“I’m glad I went 12 rounds,” Ennis mentioned. “I felt nice. I felt I used to be in the very best form. I simply must throw extra punches. I ought to have gotten him out of right here.” On the undercard, Roiman Villa knocked down Rashidi Ellis on the bell within the twelfth spherical and pulled off an upset by majority resolution in an IBF welterweight title eliminator. Ellis misplaced for the primary time in 25 fights and disagreed with the choice.
“I need the rematch immediately,” Ellis mentioned. “I assumed I used to be dictating the combat. I don’t know. I don’t know what occurred.”