Hector Luis Garcia motivated by underdog status against Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis on Saturday

By Boxing News - 01/04/2023 - Comments

By Sam Volz: Hector Luis Garcia knows what he’s up against taking on one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis on Saturday night on Showtime PPV, but he’s motivated by coming in as an underdog. The card begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. ET.

In Hector’s last two fights against Chris Colbert and Roger Gutierrez, he’s come into them with boxing expecting him to lose, but on both occasions, he found a way to win.

On Saturday, January 7th, the undefeated 2016 Olympian Hector Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs) believes he’ll once again upset the oddsmakers and, in turn, spoil Gervonta Davis & Showtime’s plans for a mega-fight against Ryan Garcia in April.

Under that circumstance, the Tank vs. Ryan ‘Kingry’ Garcia fight can still happen in April, but it might be with Gervonta coming in off the back of a loss instead of an impressive win over Hector, as he’s hoping.

Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) faces the 31-year-old WBA super featherweight champion Hector Garcia this Saturday, January 7th, on Showtime PPV at the Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C.

“I understand I’m an underdog. Not many people are giving me any shot of victory in this bout, but that’s what’s motivating for this encounter,” Hector Luis Garcia said about Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.

Compared to the recent opposition that Tank Davis has been feasted on, thanks to his former promoters at Mayweather Promotions, Hector Garcia is light years better.

The 28-year-old Davis has been kept well-matched up to this point, being put in with beatable opposition like Rolando Rolly Romero, Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz, Leo Santa Cruz, Mario Barrios, Jose Pedraza, and Hugo Ruiz.

“I believe how I fight gives Gervonta issues,” Hector continued. “I’m a southpaw with many tricks.

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“A victory against ‘Tank’ will make me a top fighter in boxing. I already believe that in my mind, but the world will realize how good I am after this fight,” said Garcia.

Well, for Hector to win, he’s going to need to outbox Gervonta because, as we’ve seen with his recent opponents, it doesn’t pay to go to war with him. After all, that plays directly into his hands.

Even if a fighter like Hector were to make it the entire 12 round fight against Tank, the judges would likely give it to the star because he’s landing the harder, more eye-catching shots that get the attention.