Photos: Gervonta Davis, Héctor Luis García Prepare for Battle in WBA Lightweight Title Showdown – Andrade, Ennis, Ellis, Nicholson, More!

By Boxing News - 01/07/2023 - Comments

By Paul R. Jones!  Reigning WBA (Regular) World lightweight champion, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (27-0, 25 KOs), and WBA Super Featherweight World Champ, Héctor Luis García (16-0, 10 KOs), had their final chance to face off on Friday at the weigh-in, a fitting prelude to their showdown on Saturday night at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photos © Paul R. Jones!).

With the buzz surrounding the Davis vs. García SHOWTIME pay-per-view (PPV) card in overdrive, here are some bonus photos from the weigh-in:

As expected, Davis and García made the lightweight limit.

Co-headliners, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) and 4th-ranked IBF welterweight, Karen Chukhadzhian (21-1, 11 KOs), were also on weight for their clash to determine the next Interim IBF Welterweight Titlist.

#ICYMI: Ennis and Chukhadzhian engaged in a tense staredown that didn’t end until the fighters were separated by event staff.

Impressive welterweight contender, Rashidi Ellis (24-0, 15 KOs), and Colombian knockout artist, Roiman Villa (25-1, 24 KOs), who square off in perhaps the most intriguing fight of the night, also tipped the scales below the welterweight limit.

And former World Champ, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs), who is now campaigning at Super Middleweight, and his opponent, Demond Nicholson (26-4-1, 22 KOs), had no trouble making the Super Middleweight limit. The duo kicks-off the televised portion of the PPV card.

Although most of the marquee fights on the televised card feature underdogs with long odds on pulling off an upset (e.g., the odds on Ennis beating Chukhadzhian have run as high as 40-1), history teaches us that few things in boxing are a sure bet.



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