Unbeaten WBA super featherweight champion Héctor Luis García (16-0, 10 KOs) shared insights into his training camp as he prepares to challenge WBA “regular” lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis on Saturday on PPV from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
On his matchup with Davis:
“Davis in my opinion is a top pound-for-pound fighter and one of the biggest punchers in boxing, so I know going into this fight that I’m an underdog. Not a lot of people are giving me a chance in this fight, but that’s what motivates me. I was in the same situation going into the Colbert fight, but this time I had a real training camp. I believe my style will give ‘Tank’ problems. I’m a southpaw with many tricks and I will be using all of them when I step in the ring on January 7.”
On his recent training camp:
“Training camp for this fight has been something special as I’ve been taking all my strength and conditioning to another level. I’m running in high elevation, getting the proper sparring and everything has come together perfectly. I’ve had plenty of time to prepare for Gervonta Davis, so I’ll be the best version of myself on fight night. Bob Santos, my head trainer, is not only a masterful strategist, but he’s also controlling my diet, so my body is feeling great, and my weight is on point. The team I have around me right now is the best one I’ve had in my whole career.”
On what a win does for his career:
“A victory against ‘Tank’ will solidify me as one of the best fighters in the world. I already believe that in my own mind, but the world will realize how good I am after this fight. I didn’t get here by myself. I want to thank my team for all their support. Getting this fight has changed my life forever but winning it will do wonders for everyone on my team.”
On fighting for his countrymen back home in the Dominican Republic:
“Everyone back home will be watching this fight, so I want to make them proud with a great performance. Right now, the Dominican Republic is making big news in boxing. (WBA Super Lightweight World champion) Alberto Puello is a world champion and Carlos Adames will be soon. All of us are family and we love the support we get from our people back home. Fighters from the Dominican Republic are on the rise and we are here to stay.”
Garcia may be poised to be Davis, but his biggest challenge is facing Tank’s power as the fight progresses. Garcia’s will to win cannot be questioned, but I think he will have his hands full dealing with Tank’s counter punching coupled with the power. Garcia’s best strategy is to move off the jab and keep Tank on the end of his punches away from the ropes. Once Garcia’s back touches those ropes look for Tank to land hard counters slowly breaking Garcia down. Davis TKO.
Might be an upset brewing, I heard Tank’s sparring hasn’t been go well. First they said he was beating the partner down but then she recounted and said he didn’t do anything
How many Southpaws has Tank fought? Why fight a Southpaw to prepare for Ryan. Trap fight
Do that many boxing fans care if Tank wins this? Ryan Garcia isn’t a lightweight anymore. Hard for Hector Luis Garcia to get a decision vs Tank in DC. Remember when Khan lost to Peterson in DC? Tank probably doesn’t care about the scorecards after 12. Unless Tank clearly lost 8 rounds, then Tank might worry. Tank keeps getting himself in trouble, another Jermain Taylor story in the making.
Tank might as well move up to 140 and wait for Devin Haney to get up there and drop Top Rank. Who cares about anymore 135 (or 136 lbs) fights for Tank? Tank could sign with Richard Schaefer’s Probellum.
Top guys at 140 aren’t fighting each other either so what’s the point in everyone moving up?
This cats getting KOed, Tank in 8!
Hopefully they are as good as their records and it’s a good fight
I was at the Peterson/Khan fight live in DC; I thought Lamont pulled it off. He had Khan in trouble a few times in that fight, great fight, was definitely close. Tank/HL Garcia should be a good one. Have to see if Garcia is able to perform at this stage, Tank has been there before. Still don’t think Tank/Ryan Garcia happens in April, somethings gonna derail it.
It makes sense to pick Davis, but I have a strange feeling Davis is going through too many distractions for this fight in D.C.
I am also wondering if Davis is overlooking a solid fighting Hector Garcia by thinking of a possible future fight against Ryan Garcia.
I should conduct a pocket change search for this fight and bet on Hector Garcia to win.
He is a smart, well trained and Salas is a genius. He has as good as a shot as any body else in the 130,135 (Us little dudes are made for War.)
Team Salas is keenly aware of what P4P top ten Tank brings to the table.
This does not make the distance. Expect an awesome fight by both and stock a’ razing’.
Would be nothing short of an upset. GL