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One of the biggest stars in the sport, Baltimore native Gervonta "Tank" Davis has continued his domination at the pro level—becoming a five-time world champion, winning titles in three divisions and becoming one of the best fighters, pound for pound, in boxing today. Read Bio
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The incredible story of the two long-time trainers of undefeated five-time world champion and boxing superstar, Gervonta "Tank" Davis.
A look back at Davis' impressive KO win over Ryan Garcia, its impact on the sport and much more.
The undefeated three-division champion delivers a masterful performance in front of a sellout crowd at T-Mobile to establish himself as the new face of the sport.
Gervonta Davis Fights
Win vs Ryan Garcia 23-0-0
Apr 22, 2023 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Gervonta Davis WINS against Ryan Garcia by KO in Round 7 of 12
Win vs Hector Luis Garcia 16-1-0
Jan 07, 2023 • Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Gervonta Davis WINS against Hector Luis Garcia by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Rolando Romero 15-1-0
May 28, 2022 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Gervonta WINS against Rolando Romero by TKO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Isaac Cruz 25-2-1
Dec 05, 2021 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Gervonta Davis WINS against Isaac Cruz by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Mario Barrios 27-2-0
Jun 26, 2021 • State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Gervonta Davis WINS against Mario Barrios by TKO in Round 11 of 13
Win vs Leo Santa Cruz 38-2-1
Oct 31, 2020 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Gervonta Davis WINS against Leo Santa Cruz by KO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Yuriorkis Gamboa 30-5-0
Dec 28, 2019 • State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Gervonta Davis WINS against Yuriorkis Gamboa by KO in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Ricardo Nunez 21-3-0
Jul 27, 2019 • Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Gervonta Davis WINS against Ricardo Nunez by TKO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Hugo Ruiz 39-5-0
Feb 09, 2019 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Gervonta Davis WINS against Hugo Ruiz by KO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Jesus Cuellar 29-4-0
Apr 21, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Gervontae Davis WINS against Jesus Cuellar by TKO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Francisco Fonseca 19-0-1
Aug 26, 2017 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Francisco Fonseca by KO in Round 8 of 12
Win vs Liam Walsh 21-0-0
May 20, 2017 • Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom
Gervonta Davis WINS against Liam Walsh by TKO in Round 3 of 12
WIN vs Jose Pedraza 28-3-0
Jan 14, 2017 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Jose Pedraza LOSES to Gervonta Davis by TKO in Round 7 of 12
Win vs Mario Antonio Macias 28-18-0
Jun 03, 2016 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Mario Antonio Macias by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Guillermo Avila Godinez 15-5-0
Apr 01, 2016 • DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Guillermo Avila Godinez by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Guillermo Avila 16-5-0
Apr 01, 2016 • DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Guillermo Avila by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Luis Sanchez 17-4-1
Dec 18, 2015 • Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Luis Sanchez by KO in Round 9 of 10
Win vs Cristobal Cruz 40-18-4
Oct 30, 2015 • The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Cristobal Cruz by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Recky Dulay 8-1-0
Sep 12, 2015 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Recky Dulay by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Israel Suarez-Olmeda 4-4-2
Feb 20, 2015 • CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Israel Suarez-Olmeda by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Israel Suarez 4-4-2
Feb 20, 2015 • CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Israel Suarez by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Meraz 47-31-1
Oct 08, 2014 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Meraz by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs German Meraz 47-31-1
Oct 08, 2014 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against German Meraz by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Hector Lopez 0-0-0
Aug 01, 2014 • Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Hector Lopez by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Joshua Arocho 3-9-4
May 16, 2014 • Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Joshua Arocho by RTD in Round 2 of 4
Win vs James Franks 2-8-1
Dec 14, 2013 • Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against James Franks by TKO in Round 2 of 0
Win vs Eric Jamar Goodall 1-1-0
Oct 17, 2013 • Steel Stacks Arts Quest Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Eric Jamar Goodall by TKO in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Rafael Casias 4-7-0
Jul 20, 2013 • Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Rafael Casias by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Jonathan Gears 0-0-0
Jun 08, 2013 • EchoStage Lounge, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Jonathan Gears by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Jacob Ninow 0-0-0
Apr 20, 2013 • Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Jacob Ninow by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Desi Williams 0-4-0
Feb 22, 2013 • DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Gervonta Davis WINS against Desi Williams by KO in Round 1 of 4
Gervonta Davis Bio
Gervonta “Tank” Davis is not only one of the best fighters in boxing today, he’s also one of its biggest stars. Davis, a southpaw from Baltimore, Maryland, has dazzled fans all over with his elite boxing style and frightening power as he looks to establish a legendary legacy.
"BOXING HAS SAVED MY LIFE"
Long before embarking on a road that would lead him to the precipice of boxing immortality, Gervonta Davis was a lost soul roaming the streets of a crime-filled section of West Baltimore, seemingly destined to become another tragic statistic.
Jail or death—those appeared to be the only life options for young men living in and around Davis’ rough neighborhood. A southpaw nicknamed “Tank” by an amateur coach for his large head, Davis spent time in foster care and group homes. Fortunately, with the help of one of his friends, Quaadir Gurley, Davis found a safe haven within the confines of The Upton Boxing Center’s gym at age seven. He quickly threw himself into the sport fists first.
Gurley introduced Davis to his father, Calvin Ford, the man who would eventually become Davis’ longtime coach. The inspiration for the character, Dennis “Cutty” Wise on the popular HBO television series, “The Wire,” Ford guided Davis through a 206-15 amateur career that included winning a National Golden Gloves Championship in 2012, three consecutive National Silver Gloves crowns from 2006-2008, and two each in the National Junior Olympics gold medals, the National Police Athletic League, and the Ringside World Championships.
Two years before Gurley was shot and killed in 2013, Davis grieved the loss of Ronald Gibbs, a rising amateur boxer who was just 17 when he was stabbed to death while defending his sister during an argument. The following year, Angelo Ward, another promising amateur, was shot to death.
“Before Coach Ford, I had no father figure because my father was in and out of jail. Angelo Ward, Ronald Gibbs and Coach Calvin’s son—they’re guys who died and were such a major influence on my life,” said Davis, a lifelong Baltimore resident who dropped out of high school to focus on his career, later to earn a secondary degree through a GED program.
“Actually, many young men I used to look up to are either dead or in jail. Whenever I fight, I feel like their legacy is going into the ring with me. It’s a big responsibility, but I’ll take that. There’s a lot of bad stuff that comes from Baltimore, but if they see that one person can do it, then the next one can do it, and so on and so on. The only thing that I can do is to bring light to Baltimore. Boxing has saved my life.”
CATCHING THE EYE OF FLOYD MAYWEATHER
An 18-year-old Davis made his professional debut with an 89-second knockout of 125-pound rival Desi Williams on February 22, 2013. Davis displayed two-fisted power, dazzling speed, accuracy and athleticism.
Williams was the first of eight consecutive victories, all knockouts. In October 2014, Davis was extended the distance for the first time in his career, dropping German Meraz twice en route to a shutout unanimous decision win.
Davis resumed his knockout ways in emphatic fashion in 2015, scoring stoppages in all five of his bouts.
It was around this time that four-division champion Adrien Broner introduced Davis to the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr., who became the fighter’s promoter.
“Adrien Broner brought him to the gym (in Las Vegas), and we saw him work,” said Mayweather, who predicted Davis’ stardom. “We stacked the cards against him that day, but he’s a very explosive fighter and a future world champion.”
“There’s a lot of knowledge that Floyd has passed on to me,” he said, “showing me the right things in and outside of boxing. I’m trying to reach the next younger generation of fighters who look up to me.”
THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN
Davis became a two-time 130-pound champion over his next eight bouts, all knockouts. The road to the crown included a third-round stoppage of former champion Cristobal Cruz on October 10, 2015, improving Davis’ mark to 13-0 (12 KOs).
Davis needed just 41 seconds to finish Mexican veteran Mario Antonio Macias on June 3, 2016.
But it was his title-winning performance that made all sit up. On January 14, 2017, “Tank” steamrolled previously undefeated IBF world super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza, flattening him with a crunching right hook in the seventh round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In doing so, the 22-year-old Davis became America’s youngest reigning champion in boxing at the time, and the first Baltimore fighter with a world title since heavyweight Hasim Rahman upset Lennox Lewis in April 2001.
Davis had won his first world title in only his 17th professional fight, surpassing Mayweather, who won his first championship in his 18th bout.
Davis went overseas for his first defense on May 20, 2017, scoring a third-round TKO over unbeaten Brit Liam Walsh in Walsh’s native England.
In Davis’ next bout, on the undercard of Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO of Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017, he stopped another unbeaten opponent, Francisco Fonseca, in eight rounds.
However, Davis would lose his title on the scales prior to the bout. But he wouldn’t be without a belt for long.
On April 21, 2018, Davis returned to Barclays Center, where he first won a world title, and captured another with a third-round TKO over former champion Jesus Cuellar.
Davis was fast becoming one of the biggest names in the sport. He was scheduled to face three-division world champion Abner Mares on February 9, 2019. A win over Mares would have catapulted him to superstar status. However, Mares suffered an eye injury during training and was forced to pull out.
Nevertheless, the stars were out to see Davis as Drake, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown, Birdman, Jeezy and more sat ringside at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Davis didn’t disappoint, obliterating late replacement Hugo Ruiz inside one round.
On July 27, 2019, Davis became the first Baltimore native to defend in his hometown since Harry Jeffra defended the featherweight world title in 1940.
Naturally, he did it in style.
In front of a sellout crowd of 14,686 raucous fans at the Royal Farms Arena, “Tank” manhandled Ricardo Nunez, putting him away with a series of left-hand power shots in the second round.
“It’s amazing to fight in front of my fans and friends,” Davis said. “It’s not only a win for me, but a win for Baltimore. He wasn’t ready at all times. I took advantage and I took the shot. I caught him with a good shot. I’m only 24 and I’m growing every day. I’m learning and progressing, I’m working.”
People took notice. Davis drew over 200,000 searches on that Saturday alone, making him number one on Google Trends for that day. Further, two different social media videos of Davis’ KO of Nunez drew over 1.4 million views.
According to a Forbes.com article, based on the metrics they analyzed, Davis was poised to become boxing’s next pay-per-view star.
BRINGING BOXING BACK TO ATLANTA
On December 28, 2019, Davis drew a boisterous crowd of 14,129 to State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Davis was attempting to become a two-division world champ as he took on former unified world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in Georgia’s first world title match in over 21 years. On the line was the WBA world lightweight title.
Davis was sharp early on, dropping Gamboa with a short left in the second round. Gamboa rose but limped for the rest of the frame. Afterward, it was revealed that he tore an Achilles and would require surgery.
In lasting until the twelfth, Gamboa not only showed bravery, but also had his moments during the fight. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome Davis, who dropped Gamboa in the eighth and finally in the 12th to close the show at 1:17 of the frame.
“Coming into this fight, I knew Gamboa was a tough opponent, even though everybody was writing him off,” Davis said. “I was catching him and I was hurting him, even though he was alert. I believe my performance was a C-plus.”
BECOMING A PAY-PER-VIEW STAR
Having established himself as one of the game's biggest ticket sellers, it was time for Davis to take the next step and become it's next pay-per-view king. It's a mantle that was left behind by his promoter, Floyd Mayweather. And while Davis had the skill and will to carry that torch, he'd have to beat dangerous four-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz in order to get there.
The fight was set for Saturday, October 31 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, headlining a PBC on SHOWTIME pay-per-view. It was an epic back and forth, each fighter giving as good as they got for the better part of six rounds. But what looked to be the Fight of the Year instead turned into the KO of the Year as, with seconds remaining in the sixth, Davis knocked Santa Cruz out with a single left uppercut. No count was needed. Official time was 2:23 of the sixth.
Davis immediately began trending on social media as celebrities from Lebron James to "Magic" Johnson reacted to the knockout.
“Leo is a tough warrior and a strong Mexican fighter,” Davis said. “He came ready for me. I was just the better fighter tonight. I want to maintain both belts. Whatever decision me and my team comes up with, we’ll go with it. I’m not ducking or dodging anybody.
“I’m a pay-per-view star. Everybody knows I’m number one and I showed it tonight. I’m going to continue to show people all over the world that I’m the best. I don’t have to call anybody else out. I’m the top dog. Just line them up and I’ll knock them out.”
Three Divisions, Three Titles
On June 27, 2021, Davis put on a career-defining performance, moving up to 140-pounds and scoring a scintillating 11th round TKO over the previously-undefeated Mario Barrios to capture Barrios WBA Super Lightweight Championship. Davis did it in style--and in front of a vibrant crowd of 16,570 in Atlanta's State Farm Arena, live on SHOWTIME pay-per-view.
“I made it tough. I definitely could have made it easier but I went up two weight classes and I got the job done,” said the 26-year-old Baltimore native, who was headlining his second SHOWTIME PPV. “I hit him with some clean shots, but I’m the type of fighter that wants to catch you with clean shots. I don’t just want to throw any type of shot. The shots I was throwing were missing, but eventually I caught up with him.”
In a fight that lived up to its potential, Davis and Barrios combined to put on an unforgettable main event. After a slow opening four rounds in which Davis landed just 11 punches, the fight produced fireworks beginning in the fifth round. In the eighth round, “Tank” sent “El Azteca” to the canvas for both the first and second times of his career. First, Davis connected on a sweeping right hook that sent the former champion to the canvas. Moments later, a straight left hand by Davis dropped Barrios again. The brave Barrios rose to his feet, surviving Davis’ attempts to finish him in the eighth.
With International Boxing Hall of Famer and promoter Floyd Mayweather encouraging Davis in his corner, the southpaw came out rejuvenated in the eleventh round, realizing that the fight could be close on the scorecards. “Tank” dropped Barrios for the third time in the fight, this time with a left uppercut to the body. The bloodied Barrios rose again, only to be greeted with another barrage of punches from Davis. Referee Thomas Taylor stepped in to stop the fight at 2:13 of the eleventh round.
“I knew for sure if I catch him, I’m crackin,” Davis told SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray. “So I caught him, and it showed. My coach was telling me to go to a jab style but I’m a southpaw so they know I’m going to that jab side. So I would try and bait him in. I faked like I was going left, and I threw my right. And my hook over top, and that’s where I caught him.”
In the final six-and-a-half rounds, Davis landed 85 punches. He landed 45 percent of his power punches (82/182), while Barrios more than held his own, out-landing Davis in six of the ten completed rounds.
“I knew he was hurt. I just had to catch him at the right time,” Davis continued. “Floyd [Mayweather] came to me and was honest and said I was down,” continued Davis, who was actually ahead on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage. “So he said ‘show me that you’re great.’ And you know how we do it in the doghouse, baby!”
With the victory, Davis now holds world championships in three different divisions simultaneously, a feat only accomplished by a few other fighters in history, including Henry Armstrong and Canelo Alvarez.
“He has the potential to be one of the greatest ever,” said Mayweather. “When I first met ‘Tank’ when he was 14 or 15 years old, I told him I’d make him a world champion. And that you’ll be one of the best someday. I’m proud of him.”
Skills Pay The Bills
Davis was slated to face long-time rival and Mayweather Promotions stablemate Rolando "Rolly" Romero Sunday, December 5, 2021, in Los Angeles' Staples Center, live on PBC on SHOWTIME pay-per-view. However, Romero was replaced with an opponent many deemed to be even tougher, Mexico's Isaac "Pitbull" Cruz. The 23-year-old Cruz has taken the boxing world by storm, beginning with his head-turning 53-second KO of Diego Magdaleno in October 2020.
A star-studded and sellout crowd of 15,850 turned up to watch a thrilling back and forth. Davis put his boxing skills on display, winning a rousing 12-round round unanimous decision to retain his WBA Lightweight World Title. Scorecards read 116-112 and two scores of 115-113, all for Davis.
The atmosphere in the arena was electric, with scores of current and former NBA stars in attendance, including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kawhi Leonard, Dwight Howard, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce among others.
Accompanied by superstar rapper Lil Durk, Davis entered the ring in Laker purple and gold; tassels along his trunks with the late Kobe Bryant’s number “8” and “24” on each side. Cruz celebrated his Mexican heritage with a mariachi band behind him as he strode toward the ring.
There was no feeling-out process in the first. Cruz charged at the defending champion, pinning him against the ropes and wailing away. Davis found his rhythm in the second and third, circling the ring and walking Cruz into shots. In the fourth, Cruz concentrated his attack on the body, pounding Davis’ ribs.
The 27-year-old Baltimore native turned on the power in the fourth, alternating between the right hook and left cross behind his southpaw stance. More punishing blows came from Davis during the fifth.
“He’s a shorter fighter, so I was throwing down on the top of his head,” said Davis. “I hit him with my knuckle and messed it up. I hurt my hand in the sixth round. No matter if the opponent is taller or shorter, I’ve got to get through it. He’s a warrior. Even though he didn’t win, a star was born tonight.”
“It was right around the fifth round I saw that his hand wasn’t working correctly,” Cruz observed.
Davis boxed beautifully in the middle rounds, firing quick shots and pivoting away from the return fire. A right hook in the eighth briefly buzzed Cruz and brought the audience to their feet. But just when it appeared as if the fight was slipping away, Cruz fought fire with fire, landing a flush uppercut seconds before the bell.
The 23-year-old Mexican picked up the pace in the latter rounds, keeping Davis on his toes and pounding away. Davis held his own, fighting back on even terms until the fight’s end.
“Whatever the best opportunity is for me, I’ll do it," said Davis. "All of them guys are easy work. I’m the top dog.”
BACK AT BARCLAYS & BIGGER THAN EVER
On May 28, 2022, Davis took on arch-rival Rolando "Rolly" Romero atop a SHOWTIME pay-per-view presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The bout took place at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center and was a box office success – the highest-grossing and most-attended combat sports event in the arena’s history, including all mixed martial arts and wrestling events, with 18,970 in attendance for the spectacle on Memorial Day Weekend. The event was also one of the most attended events in arena history for any occasion, ranking in the top-five biggest, representing the return of big-time boxing to the arena.
A star-studded crowd that included Madonna, Tracey Morgan, Michael Strahan and a slew of other celebrities watched as Davis delivered a stunning, sensational stoppage of Romero, knocking him out with a single left hand in the sixth round.
“We did it again in New York City baby,” said Davis. “Thank you New York City. I won my first belt here and it was great to come back to Brooklyn and do it again.”
The fierce rivals finally settled their war of words in the ring in a highly-anticipated event, although the early rounds saw the fighters largely feeling each other out. Davis showed off his movement and boxing abilities through those rounds, while Romero, who promised a first-round knockout, was unable to hurt Davis despite pushing the pace initially.
In round six, Davis gave his legions of loyal fans what they had come out to see, landing the decisive blow as he had guaranteed in the pre-fight build-up. Davis closed the show with a fierce counter left hook that sent Romero face first into the ropes and onto the mat.
“The crazy thing is that I didn’t even throw it that hard,” said Davis. “He just ran into it. He just ran into it. Something like when Manny Pacquiao got caught. I didn’t even throw it that hard and he’s the one who ran into it, when he was talking that it was going to be me.
“I was thinking as this interview was coming up and as much as I wanted to be cocky, but I want to thank ‘Rolly.' I want to thank his team. We settled it like men inside the ring. I wish him the best in the future.”
MORE KNOCKOUTS, MORE NEW RECORDS
Davis kicked off 2023 by taking on one of his toughest opponents to date, Hector Luis Garcia on January 7. Garcia, the undefeated World Super Featherweight Champion, was arguably the hottest fighter in the sport, coming off a 2022 campaign that made him a Fighter of the Year candidate.
The SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View event set a new live gate record for ticket revenue for Capital One Arena, topping a previous Rolling Stones concert with 19,731 in attendance. The Baltimore-native Davis had now sold out arenas in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C., cementing his status as boxing’s hottest, must-see young attraction.
Then in the ring, Davis reminded everyone that he was also one of the world's finest pugilists, sending the sold out crowd in the nation’s capital home happy with another memorable victory as he displayed his skills and then stopped Garcia in the ninth round.
"Tank" methodically broke down Garcia, before hurting him badly with his vaunted left hand late in the eighth round. Visibly shaken on his way back to the corner, Garcia stayed on his stool as the bell for round nine rang. Moments later, his trainer Bob Santos advised referee Albert Earl Brown to stop the fight, with the official stoppage coming 13 seconds into round nine.
“I was a little surprised he didn’t come out,” said Davis. “But I knew he was hurt bad but he’s a fighter and he didn’t want to show it. I knew he was hurt though.
“God willing I’m ready for the fight with Ryan Garcia. It’s scheduled for April. I’m here. He’s been training. He’s been talking. And let’s see who’s really about that.”
The Face of Boxing
On April 22, 2023, undefeated lightweight superstars Davis and "King" Ryan Garcia squared off in a blockbuster showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, live on PBC on SHOWTIME pay-per-view. More than just titles, the winner would become the face of boxing, the leader of generation now.
That man is Davis, who stopped Garcia with a fierce body shot in round seven.
“Everything about this was exciting,” said Davis. “I was excited to be a part of this event. I remember coming up in the Golden Gloves and seeing Floyd Mayweather fight at MGM Grand. It was crazy. I actually just saw Rihanna perform at the Super Bowl, and I thought, ‘that’s going to be me one day.’ And we’re here. The reality definitely matches the dream. But the job is never done until I retire, so I’m going to keep my head down, stay humble and continue to work.”
After years of build-up, two of boxing’s most exciting and popular fighters went toe-to-toe in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,842, with Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) emerging victorious after landing a powerful straight left hand to the body that caused a delayed reaction from Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs) and eventually saw him take a knee.
“I didn’t think that body shot would end it, but I saw his facial expression and that’s what made me take it to him,” said Davis. “It was a good shot, for sure. I thought he was going to get up but I like to play mind games, so when he was looking at me, I was looking at him trying to tell him, ‘get up!’ And he just shook his head, no.”
As referee Thomas Taylor conducted his count, Garcia attempted to rise to his feet but was in visible pain and was counted out at 1:44 in the round. It marked four consecutive knockouts for Davis.
Following a cautious first round, it was Garcia who pushed the envelope first, blitzing Davis early in round two as he sought to land his signature power left hook. However, Davis quickly turned the tide, ducking under a left hook and returning fire with a powerful left hook of his own that put Garcia down. Although Garcia rose to his feet, he rarely was as aggressive following the first knockdown.
“The first knockdown was just him not knowing his placement,” said Davis. “I knew that I was the smaller guy, and my coach was telling me in camp that he’s going to come up with his head up, so just shoot over the top.”
The body shots that eventually ended the bout were an important tool for Davis, who according to CompuBox landed 18 punches to the body throughout the fight. Both fighters landed an impressive percentage of power punches, with Davis connecting on 48% and Garcia at 42%. At the time of the stoppage, Davis led on all three cards, with tallies of 59-55, 59-56 and 58-56, and declared himself the new face of the sport.
“I’m definitely the face of boxing,” said Davis. “Absolutely!”