The world of combat sports is slowly waking up from its holiday slumber. The first big boxing match of the year is upon us this weekend with Gervonta Davis defending his WBA (regular) lightweight title against Hector Luis Garcia.
The fight matters only because of the inclusion of Davis, who is one of the best pound-for-pound talents in the world. The undefeated lightweight should get through this fight to put on a much more compelling contest against the undefeated Ryan Garcia.
This fight continues despite Davis’ ongoing legal issues. Davis is due in court next month to answer 14 charges relating to an alleged hit-and-run, where his SUV slammed into a car carrying four people (including a pregnant woman). Earlier this month, a woman accused Davis of trying to kill her. This led to a domestic violence charge and a police report accusing Davis of slapping the woman in the face. However, the 911 caller has since claimed that Davis did not harm her in that incident.
So there is a lot of baggage in this fight. Frankly, with the fight likely to be a squash match, the most interesting thing to happen here might be Davis’ post-fight interview (if asked about his very recent run-ins with the law) .
Main Card (9 p.m. ET on Showtime PPV)
Lightweight: Gervonta Davis def. Hector Luis Garcia by TKO (Retired, said he couldn’t see), R9
Welterweight: Jaron Ennis def. Karen Chukhadzhian via unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-108)
Welterweight: Roiman Villa def. Rashidi Ellis by majority decision (113-113, 114-112, 114-112)
Super middleweight: Demetrius Andrade def. Demond Nicholson via unanimous decision (100-88, 100-88, 100-88)
Prelims (6:45 p.m. ET on YouTube)
Middleweight: Vito Mielnicki Jr def. Omar Rosales via TKO, round 4 (0:26).
Junior Welterweight: Brandun Lee def. Diego Luque via TKO, round 4 (2:55)
Junior Middleweight: Travon Marshall def. Shawn West via TKO, round 1 (0:50)
Tickets for Capital One Arena in Washington DC are available here.
Davis vs. Garcia will air on TV via Showtime Sports PPV and cost $74.99. The Showtime app can be used to stream Showtime content on Amazon FireTV TV streaming services, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, XBOX One, and smart TVs from LG and Samsung.
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Live news, updates and round-by-round commentary can be found here on bloody elbow.
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