Gervonta Davis retains WBA lightweight title after stopping Hector Luis Garcia in eight rounds via TKO

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Gervonta Davis hands Hector Luis Garcia his first professional loss; Garcia could not answer the bell for ninth round after losing vision in right eye; Davis was released on bail following domestic violence charge in late December, with accuser retracting claims; he denied the allegations

Gervonta Davis has retained his WBO world lightweight title after defeating Hector Luis Garcia

Davis shrugged off a slow start to improve to 28-0 with 26 KOs and hand Garcia his first professional loss in his 17th match. Garcia held in tough with Davis early but could not answer the bell for the ninth round because he lost vision in his right eye.

“A little surprised, but when I caught him, I knew he was hurt he was hurt bad,” Davis said. “He’s a fighter, so he didn’t want to show it. I knew he was hurt, though.”

Davis, a Baltimore native fighting in his second hometown, is scheduled to face Ryan Garcia on April 15 in one of boxing’s most anticipated showdowns of the year.

“I’ll be ready,” Davis said. “I’m ready for the fight. He’s been training, he’s been talking and let’s see who’s really about that.”

Davis handed Garcia his first professional loss

But first, Tank Davis had to get through Garcia, the Dominican who he said earned his spot thanks to a strong 2022.

The fight was in danger of being called off when Davis was arrested and charged with domestic violence in late December, before the woman who called police put out a statement on social media days later saying Davis did not harm me or our daughter.

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