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  Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia
Final Press Conference Quotes

Boxing superstar Gervonta Tank Davis and unbeaten world champion Hctor Luis Garca went face to face Thursday and exchanged shoves before cooler heads prevailed at the final press conference before they meet for Davis WBA Lightweight Title this Saturday, January 7 headlining a SHOWTIME PPV from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The press conference also featured face offs between pay-per-view undercard fighters who step into the ring on the telecast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. In the co-main event, unbeaten rising star Jaron Boots Ennis duels IBF No. 4-rated welterweight Karen Chukhadzhian for the vacant Interim IBF Welterweight Title, while undefeated top welterweight contender Rashidi Ellis takes on the hard-hitting Roiman Villa in a 12-round IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator. Kicking off the pay-per-view, two-division world champion Demetrius Boo Boo Andrade battles Demond Nicholson in a 10-round super middleweight attraction.

The Baltimore-native Davis will return to fight in D.C. for the first time since 2016, as he headlines a stacked pay-per-view lineup against the dangerous and streaking Hctor Luis Garca, needing a win to pave the way for the recently announced blockbuster clash against unbeaten star Ryan Garcia in the Spring of 2023.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.:


We trained hard. Hes been saying some things that have turned me up. You definitely dont want to miss this one. Were going to make sure this is a tough fight for him. Dont get no popcorn during this fight. Keep your butt glued to the seat. I promise you its gonna be fireworks.

This is my job. Ive been doing it since I was seven. I know that a lot comes with it, but if I stop now, then I wouldnt have done what I came to do.

D.C. has always been exciting when it comes to boxing. Theres a lot of talent here that people sleep on. Its a boxing town and Im excited to come back and be fighting here. We used to have to get through D.C. to get to the national level in the amateurs, so I always treated this place like a second home.

Garcia earned his spot in this fight for what hes done this past year. Hes been in good fights and beaten good fighters. Hes not someone to sleep on. Hes a tough opponent and this is going to prepare me for a Ryan Garcia fight next.

I just want to put on a great performance in front of a nice crowd and show everyone that Im one of the top guys.

Theres been a lot of talk from other fighters in the division. Im putting them on notice with this fight and the Ryan fight. I cant get to Ryan unless I get past Hctor. Im showing everyone that Im one of the elite guys.

The last thing I want to say to Hctor is just, be ready. Ive had a great camp and I know that Hctors coming. Just dont make a lot of mistakes, because if you make too many, it might be an early night.

This is a stacked card. Saturday night, boxing wins. From the first fight to my fight, you dont wanna miss it.


My camp could not have been better. My team is tireless, and we work so hard. Everyone is going to see the results on Saturday night.

I feel equally comfortable at 130 and 135 pounds. I took this challenge because I always want to surpass my own limits and go after the very best. At the end of the day, its up to me to be at my best on Saturday night.

The bottom line for me is that I can fight at whatever distance the fight requires me to. I can use my reach or my power. Im going to be ready.

I think the back and forth weve had is normal and in good fun. It brings more heat to the fight and it probably motivates us both more.

Gervonta better watch out on Saturday night. Because he lit the competitive fire under me when he put his hands on me during the face off.

The real Garcia is right here. I dont care who hes focused on, because I know that Im the true challenge. Fans are going to see a thrilling fight. Its going to be a show that everyone is gonna enjoy.


This win can put me right in line for Errol Spence Jr. This is a perfect time to make a big statement and I cant wait.

Im looking to make a statement to the whole world. Im just focused on putting on a show, getting an explosive knockout and then seeing whats next.

Im on my Iron Mike Tyson. I dont go in there looking for the knockout, but if I see that opening, Im definitely taking it. Im not afraid to get him out early. Everyone knows Im in and out like a robbery.

Im putting my own twist on Tyson. I picked up a few things from watching Tyson, so this is gonna be a fun night. Im going to be explosive with it.

My message to the world is just continue to watch me grow and progress and make sure you dont miss this knockout on Saturday night. Philly is definitely gonna be in the building.


Jaron is a very strong fighter, but weve trained very well ourselves. Ive worked with a lot of different fighters in sparring and we have a good strategy. Im here to fight and win.

This is my chance to prove myself to the U.S. public. Everyone knows the biggest fights are here in the U.S. and I plan to be back again.

Ive wanted an opportunity like this and Im very motivated finally being here in the U.S. Im coming to win for everybody rooting me on in Ukraine.

I cant get caught up with worrying too much about Ennis and what he can do. I have great abilities and I trained hard with only one goal in mind. Thats winning on Saturday night.


Im coming to take over the 147-pound division and show Im the big dog in this division. Were always ready and Saturday is no different.

Were going to see whos top dog. Villa is in here talking crazy, so Im going to have to beat him down for it.

Everybody knows what I want to do. I want the smoke. Give me the best fighter available and Im gonna get into that ring.

This is a great stage for me to display my talents. I know that Im the future of this division, I just need the opponents in front of me that will let me show the whole world.

You could definitely say that is the biggest fight of my career, but at the end of the day, Im treating this like another shift at the office. Im coming to work.

This is gonna be a great fight. Hes a strong, tough guy whos gonna come forward and try to hit me with a lucky punch. If he wants to fight differently against me, then Ill be ready for that too.


Talk is cheap. Whatever he wants to say, hes entitled to it. But Im all about coming here to do my job and give the fans the show that they want to see. Youll see the action in the ring on Saturday night.

Im no fortune teller. Im just going to control what I can control and let it be what it may be. Im 100% ready for this fight.

Im confident in my training. Im much more prepared this time than I was for last victory, so my belief is sky high. If Ellis is underestimating me, hes going to be in trouble.

I come here to represent not just my country, but the whole Latin community. Were here to make them proud and thats what were going to do on Saturday night.

I studied in school, Im not here to study anybody. Im going to come after him and be aggressive. No matter what happens, Im going to be myself.

I want to stay humble, but I want to see if that smile that hes got on his face right now will remain after Saturday night.


Im just bringing even more talent to a stacked division. Were here to give the people what theyve been looking for, including all of the big fights.

The message Im sending is that the best fighters need to fight each other. Theres nothing standing in the way anymore. Its time for us to get in the ring and make it happen.

Everyone says theyre coming to make a splash, but I prove it every single time when I step into the ring. Im going to do what I always do and thats win.

I hope he brings the pressure. Im ready for whatever. If he says this fight isnt going the distance, then I guess hes going down.


My goal is to dominate and win whatever way possible. Im shooting for the moon. Its my time now.

I cant be humble right now. Theres no time for humbleness. Everyone is saying Im a tune-up, but this is the first fight Ive been 100% healthy for.

Everyone is going to see my skills. On January 7, my new life and my career starts. Im not worried about his talking, I let my hands talk for me.

He hasnt fought me yet, so he can forget about Jermall Charlo. Hes doing this thing where hes talking about facing other fighters, but he has to beat me first. Ive got a built up frustration about it. Youre never supposed to look past the next man.

I have to apply the pressure. Pressure bursts pipes. This fight is not going the distance.

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

Gervonta Davis vs. Hctor Luis Garcia is the first big boxing event of 2023 and the first of many high stakes quality matchups were putting together on SHOWTIME. Davis is taking a huge risk against a fighter like [Hctor Luis] Garcia. Hes one of the hottest fighters in boxing and a candidate for 2022 Fighter of the Year.

This will be Tanks 13th time on SHOWTIME and fifth time on pay-per-view, and by now we know what to expect. Every time Tank fights, he is must-see TV. He has sold out arenas in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore and Brooklyn. His last fight in May was the most attended combat sports event at Barclays Center. If you look across boxing for fighters with these kind of attendance numbers, you can count them on one hand.

From established veterans to some of the best young fighters in the sport, this is a fantastic card from top to bottom. Make sure you get there early, and well see you there.


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