Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia
Media Workout Quotes
Five-time world champion and boxing superstar Gervonta
“Tank” Davis donated fight night tickets to local youths at
the Kennedy Recreation Center during Wednesday’s media
workout that kicked off fight week activities for his WBA
Lightweight Title defense against unbeaten world champion
Héctor Luis García on SHOWTIME PPV this Saturday January 7
from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., in an event
presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The workout also featured fighters competing on the
pay-per-view undercard, including unbeaten rising star Jaron
“Boots” Ennis and IBF No.4-rated welterweight Karen
Chukhadzhian, who meet for the Interim IBF Welterweight
Title in the co-main event, unbeaten welterweight contender
Rashidi Ellis and hard-hitting Roiman Villa, who square off
in an IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator, plus undefeated
two-division world champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade and
Demond Nicholson, who kick off the pay-per-view telecast at
9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 10-round super middleweight
Rounding out the workout lineup was sensational prospect
Vito Mielnicki Jr., who takes on Omar Rosales in a super
welterweight tilt that tops the three-fight SHOWTIME BOXING
COUNTDOWN show that will stream live on the SHOWTIME Sports®
YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page at 6:45
p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT.
Davis made the donation Wednesday alongside Delano Hunter,
the Director of the Parks & Recreation Department and
Danielle Hunter, the Roving Leader Manager for the
department. Here is what the fighters had to say from the
Kennedy Recreation Center in Washington, D.C.:
“This means a lot. I’ve actually fought in this gym before
as an amateur. I’m happy to be home in front of a great
crowd. I know that Hector Luis Garcia is going to come to
fight and we’re going to give the fans what they want to
“Garcia did what he had to do to earn this fight. He beat a
top contender and then won the belt. Giving him the shot was
the perfect timing for everyone. He’s earned his stripes.
“Our main focus is Hector Luis Garcia. We know that he’s a
threat to everything I want to do. The goal is to put on a
great performance, nothing else.
“Coming up through my whole career, back to the amateurs, I
had to fight in D.C. if I wanted to get to the nationals.
I’ve been fighting in D.C. forever and it’s like a second
home to me.
“Calvin Ford is family. My trainers have been like dads.
They’ve been in my corner since I was eight years old. We’re
definitely a tight unit.”
HECTOR LUIS GARCIA
“It’s going to be all about how the fight starts out. I
respect him and I know what he can bring, so I’m going to
have to study him and see how the fight shakes out in the
first few rounds.
“I know that I have an advantage with my reach. It
definitely could be a factor in this fight. But at the same
time, I have to take the fight moment by moment and be
attentive to every detail. It’s so important against an
opponent like Gervonta especially.
“This fight is not only important to me, but to the whole
Dominican Republic. I’m going up against one of the best
pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I know that I have
to be ready for that challenge. I’m coming to show the world
that superstars can fall too.
“I can guarantee that the Dominican Republic will be proud
of me. Our flag will be raised up high. Everyone can expect
a great performance from me on Saturday night.
“I’ve been fighting since I was 14 years old and I come from
a very small province in the Dominican Republic. I’ve had to
earn everything I’ve ever gotten. This is a great
opportunity and I’m ready to capitalize.”
“I’m feeling great and ready to go. Training camp has been
great. I’m in tremendous shape and I’m 100% ready to rock
“I’ve got a lot of motivation and I can’t wait until
Saturday night. I feel like this is another step toward
greatness and getting those belts.
“It’s not hard to be the next guy up. I just have to stay
focused and do what I do. I know my time is coming real
soon. It’s that simple.
“I know Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford are holding up
the division right now, but whatever way I can get my hands
on the belts, I’ll be ready. I just want to fight. I’m
young, hungry and I’m going to keep shining and demolishing
these guys they put in front of me.
“Getting knockouts gives the fans what they want and makes
them keep gravitating toward me. As long as I keep doing
what I’m doing, my fan base is just going to grow.
“I know Spence says he’s the ‘big fish,’ but we like to go
fishing. If I have to sit on the side and ride a jet ski for
a while, that’s okay for now. You know what happens when
they bring a fish to land right? They squirm.”
“People pay to see a great fight, so I’ve been training hard
in order to deliver that. I want all the fans to remember
that I bring action to the ring. I’m coming to win this
fight for everyone back in Ukraine.
“I’m coming here to win. If he wants to avoid going toe to
toe, then I’ll be ready to box. If it’s a battle on the
inside he wants, I know that I can win that way.
“I know that Ennis is a good fighter, but my focus is on my
abilities and what I can do in the ring. I’m very confident.
I have everything I need to win this fight.
“It’s very motivating to be fighting in the U.S. for the
first time, and on a big stage like this. My goal is to keep
coming back for bigger and bigger fights.”
“I’m ready for any of the top dogs. I’d step in there right
now with anyone in the top five. Ideally, I’d fight the
champions, but right now I’m ready for the best man
“I feel like it’s my turn now. Especially after January 7. I
think everyone is going to see that I’m coming to take over.
“We’re going to have to see what Villa brings into the ring.
He’s a come forward fighter, which can be a difficult task
for some. He’s gonna have to show me in the ring. I don’t
think he’s going to be able to just walk me down.
“I see a lot of things that I can do in there, that I don’t
think he’s capable of. I’ve been the best kept secret, but
I’m not a secret anymore. I’m here now.
“I don’t really have any rivals yet because nobody wants
this action. Nobody wants to get in there with me. I’d love
someone to talk trash with and make the fights even more
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to step into the
ring on Saturday night. I’m beyond excited to show the whole
world what I can do against Rashidi Ellis.
“I wasn’t as prepared for my last fight as I wanted to be,
but I still got the victory. Right now, I’m feeling really
good and more prepared than I’ve ever been.
“I’m extremely confident heading into this fight. I don’t
care if people say that I’m the underdog, because I believe
in myself and I know what I can do. It doesn’t matter what
Ellis can or can’t do. I believe in myself and my abilities.
“Anything is possible with a victory in this fight. I’m
willing to step into the ring with anybody. I trust my team,
and if they want me to face Jaron Ennis next, then bring it
“I jumped on the opportunity to be on this card with all
these young stars. I know everyone is coming to do what they
do, and I’m gonna set the stage right. I respect what
Nicholson can do and I know he’s leaving it all in the ring.
But my skills will speak louder than my words.
“I was trying to get the big names at middleweight, I was
knocking on everyone’s door, but at the end of the day, it
didn’t happen. Everything happens for a reason, and I
believe that this is the best division for me.
“At the end of the day, all the fights at the top of the
division will be tough. I would have to look real close to
break down who the biggest challenge is, but I’m giving them
all credit and acknowledging that they’re all gonna be tough
fights when we get in there.
“I want to give the sport what they’re looking for. Because
that’s also what I want with myself. Me and Jermall Charlo
have had this rivalry brewing for years. It’s nothing but
respect, but I want to take care of it in the ring. Who else
is calling him out the way I am?
“I want the Charlo twins, I want David Benavidez and Caleb
Plant. I’m ready for anyone who wants to put on a big show.”
“Andrade definitely has an awkward style, but I’ve been
boxing my whole life. When it comes to skill and timing, it
wasn’t hard for me to prepare. You’ll see that on Saturday
“This is definitely the biggest stage I’ve been on, but it’s
not my first rodeo. I’m not really motivated by the crowd,
I’m more just excited to get this victory.
“My advantage right now is that I’m mentally more prepared
than he is. I’m feeling as strong mentally as I ever have in
“I’m not thinking about anything past this fight. It’s only
Plan A now. From here on out, I feel like I’m staying at
this level. This is where I belong.
“For this whole entire training camp I’ve been envisioning
the victory. I’ve been playing it in my mind over and over
again. The doors are wide open now. It’s all about taking it
VITO MIELNICKI JR.
“We had a great training camp with ‘Chino’ Rivas and now
we’re just ready to put on a show. I’m excited to be back in
a position to showcase my talent on a big stage.
“The 154-pound division, and the divisions around it, are
all really exciting. There are a lot of top guys and
eventually the big fights will be able to get made. Right
now we’re in the growing stage of my career and we’re going
to keep learning. When the time comes, we’ll be ready.
“Everyone goes on their own path in this sport. It’s a
marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes you see fighters rush and
their career doesn’t go the way it should. We’re going to
take our time. We’ll know when it’s time to take that next
“I’m in great condition because I’m always staying in the
gym. I stay ready because you never know what type of
opportunity might come your way.”