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  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 Wednesdays media workout that kicked off fight week activities for his WBA Lightweight Title defense against unbeaten world champion Hctor Luis Garca 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 matchup.

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. Ive actually fought in this gym before as an amateur. Im happy to be home in front of a great crowd. I know that Hector Luis Garcia is going to come to fight and were going to give the fans what they want to see.

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. Hes earned his stripes.

Our main focus is Hector Luis Garcia. We know that hes 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. Ive been fighting in D.C. forever and its like a second home to me.

Calvin Ford is family. My trainers have been like dads. Theyve been in my corner since I was eight years old. Were definitely a tight unit.


Its going to be all about how the fight starts out. I respect him and I know what he can bring, so Im 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. Its so important against an opponent like Gervonta especially.

This fight is not only important to me, but to the whole Dominican Republic. Im 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. Im 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.

Ive been fighting since I was 14 years old and I come from a very small province in the Dominican Republic. Ive had to earn everything Ive ever gotten. This is a great opportunity and Im ready to capitalize.


Im feeling great and ready to go. Training camp has been great. Im in tremendous shape and Im 100% ready to rock and roll.

Ive got a lot of motivation and I cant wait until Saturday night. I feel like this is another step toward greatness and getting those belts.

Its 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. Its 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, Ill be ready. I just want to fight. Im young, hungry and Im 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 Im doing, my fan base is just going to grow.

I know Spence says hes 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, thats 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 Ive been training hard in order to deliver that. I want all the fans to remember that I bring action to the ring. Im coming to win this fight for everyone back in Ukraine.

Im coming here to win. If he wants to avoid going toe to toe, then Ill be ready to box. If its 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. Im very confident. I have everything I need to win this fight.

Its 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.


Im ready for any of the top dogs. Id step in there right now with anyone in the top five. Ideally, Id fight the champions, but right now Im ready for the best man available.

I feel like its my turn now. Especially after January 7. I think everyone is going to see that Im coming to take over.

Were going to have to see what Villa brings into the ring. Hes a come forward fighter, which can be a difficult task for some. Hes gonna have to show me in the ring. I dont think hes going to be able to just walk me down.

I see a lot of things that I can do in there, that I dont think hes capable of. Ive been the best kept secret, but Im not a secret anymore. Im here now.

I dont really have any rivals yet because nobody wants this action. Nobody wants to get in there with me. Id love someone to talk trash with and make the fights even more exciting.


Im very thankful for this opportunity to step into the ring on Saturday night. Im beyond excited to show the whole world what I can do against Rashidi Ellis.

I wasnt as prepared for my last fight as I wanted to be, but I still got the victory. Right now, Im feeling really good and more prepared than Ive ever been.

Im extremely confident heading into this fight. I dont care if people say that Im the underdog, because I believe in myself and I know what I can do. It doesnt matter what Ellis can or cant do. I believe in myself and my abilities.

Anything is possible with a victory in this fight. Im 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 on.


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 Im gonna set the stage right. I respect what Nicholson can do and I know hes 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 everyones door, but at the end of the day, it didnt 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 Im giving them all credit and acknowledging that theyre all gonna be tough fights when we get in there.

I want to give the sport what theyre looking for. Because thats also what I want with myself. Me and Jermall Charlo have had this rivalry brewing for years. Its 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. Im ready for anyone who wants to put on a big show.


Andrade definitely has an awkward style, but Ive been boxing my whole life. When it comes to skill and timing, it wasnt hard for me to prepare. Youll see that on Saturday night.

This is definitely the biggest stage Ive been on, but its not my first rodeo. Im not really motivated by the crowd, Im more just excited to get this victory.

My advantage right now is that Im mentally more prepared than he is. Im feeling as strong mentally as I ever have in my career.

Im not thinking about anything past this fight. Its only Plan A now. From here on out, I feel like Im staying at this level. This is where I belong.

For this whole entire training camp Ive been envisioning the victory. Ive been playing it in my mind over and over again. The doors are wide open now. Its all about taking it Saturday.


We had a great training camp with Chino Rivas and now were just ready to put on a show. Im 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 were in the growing stage of my career and were going to keep learning. When the time comes, well be ready.

Everyone goes on their own path in this sport. Its a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes you see fighters rush and their career doesnt go the way it should. Were going to take our time. Well know when its time to take that next step.

Im in great condition because Im always staying in the gym. I stay ready because you never know what type of opportunity might come your way.


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