Hector Garcia wants ALL the smoke !
|As reported by Dan Rafael.|
Newly crowned WBA junior lightweight titlist Hector Luis Garcia, who has had a breakout year, is looking for even bigger fights, namely against secondary lightweight titlist Gervonta “Tank” Davis.
Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs), 30, a 2016 Olympian from the Dominican Republic, burst on the scene in February with a dominating 12-round decision over Chris Colbert in a major upset to take Colbert’s position as mandatory challenger.
Garcia got that title shot against Roger Gutierrez on Aug. 20 on the Omar Figueroa Jr.-Sergey Lipinets Showtime undercard at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and won a clear decision, 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111, although Gutierrez mounted a late rally by winning the final three rounds on two of the scorecards. Now, Garcia is aiming to face bigger names.
“I wanted to keep aiming for the top and after beating Colbert and Gutierrez I want the biggest challenge out there, ‘Tank’ Davis,” Garcia said. “I don’t care what weight we fight at. I will move up to 135 to fight for his title or we can meet at 130 and fight for my title and his title and make it an even bigger fight.”
Garcia downplayed talk of Davis facing lightweight star Ryan Garcia (no relation).
“Ryan Garcia is soft as butter. He couldn’t walk down the street in my neighborhood in the Dominican Republic,” Hector Garcia said. “’Tank,’ you should want to fight a real man who is like yourself, a street dog. I’m right here. Come see the real Garcia, who’s a real man and not just some TikTok star.“
“Tank is a dangerous fighter but I welcome the challenge. I have a good frame for 130 pounds and I think I will be just as good at 135. I want to fight the best. I have beaten two of the top guys at 130 now I want the big names at 135.”