Gervonta Davis

Gervonta Davis will kick-off 2023 with a title defense live on Showtime pay-per-view.

Davis, the reigning WBA lightweight champion, puts his title on the line against unbeaten world champion Hector Luis Garcia.

The event takes place from Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 7 under both Showtime Boxing and Premier Boxing Champions.

Davis has established himself as one of boxing’s hottest, must-see attractions, capturing five world titles through three divisions with dramatic knockouts and selling out arenas from Los Angeles to Atlanta to New York.

The Baltimore-native will return to fight in D.C. for the first time since 2016, when he headlines against the dangerous and streaking García, needing a win to pave the way for the recently announced blockbuster clash against unbeaten star Ryan Garcia in the spring of 2023.

“We’re ready to welcome boxing back to the big stage in the DMV region after 17 years,” said Jordan Silberman, General Manager, Capital One Arena. “It’s an honor to host ‘Tank’, a Baltimore native, and Héctor Luis García for what will no doubt be a special night at Capital One Arena.”

Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) currently holds the WBA title and will attempt his fourth defense. Davis delivered yet another highlight reel performance in his last bout, blasting out the previously unbeaten Rolando Romero with a powerful left hand in the sixth round of their May 2022 encounter.

The WBA super featherweight champion García (16-0, 10 KOs) is coming off a spectacular 2022 highlighted by two marquee victories. García has fought professionally since December of 2016 after a stellar amateur career that included representing his native Dominican Republic in the 2016 Olympics and a runner-up finish at the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto.