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Gervonta Davis Defends Title with Seventh Round KO of Ryan Garcia

Gervonta Davis Invokes His Inner ‘Tank’ to Knock Out Ryan Garcia. Al Bello/Getty Images

In an epic battle in Las Vegas, Gervonta Davis defended his title with a seventh-round knockout of Ryan Garcia in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,842. After a cagey opening round, the fight exploded in the second, with Garcia unleashing a flurry of punches before Davis countered with a perfectly timed left hook that knocked down his opponent.

Garcia seemed to make inroads in the sixth round, landing two right-handed blows to Davis’ face, but the decisive moment came in the seventh round when Davis caught Garcia with a body shot that left him unable to recover. Garcia acknowledged that Davis’ punch was the difference-maker in the fight.

Davis ended the night with his career record moving to 29-0, including 27 knockouts, while Garcia suffered the first defeat of his career and is now 23-1. The fight showed Davis’ ability to adjust and capitalize on his opponent’s weaknesses in order to come away with the win. It also solidified his reputation as one of the best boxers in the world.

For Garcia, the loss is a setback, but he showed plenty of heart and courage against one of the sport’s top fighters. He will surely be back in the ring soon to try and rebound from this loss. It was a thrilling fight, and Davis’ knockout of Garcia was the perfect ending to one of boxing’s fiercest rivalries.