Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia have agreed to meet in a boxing superfight in 2023.
When it was revealed that Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis would not fight in 2022, the boxing world was in disarray for a while. It was doubted that it would happen until it was too late in their careers.
Both boxers appear to have come together to give the fans the fight they want and boxing needs.
Davis and Garcia announced on social media that they will fight in Las Vegas in early 2023. According to Davis, he will face an unnamed opponent on January 7 before facing Garcia.
While not official, an April release date is expected. According to DAZN’s Joe Markowski, the fight will air on Showtime PPV, with DAZN involved. The fight is a 136-pound catchweight match, according to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.
“I’m so excited this fight is finally happening — I want it more than anything right now,” Garcia said on Twitter. “I’ve worked hard, I’m in the prime of my career, and I know I’ll be the biggest boxer in the world.” “That legacy begins today.”
SHOWTIME President Stephen Espinoza stated in a press release:
“Tank Davis vs. Ryan Garcia is one of the biggest and most exciting fights in boxing history.” We have two supremely talented boxers in their prime, both with massive fan bases, facing off in a career-defining fight. This is the ultimate crossover boxing event. Tank and Ryan deserve full credit for staying the course and delivering the goods.
“SHOWTIME has delivered three of television’s biggest pay-per-view events, and we are thrilled to add this marquee event to our list of culture-moving matchups.”
It took a long time to arrive at this point. Davis and Garcia had a chance to fight in a stacked lightweight division and be compared to The Four Kings of boxing from the 1970s and 1980s (Sugar Ray Leonard, Mavin Hagler, Roberto Duran, and Thomas Hearns). The chances of a fight were dwindling as both were heading in opposite directions at various points.
Until now, that is.
Ryan Garcia bio Garcia made his professional debut in 2016. Garcia is a former WBO-NABO and WBC Silver lightweight champion who works with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. In 2021, the 24-year-old defeated Luke Campbell to win the interim WBC lightweight title.
Garcia took a brief break from boxing after that. He was supposed to fight Javier Fortuna in April 2021, but instead focused on his mental health. He would later have hand surgery. The fight he missed was an interim title match against Joseph Diaz. “KingRy” returned in April, defeating Emmanuel Tagoe unanimously. Garcia’s most recent fight was in July, when he defeated Fortuna via TKO. He has 19 knockout victories.
The California native has long advocated for a Davis fight, telling anyone who will listen how great it is for boxing. He even stated (via Bad Left Hook) that the winner will be the face of boxing.
Garcia told Boxing Scene of Davis, “I’m not desperate to fight him.” “I’m eager to demonstrate to the world that I’m the best fighter in the division.” I believe he is the best fighter in the division other than myself, and with his speed, power, accuracy, and IQ, I believe he is. But I’m just that much better, and I’m going to separate myself from him and make it look very easy when I’m in the ring with him, and I’m just eager to show people that I’m more than meets the eye, that I’m a much better fighter than you perceive it to be, and you’ll feel it right away when you’re in the ring with me. So I’d like to demonstrate.
Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya also spoke about the historic matchup, praising all parties involved.
“The fans have made it abundantly clear that the fight they want is Ryan versus Tank,” said De La Hoya. “Golden Boy Promotions and I are proud to be leading the charge to secure this fight and are eager to finalize a deal as soon as possible. It’s past time for those outside the ring to stop getting in the way of those who want nothing more than to fight. Our motto has always been “fans first,” and this is yet another example of how we lead by example.”
Gervonta Davis discography and biography
Davis, a Golden Gloves champion in 2012, made his pro debut in 2013. In 2017, he won the IBF super-featherweight title. Davis won the WBA (Super) super-featherweight title in 2018 and the WBA (Regular) lightweight title against Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2019.
Davis won the WBA (Super) super-featherweight title by knockout over Leo Santa Cruz in October 2020. Davis won the WBA (Regular) super-lightweight title by defeating Mario Barrios. He defeated Isaac Cruz in December to retain his WBA (Regular) lightweight title.
Davis last fought in May, defeating Rolando Romero via TKO for his 25th knockout victory.
The growing influence of Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia
Both have enormous social media followings. Davis has over 457k Twitter followers, 514k Facebook followers, and 3.8 million Instagram followers. Garcia has over 5 million TikTok followers, 139k Twitter followers, and 9 million Instagram followers.
Both are also known for selling out shows in spectacular fashion. Davis vs. Romero generated $24,600,000 in revenue and 275,000 PPV purchases. Garcia’s fight against Campbell in Dallas in 2020 brought in $353,835. More than 11,000 people packed the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles to watch Garcia take on Fortuna.
A clash between them could result in a huge payday for both.
More information on Garcia vs. Davis will be provided by The Sporting News as it becomes available.