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Ryan Garcia, Gervanta Davis agree to catchweight showdown

Ryan Garcia, Gervanta Davis agree to catchweight showdown

Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia announced on Instagram Thursday that they will meet in a long-awaited superfight in Las Vegas next year.

The fight will be contested at a 136-pound catchweight and take place in April, sources told ESPN.

Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) Tweet That he will fight first on January 7 amounts to a tuneup fight. This star boxer’s trial is for him Alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash Arraignment is set for Feb. 16 in Baltimore, according to court records. Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) could also take an interim fight, but that has yet to be decided, according to a source.

The Davis-Garcia pay-per-view will be produced and distributed by Showtime, the network that exclusively televises Davis’ events, sources said. DAZN, which streams Garcia’s fights, will offer the PPV through its service. Joe Markowski, CEO of DAZN’s North American business, tweeted that there is an agreement in principle for the fight, but contracts have not yet been exchanged.

“Boxing needs this fight right now,” Garcia Tweet. “It’s time for us to bring back what made this sport so great for fans: glamorous fights in places like Las Vegas, grudge match storylines and most importantly – the best fights are the best.”

Indeed, the Davis-Garcia news is a shot in the arm for a sport that has consistently failed to deliver marquee matchups. Davis, 28, of Baltimore, is one of the biggest needle-movers in boxing.

“Tank” has 3.8 million Instagram followers and regularly fights in front of many celebrities from the sports and music industries. ESPN’s No. 3 lightweight, Davis won a junior lightweight title. Seventh round KO of Jose Pedraza In 2017.

His two most recent victories came in 135-pound bouts against Isaac Cruz and Roly Romero.

Garcia is also a star on Instagram with 9 million followers. Respected for his lightning-quick hands, the 24-year-old won a career-best in January 2021 when he survived a knockdown. Stopped Luke Campbell in the seventh round.

He did not fight for the rest of 2021 after pulling out of a fight with Javier Fortuna to deal with his mental health, and then a fight with Joseph Diaz Jr. was canceled due to wrist surgery.

Garcia, who fights out of the San Diego area, bounced back this year with wins over Emmanuel Tago and Javier Fortuna at 140 pounds. Garcia, who previously campaigned at 135 pounds, promised to stay at 140 but drop four pounds for the catchweight bout.

The deal was a complex one to put together. Davis is affiliated with Mayweather Promotions and PBC and Garcia with Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

The two companies rarely did business with each other and competing networks were another problem. Garcia admitted to being on the short end of the revenue-splitting, according to sources.

Hall-of-Fame boxer De La Hoya tweeted, “It’s about time people outside the ring stop getting in the way of those who want nothing more than to get in the ring and fight.”

Fighters have exchanged insults on social media for years, but boxing politics seem to prevent the sport from materializing, to the charge of the sport’s fans. But now, Davis and Garcia are on a collision course for perhaps the biggest event boxing has to offer.

“We have two extremely talented boxers, with their prime and huge fanbases, meeting in a career-defining fight,” Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza said in a statement. “This is the epitome of a crossover boxing event. All credit to Tank and Ryan for staying the course and giving the fans the fight they want.”




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