Gervonta Davis – Ryan Garcia – done deal
By Sean Jones: The long-awaited non-title fight between lightweight champion Gervonta Davis and former contender Ryan Garcia has been finalized for April 22nd. Tank-Ryan will occur in Las Vegas in a dual broadcast event on DAZN and Showtime pay-per-view. This will be at a 136-lb catchweight.
There’s a unilateral rematch clause that only Tank can exercise. If he loses, he can use the rematch to force a rematch, but Golden Boy Promoters and DAZN will be in charge of the promotion.
Tank is getting most of the money for the first fight, but Ryan is hoping to get a win and a better deal in the rematch. If the 24-year-old Garcia loses, he’ll at least be able to use his fame to get other big fights, potential endorsement deals, and more subscribers to his Instagram account.
Ryan currently has over 9 million followers, making him one of the most famous boxers in the sport despite never having captured or fought for a world title in his career.
The location and PPV costs will be revealed later, but the tickets will sell out fast unless they place it at the 61,000-seat Allegiant stadium in Las Vegas, which would be a good idea.
The fight had to be moved from April 15th because of all the time required to negotiate the massive Ryan Garcia vs. Tank Davis match, and they need promote the match properly. An extra week might not do justice for a fight of this magnitude.
De Hoya estatic over Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis fight
Golden Boy boss Oscar De La Hoya is over-the-moon with happiness, putting on his first mega-fight since his former flagship star Canelo Alvarez left the company years ago.
This is De La Hoya’s opportunity to get back into it, and hopefully, this won’t be the last, as Ryan Garcia is expected to be obliterated by Tank Davis April 22nd.
De La Hoya wants three to four fights between Rayan and Tank, but that’s not going to happen if Davis crushes Kingry. De La Hoya can still peddle a rematch if Ryan loses a competitive match, but not if he’s massacred.
“After eight months, I made this happen. Ryan Garcia – Tank Davis, a done deal. This is what you wanted, this is what you’re going to get,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya on Twitter.
Oscar De La Hoya giving his Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia announcement…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 24, 2023
“You got to say Tank. It could, but I doubt it,” said Mike Tyson to Fight Hub TV.
“It’s big, it’s huge. I think every day that passes by, it keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said Oscar De La Hoya to Little Giant Boxing. “I can imagine how huge it’s going to be during fight week. The energy, the electricity in the air in Las Vegas. It’s going to be quite a sight, particularly with all the celebrities that are involved that are going to want to go to the fight. This is the Super Bowl of boxing.”
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