Through Vince Dwriter: Fight fans have spent 2022 impatiently waiting for a celebratory matchup to wrap up, and on November 17, fans got some exciting news when Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Ryan Garcia both confirmed that they would be in 2023 finally face inside square circle.
Both boxers are undefeated, both are in the prime of their careers and both men are ready for the event that is finally about to happen. For the past few months, Davis and Garcia have shared their frustration on social media at the obstacles they faced trying to get that fight signed, sealed and delivered.
The two boxing stars verbalized that they wanted to fight each other but needed the business elements of the fighting game to fall into place. Apparently everything is fine now and the superfight, which has a confirmed location in Las Vegas, Nevada, is scheduled to take place in 2023 with a catch weight of 136 pounds.
In January 2021, ESPN recognized the rise of the lightweight class when they billed Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez as the new “Four Kings.”
A week later, while guest-starring on Mike Tyson’s “Hotboxin” podcast, Ryan Garcia had his first face-to-face interaction with Tank Davis via video chat.
The two boxing stars continued their individual success in the ring, regularly exchanging verbal gunshots with each other via social media. Sharing on social media fueled the rivalry and increased demand for a Davis-Garcia duel.
Fanbases were extremely excited in August 2022 when Oscar De La Hoya, promoter of Golden Boy, did an interview and stated that the two sides were talking. A day later, De La Hoya flipped the script when asked to provide an update on the negotiations, stating that no one on Tank’s side had answered the phone.
False reports were published in September and October that Davis and Garcia had agreed to a deal. After picking up the false reports, fight fans had to endure the complications of the boxing business as it looked like the fight wasn’t going to happen any time soon.
Luckily, Davis and Garcia remained adamant in their quest to face each other in the ring, and as a result their representatives kept negotiations active until they could reach an agreement.
Before stepping into the ring with his arch-rival, Baltimore native Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) also confirmed he will be on duty in Washington on January 7, DC Davis gave the date and location, but said to await details regarding his opponent’s identity.
As for Ryan Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs), he gave no sign of stepping into the ring prior to his showdown with Davis. He seemed very excited and content with what he had in front of him.
“I’m so excited that this fight is finally in place – I want it more than anything now. I put the work into it; I’m in the prime of my career and I know I’m going to be the greatest boxer in the world. That legacy begins today.”
One of the main points of discussion during the negotiations was the broadcasting of the event. Gervonta Davis’ fights will be televised exclusively on Showtime, while Ryan Garcia’s advertising company Golden Boy has a commercial arrangement with DAZN.
The two sides were able to reach a compromise as the Davis-Garcia pay-per-view will be produced and distributed by Showtime and DAZN will also offer the pay-per-view through their streaming service.