Ryan Garcia Sneaks Up on Older Gervonta Davis: It’s Time for a KO!
Ryan Garcia took aim at three-division five-time world champion, Gervonta Davis being slower and older who made him sure to beat his rival. The Ryan Garcia vs Gervonta Davis duel will be the highlight of the fight on Saturday, April 22, in a Premier Boxing Champions event from T- Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
“This is the super fight of the year,” said Garcia. “Boxing must return to fighting the best against the best, and I will bring back thrill, glamour, and a new generation of fans to this beautiful sport. Tank is shorter than me, slower than me, older than me, and he knows it He’s been avoiding me for months, but now he’s run out of excuses. It’s time to knock him out.”
Record-breaking Gervonta Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) holds the WBA regular lightweight title, and has also won world titles in the 58.9 kg and 63.5 kg classes during his career. The Baltimore native set a new record at the Capital One Arena in January when he stopped previously unbeaten 58.9 kg world champion Hector Luis Garcia in the ninth round.
This live broadcast is produced and distributed by Showtime PPV and will be available across all pay-per-view providers including DAZN PPV. Tickets for the live event will go on sale on Friday, March 10 at 10:00 am local time. “This fight is boxing as it should be – two superstars at the peak of their powers fighting in the ring to see who is the best of the best,” said Oscar De La Hoya.
“Both Ryan and Tank are on top of the world in terms of speed, power and ability. It will depend on who wants it more, and it is for that reason that I firmly believe Ryan will come out victorious.”
Prior to that bout, Davis added a highlight-reel knockout to his record list when he defeated longtime rival Rolando Romero with a powerful left in February 2022, in an event that also set a record at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The 28-year-old also holds the distinction of being the only fighter to stop former three-division champion Leo Santa Cruz and former 63.5 kilogram champion Mario Barrios.
Davis came to light with an explosive knockout of Jose Pedraza in 2017 to claim his first world title and captured his current lightweight title with a 12th-round knockout of former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2019. This fight marked his first appearance Davis’ sixth straight to headline Showtime PPV.
The 24-year-old Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) has used his skills to build a massive fan base, and backed him in the ring with a perfect record, including knockouts in six of his last seven fights. Most recently, Garcia scored a sixth-round knockout of former champion Javier Fortuna in July 2022, in front of a packed crowd at Los Angeles’ famed Crypto.com Arena.
Born in Victorville, California and now based in Los Angeles, Garcia has stepped into the ring in his last two fights under legendary coach Joe Goossen. Garcia cemented himself as a lightweight challenger by rising from the canvas to stop Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell in the seventh round in their 2021 bout, which saw Garcia emerge victorious with the WBC Interim lightweight title.