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Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis agree to catchweight showdown


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By Mike Coppinger, ESPN

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

The fight will be contested at a 136-pound catchweight and is slated to take place on April 15.

Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) tweeted that he'll first fight on Jan. 7 in what amounts to a tuneup bout. The star boxer's trial for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash is scheduled for Feb. 16 in Baltimore, according to court records. Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) could have an interim fight as well, but that hasn't been decided yet.

The Davis-Garcia pay-per-view will be produced and distributed by Showtime, the network that's exclusively televised Davis' events. DAZN, which streams Garcia's fights, will offer the PPV through its service. Joe Markowski, the CEO of DAZN's North American business, tweeted that there's an agreement in principle for the bout but that contracts have yet to be exchanged.

"Boxing needs this fight right now," Garcia tweeted. "It's time for us to get back to what made this sport so great for the fans: Glamourous fights in places like Las Vegas, grudge match storylines, and most importantly - the best fighting the best."

The deal was a complicated one to piece together. Davis is aligned with Mayweather Promotions and PBC while Garcia is with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

The two companies rarely do business with one another, and the competing networks was another issue. Garcia conceded to the short end of the revenue-split.

"It's high time that those outside the ring stop getting in the way of those who want nothing more than to get into the ring and fight," tweeted De La Hoya, a hall-of-fame boxer.

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Firstly, I'll still believe it when I see it. Contracts signed. This is very un-PBC-like.

Secondly this accomplishes nothing in any weight division. Lightweight is already in Garcia's rear view mirror. The catchweight suggests Davis isn't leaving that division. He fought Barrios at 140 but his last two fights were at lightweight.

So if it happens they'll make some money; good for them. And yes good for the industry for staging a marquis fight that'll draw plenty of eyeballs. Would be nice if it made some competitive sense and had some bearing on one division or the other. When it's over it won't mean much beyond bragging rights.

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By Mike Coppinger, ESPN

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

The fight will be contested at a 136-pound catchweight and is slated to take place on April 15.

Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) tweeted that he'll first fight on Jan. 7 in what amounts to a tuneup bout. The star boxer's trial for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash is scheduled for Feb. 16 in Baltimore, according to court records. Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) could have an interim fight as well, but that hasn't been decided yet.

The Davis-Garcia pay-per-view will be produced and distributed by Showtime, the network that's exclusively televised Davis' events. DAZN, which streams Garcia's fights, will offer the PPV through its service. Joe Markowski, the CEO of DAZN's North American business, tweeted that there's an agreement in principle for the bout but that contracts have yet to be exchanged.

"Boxing needs this fight right now," Garcia tweeted. "It's time for us to get back to what made this sport so great for the fans: Glamourous fights in places like Las Vegas, grudge match storylines, and most importantly - the best fighting the best."

The deal was a complicated one to piece together. Davis is aligned with Mayweather Promotions and PBC while Garcia is with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

The two companies rarely do business with one another, and the competing networks was another issue. Garcia conceded to the short end of the revenue-split.

"It's high time that those outside the ring stop getting in the way of those who want nothing more than to get into the ring and fight," tweeted De La Hoya, a hall-of-fame boxer.

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Firstly, I'll still believe it when I see it. Contracts signed. This is very un-PBC-like.

Secondly this accomplishes nothing in any weight division. Lightweight is already in Garcia's rear view mirror. The catchweight suggests Davis isn't leaving that division. He fought Barrios at 140 but his last two fights were at lightweight.

So if it happens they'll make some money; good for them. And yes good for the industry for staging a marquis fight that'll draw plenty of eyeballs. Would be nice if it made some competitive sense and had some bearing on one division or the other. When it's over it won't mean much beyond bragging rights.

- - Thought Ryan had oodles of potential, but now playing the mental health card with a sudden blizzard of Tats, I don't see longevity.

Tanksy always been a two bit thug who can't box, but seems to have some power and the weight favors him. No upside to this fight, thus the PPV less than anticipated.

Be interesting to see if Baltimore punishes him for hit and run, a bad charge for anyone. 

 

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I normally hate catch-weight fights,   but this one is a lovely exception.

 

I gotta' go with Garcia here.  both guys can bang, but Garcia is at least as fast, probably faster, and has a big reach advantage.

I think it will be a high-energy firefight, with Davis taking most of the damage.

 

Garcia via late KO.

- But don't bet on it.   🙂

 

 

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I think that Luke Campbell fight showed there is a vulnerability in Ryan's defense, so I give Davis a good chance to knock him out. However, as Garcia also punches hard, he can also win by ko if he catches Davis. We know he also has a mean body punch, which he used to ko Campbell. And he's a lot taller, but that also makes him more vulnerable defensively against the smaller but equally mean Davis. I'm 50-50 on this. 

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Gervonta Davis arrested, jailed on domestic violence charge

By Mike Coppinger, ESPN

Boxer Gervonta Davis was arrested Tuesday in Parkland, Florida, and jailed on a domestic violence charge of battery causing bodily harm, according to Broward County Sheriff's Office records.

Davis remains in custody at Broward County's Main Jail Bureau in Fort Lauderdale following a Wednesday morning court hearing, where bond was set at $1,000, a jail official said.

Details of Davis' arrest and the allegations against him are not yet available. Davis' team declined comment.

Davis, 28, of Baltimore, is scheduled to headline a PBC on Showtime PPV event on Jan. 7 in Washington, D.C., against Hector Luis Garcia. The bout is planned as a prelude to an April 25 superfight in Las Vegas against Ryan Garcia. Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) is a former 130-pound titleholder.

Davis also is set to appear in Baltimore Circuit Court on Feb. 16 for his alleged involvement in an unrelated hit-and-run incident in November 2020, according to court records. Davis is accused of fleeing the scene of an accident that involved four people, including a pregnant woman. He is facing 14 charges, including failure to immediately return and remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury. He also is facing a civil suit.

In addition, Davis was facing two misdemeanor battery charges for an incident in February 2020 in which he "was observed battering his former girlfriend," according to police in Coral Gables, Florida. That case was discharged on Dec. 13, per court records.

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Not atypical for a domestic violence victim to retract an allegation after she's had time to reflect - and been reminded - that a lot of money's at stake. This is where the authorities take the retraction with a grain of salt and focus on the physical evidence. And remind her that if the claims in the original call were inaccurate that a false allegation is a serious offense. So which is it?

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--- Garcia with a good start shows how easy Tanksy is to outbox, but cannot sustain his defense, so that's all she wrote and Tanksy moves onward, possibly vs the other Garcia, Ryan.

Bootsy goes the distance in a fight of frustration. He has little fan base and poor promotion, so not sure what he can do other than keep fighting and hope a scrap flies his way.

 

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May be a method to Ennis's madness. Did he purposely string Chukhadzhian along to give the fighters who've been avoiding him reason to believe he's beatable? Any plan to match Ennis and Ellis blew up, so what do we get next? Boots vs Romain Villa? Boots keeps his nose to the grindstone until he gets his shot in the spotlight. Haven't lost belief he can rise to the top. He's still only 25yo.

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