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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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21 hours ago, Ledhed1 said:

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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