Via Vince D’Writer: For most of 2022, martial arts aficionados have been anticipating a grand battle between WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and WBA/WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. The undisputed heavyweight crown never came to fruition.
Not far away, fans were also glued to another potential big fight between the extremely talented “regular” WBA champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and the undefeated star boxer Ryan Garcia (23-23). 0, 19 KOs). The likelihood of this clash increased in January 2021 when Ryan Garcia was a guest on Mike Tyson’s podcast ‘Hotboxin’.
During a guest appearance on the podcast, Garcia finally got the chance to speak face-to-face with Gervonta Davis over video chat. After the podcast episode, Garcia and Davis continued their war of words using social media.
Ryan Garcia developed a habit of naming top boxers, but in the end, Gervonta Davis became his main target. After securing a unanimous decision win over Emmanuel Tagoe in April 2022, Garcia did a post-match interview and he mentioned his consistent style of being critical of the team’s opponent. their common heaven.
“In the past, I was always called out, but I’ve grown, I’ve matured and I’ll let my team handle that. I’ll let all my coaches and everyone, and when it’s done, it’s done.”
Garcia will continue to have a quick turnaround when he returns to action three months later. He had a very impressive performance when he took out Javier Fortuna in the 6th round. In the post-match interview, Garcia had a change of heart when he decided to go back to his old routine.
“I won’t drop to 135 for nothing, but I will fight the next Tank. If Tank wants it at 140… hey, I’ll record all the negotiations, so don’t write headlines that say I’m dodging.”
Garcia also talked about the importance of a potential match against Tank Davis. “That would give me the respect I deserve, and I’m never scared. I’m trying to tell you that I have a competitive spirit in me, and you’ll see that when I fight Tank and take him down.”
After months of speculation and inaccurate information about the game date being announced, both Davis and Garcia took to social media and posted “Deal done” in November 2022. A short time later, Davis. announced plans to hold a pre-match match. to his match with Ryan Garcia.
On the night of January 7 at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC, Gervonta Davis (28-0.26 KOs) made a splash by scoring a 9th round TKO victory over Hector Luis Garcia. At this point, match fans immediately turned their attention to April 15, but unfortunately, a missing piece of documentation put the match in jeopardy.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has stated publicly: “I don’t have a contract, the deadline for me is Monday, or else I’ll move on.” Further action proved unnecessary as De La Hoya got the contract and used it as a prop when he and Ryan Garcia posed for a photo together while exhibiting material.
Fans are excited about the arrival of the contract, but it has been over a week and the contract has not been signed yet. De La Hoya said the terms have been agreed, but as we all know, a fight is not an official one until the contract is signed.
Boxing fans have suffered too much in 2022 and hope that 2023 can get off to a good start with the Davis vs. Garcia in April. Right now, we have a date, we have a location, but we don’t have a signed agreement.
Oscar De La Hoya and Ryan Garcia were more than happy to take pictures when they received the official documents. Hopefully the next time, they will be energetic again to take another set of photos for fans, but in this photo, De La Hoya and Garcia will hold the signed contract in hand.