Top lightweight contenders Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia announced on their Instagram accounts on Thursday that their representatives have completed a deal for them to meet some time in 2023.
“This is the fight I want and this is the fight boxing needs,” Garcia stated in a press release.
“The hype, the storylines, the two athletes defining their sport inside the ring and out. I am going to knock ‘Tank’ out and take my place as the face of our incredible sport, and I’m bringing a new generation of boxing fans with me. I appreciate Tank volunteering to get beat so that I can get to work.”
But before they meet in the ring, Davis is taking a tune-up fight against a to-be-named opponent on January 7 in Washington D.C.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported that Davis and Garcia would meet on April 15 in Las Vegas.
Settling distribution rights in the U.S. is what prolonged negotiations for several weeks. Davis and Garcia had publicly expressed interest in fighting each other.
Now, it’s said that Showtime will air the pay-per-view. It’ll also be available at DAZN, but it won’t be a joint pay-per-view.
Outside of the ring, Davis is due in Baltimore on February 16 for a trial related to a misdemeanor motor vehicle violation the boxer allegedly committed in November 2020 in his hometown.
The resolution of his date would likely determine the official date to face Garcia — given he is victorious in January.