Both Gervonta Davis(27-0) and Ryan Garcia(23-0) have announced via social media that they have agreed to fight in 2023 in Las Vegas, NV.
The bout will headline a Showtime PPV event. A confirmed date and venue for 12 rounds 136 lbs catchweight fight will be announced later. It remains to be determined it Davis’ WBA(Regular) Lightweight title will be on the line or not.
It is also announced that Gervonta Davis, the WBA(Regular) Lightweight Champion, will also fight on January 7, 2023. That event will also be a Showtime PPV airing from Washington, DC. With less than 2 months remaining from that date, we can expect an announcement on the event shortly.
Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia is one of the super fights that fans have been clamouring to see. Garcia started pursuing this fight after he knocked out Javier Fortuna in Golden Boy Boxing & Dazn headliner in July. Davis also once tweeted about a done deal, but later deleted that tweet. However, negotiations on a deal regarding distribution rights in the United States took several weeks.
Davis’ last 11 fights have aired on either Showtime PPV or Showtime network. He currently remains a free agent after leaving Mayweather Promotions after his last fight against Rolly Romero in May this year. Garcia is currently signed with Golden Boy Boxing and his last 7 fights have aired on Dazn streaming platform.
At last, it was decided that Showtime will handle the broadcast and production of the event. The PPV event will also be available to purchase via Dazn in US. The details on International distribution are not clear at this point, but we can expect Dazn to stream the event in other countries.
Gervonta Davis is a three-division world champion as he previously held IBF & WBA(super) Super Featherweight title, WBA(Regular) Super Lightweight title and currently holds WBA(Regular) Lightweight title. He has defended the lightweight title twice 3 times successfully against Leo Santa Cruz, Issac Cruz and Rolando Romero.
Ryan Garcia moved up to Super Lightweight(140 lbs) since his return from a break in 2021. He returned in April this year to get a unanimous decision against Emmanuel Tagoe before getting a knockout against Javier Fortuna in July.