A potential battle between Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Ryan Garcia will not be as lifeless a problem as you’d assume.
Garcia (21-0, 18 KO) and Davis (25-0, 24 KO) have had some back-and-forth with each other, not even terribly smack talk-y or something, actually. In January, days after Garcia beat Luke Campbell, the two agreed on Mike Tyson’s podcast to do a fight, however clearly that didn’t come to go.
Now, Mayweather Promotions’ Leonard Ellerbe, who represents Davis, mentioned they’d actual talks with Golden Boy a number of months again about doing a battle with Garcia.
For the file we tried to make the Ryan Garcia battle again in March with Golden Boy they usually advised me they had been exploring different choices and he could be combating quickly. ♂️
— Leonard Ellerbe (@LEllerbe) June 30, 2021
You might doubt this coming from solely Ellerbe — particularly provided that Floyd Mayweather simply mentioned they don’t have any intention to have Davis battle anybody exterior of PBC — however Chris Mannix said there were indeed negotiations between representatives for the fighters, and a two-fight deal was proposed.
As for Garcia, he nonetheless says it’s “the one battle” he desires:
Garcia, 22, not too long ago withdrew from a deliberate July 9 battle with Javier Fortuna to cope with psychological well being points, however says he’s seeking to come again quickly, and Golden Boy have indicated the identical intent. We could hear one thing earlier than then, however a sensible guess is perhaps to have them announce one thing for Garcia at their July 9 present in Los Angeles, which is able to air on DAZN.
Davis, 26, simply fought this previous Saturday, stopping Mario Barrios in the 10th round of Tank’s debut at 140 lbs.
It additionally needs to be mentioned that Garcia and Golden Boy have very publicly not always been on the same page, so Golden Boy’s plans for Garcia could not match what he actually desires to do. That’s not a “for certain” factor, nevertheless it’s potential given the historical past between the 2 sides, which was most not too long ago patched up with a brand new deal final yr.
However loads might change by the tip of this yr, too. Golden Boy may be leaving DAZN — that’s not official, nevertheless it’s been explored — which might lead to quite a lot of completely different concepts getting traction that we would not see as possible proper now.
Finally, in the mean time this stays not more than speak, nevertheless it’s at the very least a said curiosity for what may very well be a extremely attention-grabbing battle between two of the game’s most proficient, standard younger fighters, and it’s laborious to think about it not being battle, too.