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De La Hoya: If There Is A Fight That Would Do Over One Million PPV Buys, It’s Ryan Garcia And Tank Davis


SAN ANTONIO – Ryan Garcia and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis held court docket at separate press conferences almost 1,900 miles aside to promote their subsequent respective fights.

Nevertheless, there nonetheless exists the need for the pair of unbeaten lightweights to finally meet.

Davis’ upcoming secondary WBA light-weight title protection versus heated rival Rolando Romero (14-0, 12KOs) was formally introduced Thursday morning, with the grudge match to headline a Might 28 Showtime Pay-Per-View from Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York. Seven weeks prior comes the return of Garcia (21-0, 18KOs), who ends a 15-month hiatus as he faces Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1, 15KOs) this Saturday on DAZN from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

With the undisputed championship between lineal/WBA/IBF/WBO champ George Kambosos (20-0, 10KOs) and WBC titlist Devin Haney (27-0, 15KOs) doubtlessly turning into a two-fight set, the one different main battle at light-weight that is sensible—and maybe extra {dollars} than every other battle within the sport—is a Davis-Garcia conflict.  

“If there is a fight that would do over a million (Pay-Per-View) buys, it’s Ryan Garcia and Tank Davis,” Oscar De La Hoya, Garcia’s promoter and founder/chairman of Golden Boy Promotions insisted to BoxingScene.com. “This is usually a mega-fight and it must occur.

“I’m hearing rumblings that Tank Davis is leaving Mayweather or it’s his last fight. I personally would love to sit down with Mayweather and talk about making that fight happen. It will be easier talking and negotiating with Mayweather than with anyone else.”

The battle was passionately mentioned after Garcia’s earlier ring look, a seventh-round knockout of England’s 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and former title challenger Luke Campbell (20-4, 16KOs) final January in Dallas. Hopes of a desired showdown with Baltimore’s Davis (26-0, 24KOs) fell by, after Garcia and Golden Boy by no means fairly pulling the set off regardless of a powerful willingness on the a part of Davis and Mayweather Promotions to have made the battle for final spring.

Garcia wound up sitting out the remainder of 2021, as a result of a psychological well being reset final summer season after which to restore an injured proper wrist final fall. Davis fought and gained twice, claiming an eleventh-round knockout of unbeaten Mario Barrios in a junior welterweight battle final June earlier than dropping again right down to light-weight the place he earned a twelve-round resolution over Isaac Cruz final December in Los Angeles.

Each wins produced large gates, although middling pay-per-view outcomes. Garcia has but to headline his personal PPV occasion (Davis will enter his fifth straight with the Romero battle) however enjoys a rabid fan base. It stays to be seen how properly he can carry an occasion on his personal, although it stands to cause that the 2 hottest fighters within the division can mix to do large enterprise.

“Why not,” Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy theorized to BoxingScene.com. “If we can make a deal with them, if they are willing to work with us, we would love to make that fight.”

In fact, each nonetheless should win their subsequent battle.

Garcia ends a 15-month layoff with a streaking contender in Tagoe who—regardless of having not fought since November 2020—has gained 32 in a row since dropping his professional debut as a 15-year-old method again in June 2004. Davis is unbeaten throughout three weight divisions, although with an opponent in Las Vegas’ Romero who has by no means misplaced and in addition has little to no respect for his upcoming ring rival. 

Garcia and Davis are each favored to prevail and barely disappoint on the leisure entrance. Wins by each will nearly definitely generate prompt demand for a direct conflict as their subsequent order of enterprise.

“Look, Mayweather Promotions has done a great job with Tank Davis,” acknowledges De La Hoya. “That’s the superfight to make within the close to future. That’s the battle we would like.

“Ryan Garcia is on the verge of greatness. Those are the fights you have to make.”

Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox



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