Gervonta “Tank” Davis and “King” Ryan Garcia are two of the most exciting and promising young fighters in the world of professional boxing. Both men possess lightning-fast hand speed, impressive knockout power, and an uncanny ability to dazzle their opponents with their footwork and movement in the ring.
On April 22 in Las Vegas, a super-fight between these two talented fighters took place and it was a step in the right direction for the sport of boxing. Pitting two rising stars against each other in a clash of styles and skill sets is what fans want to see.
Both Davis and Garcia headed into the fight as undefeated fighters but only Davis, a three-division world champion, exited the ring with his record in tact. Davis used his power counters to hurt Garcia and it was evident that the ring IQ belonged to Davis.
Garcia looked like a shell of himself but he can’t really blame the rehydration clause for his loss, when you sign a contract that means you are taking accountability for your conditioning on fight night.
In the fight Garcia was tentative but he also left himself open after each punch, when he got caught and dropped in the second round it changed the dynamic of the fight. He became more cautious after tasting the power of Davis which left his nose dripping blood.
The fight eventually ended when Davis threw a left hand counter to the body of Garcia, sending him to the canvas with a delayed reaction. Garcia was in pain and took a knee and couldn’t beat the referee’s ten count. The ref waved off the fight in round 7, it was declared a victory for Davis via stoppage by body shot.
The Davis vs. Garcia fight was promoted well on social media and on sports shows. The winner would be crowned the new face of boxing. With the hype and build up many fans and boxing insiders believe it will be a lucrative and profitable event. The buzz and excitement generated by the fight translated into high ticket sales, pay-per-view buys, and other revenue streams, making it a financial win for everyone involved.
The price was steep at $84.99 but it was the most talked about event on Twitter and searched online by millions. Now the real question is will this fight boost the sport of boxing with the younger fanbase? We shall see.