Gervonta Davis Accepts Ryan Garcia’s Challenge – Did ‘KingRy’ Bite off More Than He Can Chew?

Published 01/08/2021, 4:15 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Gervonta Davis of The United States celebrates following his fight with Liam Walsh of England in the IBF World Junior Lightweight Championship match at Copper Box Arena on May 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis accepted a match against Ryan Garcia following the latter’s TKO win over Luke Campbell on January 2.

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‘KingRy’ grabbed the WBC Interim lightweight belt with his recent win and could have comfortably entered any of the lightweight title rides. But he preferred to face Gervonta Davis amongst all, and ‘Tank’ didn’t run away from the offer.

Garcia connected with Mike Tyson on his podcast to discuss several things regarding his boxing career. Although the episode will be available on Monday, we already got a glimpse of the same.

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ES News revealed a part of the podcast where Garcia and Davis verbally accepted the fight and promised to seal the contest under any circumstances. While Garcia claimed he would stop Davis within two rounds, the WBA champion said, “We are fighting next, we are fighting next.”

It further amazed Ryan Garcia as he seemingly took it as an official confirmation and declared it as a legitimate fight.

DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates his victory against Luke Campbell at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)

“The world knows, he said it. Next fight. There’s no going back now. You gotta commit to that. Sign that baby,” said Garcia.

He added, “Look, I am dancing, I am happy, baby.”

Ryan Garcia vs Gervonta Davis- What to expect?

It’s a comparison between two of the best knockout punchers in the division. Both have won their latest fights with sensational stoppages and are still unbeaten in the professional ride.

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They also have big-name promoters as Davis is under Floyd Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions and Garcia is with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. So, this too will add to the intrigue surrounding their fight.

However, WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney is the legitimate contender for Garcia, as the Mexican-American has the Interim title. If World Boxing Council passes an order, it might force Garcia to face Haney over Davis. However, ‘KingRy’ can also vacate his Interim title to opt for Davis’s WBA strap.

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Either way, Ryan Garcia has enormous challenges ahead, and he needs to continue his dominance to retain his superstardom. Do you think ‘KingRy’ vs ‘Tank’ will happen in 2021?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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