Gervonta Davis Says Floyd Mayweather Wants to Make the Ryan Garcia Fight Next, Recalls Badly Hurting Teofimo Lopez

Published 01/17/2021, 7:31 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Gervonta Davis of The United States celebrates with Floyd Mayweather following victory against 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)


After a heated verbal feud with Ryan Garcia, WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis wants to fight the Mexican-American next and is optimistic about his promoters lining up the fight. That includes Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe, who also seem interested in staging the lightweight thriller.

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Both Garcia and Davis are unbeaten knockout artists and have their respective world titles. That said, they have equally outclassed their recent opponents via stoppage and are set to lock horns next. Meanwhile, Davis connected with Boxing Scene to comment on how the fight could be made

“I’m pushing for it for sure. Everybody said they’re on board with it so it shouldn’t be that hard (to make). I just keep asking them over and over, (promoters) Leonard (Ellerbe) and Floyd (Mayweather). I think Floyd wants the fight to happen so it shouldn’t be hard to make,” said Gervonta Davis.

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While Ryan Garcia seems invincible at this stage, Davis isn’t intimidated by him. Although he acknowledges Garcia’s speed, height and range, Davis still envisions that he would stop ‘KingRy’ inside the squared circle.

Speaking on it, the WBA champion continued, “I think I’ll actually break him down. Even though he’s a bigger fighter, taller, has a longer reach I think I can break him down. He’s fast, and he’s strong but I think I’m more of a fighter than him and I think I would break him down in the later rounds and wind up knocking him out.”

As ‘Tank’ continues to push for a fight against ‘KingRy, he is also following the other two unbeaten 135 lbs champions in Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney. The duo will be on his radar as he seeks to be the ultimate champion at lightweight.

Gervonta Davis sets his eyes on the entire lightweight roster

The current lightweight roster has four unbeaten world champions. While Ryan Garcia (WBC Interim champion) and Gervonta Davis (WBA champion) can fight each other, Teofimo Lopez (Unified champion) and Devin Haney (WBC champion) can also lock horns in the coming days. However, Davis claims to have outboxed both Haney and Lopez in sparring sessions.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Gervonta Davis weighs in for his WBA Super Featherweight Championship fight against Hugo Ruiz (not pictured) at the The Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Recalling the past, ‘Tank’ said, “I touched Teofimo up and played with him. I actually stopped Devin in sparring. We sparred twice. I stopped him the first time and almost knocked him out the second time. But it was good sparring the second time, but I almost knocked him out.”

Meanwhile, a professional clash can look absolutely different. The current lightweight division is stacked with these elite youngsters, and fans will be eager at the prospect of undefeated fighters colliding.

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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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