Gervonta Davis Sends a Classy Message to Rival Ryan Garcia Regarding Mental Health Issues

Published 05/25/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 24: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Gervonta Davis speaks to the Media during SHOWTIME SPORTS 2018 Boxing Announcements at Cipriani on Jnauary 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


The lightweight division is easily one of the most exciting in the sport right now. The personalities of the top contenders and champions only add to this. Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis are at the forefront of this, showing their class in the ring and their trash-talking ability outside.

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The two share a public rivalry since Ryan Garcia called out ‘Tank’ after his last win. They then engaged in an ugly war of words on social media. However, since then, Ryan Garcia has struggled with mental health issues, and now, Davis has shown his class with a touching message of support.

DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Oscar de la Hoya after his victory against Luke Campbell for WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)

The 24-0 champion spoke to TMZ Sports on YouTube and gave his thoughts on his rival. “I can’t really speak on his situation because it’s something I’ve never been through. But mental illness is hard, it’s global. So I’m just wishing him the best,” said Davis.

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‘Tank’ then addressed the possibility of them fighting each other by saying, “I’m going to continue to do, you know, focus on my fight. We’ll meet with him if it’s meant and if it’s not, then so be it. But best wishes to him.”

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When could Ryan Garcia face Gervonta Davis?

The comments from Davis showed he is open to facing ‘King Ry’ and is hoping he is back to his best soon. Moreover, this would be an exhilarating fight for boxing fans as Garcia and Davis are two of the most explosive fighters at 135 lbs. So when can they meet?

Garcia gave an update about his situation and confirmed he would work hard to recover from his depression and anxiety. However, he pulled out from the Javier Fortuna out, and thus, may have to honor the rescheduled date.

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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)

Davis will return to the ring on June 26 to face super-lightweight champion, Mario Barrios. Thus, the fastest the two superstars could meet is at the end of the year. And even that is unlikely given the way things have gone in the last few months.

What do you make of these comments from Gervonta Davis? Would you like to see him fight Ryan Garcia?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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