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Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia finally agreed for early 2023


Boxing fans will see at least one of their desired big fights in 2023.


Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia announced Thursday on their Instagram accounts that their representatives had completed a deal for the popular knockout artists to meet in a much-anticipated showdown in 2023 on a date to be determined. Their 12-round fight will be a Showtime Pay-Per-View main event from an undetermined venue in Las Vegas, with a catch weight of 136 pounds.


Davis, of Baltimore, also confirmed on Twitter that he will fight on January 7 against an opponent whom he did not name. This fight is also expected to headline a Showtime Pay-Per-View event from a Washington, D.C. venue.


“This is the fight I want and this is the fight boxing needs,” Garcia stated in a press release. “The hype, the storylines, the two athletes defining their sport inside the ring and out. I am going to knock ‘Tank’ out and take my place as the face of our incredible sport, and I’m bringing a new generation of boxing fans with me. I appreciate Tank volunteering to get beat so that I can get to work.”


Negotiating distribution rights in the United States took several weeks, even after Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) and Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) publicly stated their desire to close the deal. Following the collapse of the highly anticipated Terence Crawford-Errol Spence Jr. welterweight title fight last month, Showtime and DAZN eventually reached an agreement.


The Davis-Garcia telecast will be handled by Showtime's broadcast and production teams. The event will also be available for purchase on DAZN, though it will not be a joint pay-per-view venture.


Davis' last 11 fights have been broadcast live on Showtime or on pay-per-view. Garcia's previous seven fights have all been streamed on DAZN.


Davis, 28, and Garcia, 24, had hoped to fight on January 7, but Davis will now have what is likely to be a warm-up fight before the Garcia fight.


Davis is scheduled to appear in a Baltimore courtroom on February 16 for what appears to be a short trial related to misdemeanor motor vehicle violations Davis allegedly committed in his hometown in November 2020. Davis has been charged with 14 traffic violations as a result of a hit-and-run.


If Davis wins on January 7, the outcome of that case will most likely determine the date of his fight with Garcia.

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