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Ryan Garcia calls Gervonta Davis a 'coward' after failing to finalize negotiations for super fight


The much-anticipated super fight between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis has been a topic of discussion for several months, however, the final terms of their agreement have yet to be agreed upon. The negotiations are being carried out by the major players in the boxing world, Golden Boy Promotions, who represent Garcia, and Premier Boxing Champions, who represent Davis.

The bout, which is set to be a Showtime pay-per-view event and a 136-pound catchweight fight, is being closely watched by boxing fans all over the world. On Monday, Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter behind Golden Boy Promotions and the man responsible for organizing events exclusively on the DAZN streaming service, spoke to ESPN's Mike Coppinger about the main challenge in making the April 15 fight happen. He stated that the key challenge revolves around determining who will have control over the potential rematch.


"We're literally down at the 1-yard line; what's holding everything up is the rematch clause," said De La Hoya. "It's only fair if Ryan wins, then our side controls everything as the A-side. This is just the way it always has been. ... It's common sense that whoever wins is the A-side. That's the bottom line. We're not reinventing the wheel here.


"Al Haymon is dictating everything. ... They've asked for this, asked for that. Who comes out first, the penalties if Ryan comes overweight. We've given in, we've negotiated, and everything has been very pleasant. If Ryan loses, sure, there's no rematch.


"It's been a pleasant negotiation, it really has. I really hope their side doesn't fumble the ball and we have no Super Bowl. ... We at Golden Boy are just protecting our TV partners. It's only fair that everything gets switched around if Ryan wins.


"We're holding strong because we know it's fair and we feel 1,000% this fight is going to be made and be the biggest fight of the past few years.”


On Wednesday night, Garcia uploaded a video to Instagram with the caption "stop running Tank" showing himself working out at instructor Joe Goossen's Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California. Stop avoiding me. Quit whispering behind Al Haymon. No clause allowing a rematch. Winner eliminates every coward.


In recent months, Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) has changed his direction and is now fully committed to taking on Davis.


He declined to compete in a warm-up match against Mercito Gesta, which was scheduled for January 28. Garcia's most recent victory was a knockout against Javier Fortuna in July.

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