The lightweight category in boxing is definitely one of the most exciting and quality at the moment. Devin Haney is the absolute king of the division and holds all the belts. However, a series of top boxers are chasing him and it will not be easy for him to defend his titles.
Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) and Ryan Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) are a duo of very talented boxers who are shooting for the very top, but the progress of one of them will be somewhat slowed down. Namely, Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis revealed on their Instagram profiles that their representatives managed to come to an agreement and in 2023 we will be watching their confrontation.
The date is currently unknown, and as for the location, Las Vegas is the most likely option. The match probably won't be held at the very beginning of the year, because Gervonta Devis revealed that he will fight an as-yet-unnamed opponent on January 7 (month 1), and that match will serve as a "warm-up" for Garcia.
Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia
“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”.
The 28-year-old Davis was Floyd Mayweather's coach for a large part of his career and developed his career under his supervision.
However, they recently broke up, and Davis is currently the holder of the WBA (Regular) belt. His last performance was at the end of the fifth month of this year, and he defeated Rolando Romero by technical knockout. From the very beginning of his career, Gervonta was heralded as the new "big thing" in boxing, but it's time for him to start testing himself against the truly best, and the same applies to Ryan Garcia.
24-year-old Ryan Garcia is considered by many to be the boxer with the "fastest hands in the world" The last time we had the opportunity to see him was in the seventh month, and he defeated Javier Fortuna by knockout in the sixth round.
Garcia, like Gervonta, scores most of his victories by stoppage and there is no doubt that this will be one of the most interesting boxing fights in 2023. We have to wait for the official confirmation of the date, and then the anticipation can begin.