The long-awaited showdown between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis finally is behind us, as the two talented boxers stepped into the ring to determine who was the superior fighter. Despite a close match, it was Davis who emerged victorious, affirming his reputation as a fearsome competitor in the world of boxing.
Gervonta Davis Emerges as the Victor
Despite the predictions of many experts, the match was a closely contested affair, with both Garcia and Davis having their moments in the ring. However, it was Davis' counterpunching skills that ultimately proved to be the difference-maker.
A powerful body shot from Davis sent Garcia to the canvas, and although he tried to get up, he was unable to continue, resulting in a knockout victory for Davis.
Garcia Shows Respect for Davis
Despite the loss, Garcia took it in stride and showed his respect for his opponent. “I’m good.
Tank is a great fighter. I take my hat off to him. I know we talked a lot of trash leading into the fight, but he knows what it is. It’s all love at the end of the day. I was honored to be in the ring with a great fighter and I respect him a lot.
You know how the business goes. But I want to say to Tank, you’re a good man,” said Garcia. He also took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the match, writing, "Nothing like fighting one of the best! Hopefully one day we can run it back!
This was the first loss of Garcia's career, which previously consisted of 23 consecutive victories against top-notch boxers.
Despite Davis holding the lightweight title, the championship was not on the line for this fight, as it was agreed upon at a "catchweight" one pound above the lightweight limit.
Davis Reflects on the Knockouts
When asked about the knockdowns, Davis credited his preparation and strategic planning.
“The first knockdown was just [Garcia] not knowing his placement,” said Davis. “I knew that I was the smaller guy, and my coach was telling me in camp that he’s going to come up with his head up, so just shoot over the top”.
He also expressed surprise at the decisive nature of the second knockdown, saying, “I didn’t think that body shot would end it, but I saw his facial expression and that’s what made me take it to him. It was a good shot, for sure.
I thought he was going to get up but I like to play mind games, so when he was looking at me, I was looking at him trying to tell him, ‘Get up!’. . And he just shook his head, no”.
The Lightweight Division: A Hotbed of Talent
The lightweight division is widely considered to be one of the most exciting and competitive categories in the world of boxing.
It features some of the sport's biggest stars, including George Kambosos Jr., Devin Haney, Vasyl Lomachenko, Isaac Cruz, Ryan Garcia, and Gervonta Davis, who currently sits at second in the BoxRec rankings. The top spot is occupied by Shakur Stevenson, who many believe to be the greatest talent in the world of boxing.