Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia announce mega fight in Las Vegas

One of the biggest fights in boxing takes place in Las Vegas.

Undefeated lightweight superstars Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia will clash in Las Vegas in early 2023, they announced via social media on Thursday. A venue and date have not been finalized, but organizers hope to hold the fight in April, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The fighters have agreed to a 136lb pay-per-view bout, produced by Showtime and available for purchase via DAZN, on Davis (Premier Boxing Champions) and Garcia (Golden Boy Promotions) respectively.

“Boxing NEEDS this fight right now,” Garcia tweeted. “It’s time for us to get back to what made the sport so great for fans: flashy bouts in venues like Las Vegas, grudge match stories, and most importantly, the best against the best.”

The bout represents a commercially compelling matchup between two of the sport’s brightest stars in the prime of their careers with a large following.

Davis (27-0, 25 knockouts) is a former 130-pound world champion who won secondary titles in the 135-pound and 140-pound divisions. The 28-year-old Baltimore resident is one of boxing’s most explosive punchers, and therefore one of its most popular fighters – he has proven himself a box office attraction in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York, where he most recently knocked out Roland Romero on May 28 at the Barclays Center.

Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) from Victorville, California is just as volatile – gaining popularity thanks in part to multiple social media platforms. The 24-year-old has over nine million Instagram followers, surpassed only by superstar Canelo Alvarez among active boxers.

He last knocked out Javier Fortuna in July at the Arena in Los Angeles.

PBC announced that Davis was scheduled to face him on January 7, but a matchup with Garcia represents a modern rarity in boxing: rival networks, promoters and platforms are collaborating to finalize a mega-fight.

It was after negotiations for a mega-fight between welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford collapsed last month.

“All credit to (Davis) and Ryan. There were many obstacles along the way, but both stayed the course to give fans the fight they want,” Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza tweeted.

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