By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Fight fans, boxing fanatics, and the whole sporting community received some good news as one of the most requested matchups in boxing will finally take place in 2023.
Gervonta “Tank” Davis will be squaring off with Ryan Garcia next year to determine their respective ranks in a stacked lightweight division.
Already throwing shades at one another since a couple of years ago, the debate of what really stands out, speed or power, will finally be answered when both of these fighters share the same ring.
Davis is one of the most devastating knockout artists in the sport and is currently undefeated in 27 matches with 25 of those coming via way of knockout.
The kid from Baltimore is also the current World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion and previously held the IBF super featherweight and the WBA super lightweight championship belts.
Despite the criticisms Davis received throughout the years after getting molded by Floyd Mayweather Jr. early in his career, the hard-hitting boxer was unfazed on his road to greatness and earned notable wins when he knocked out Mexican warrior and former multi-champion Leo Santa Cruz last 2019.
Aside from his one-punch KO victory over Santa Cruz, Davis also won over Isaac Cruz via unanimous decision and recently knocked Rolando Romero out several months ago.
On the other hand, another young fighter who is considered one of the fastest boxers in the history of the sport is ready to take on the challenge of facing Davis.
Ring Magazine’s sixth-best lightweight Garcia is out to prove his doubters wrong and will have to walk his talk when he claimed that Davis will be seeing punches as fast as the light.
Like Davis, the former World Boxing Council (WBC) interim lightweight champion is also undefeated and has KO’d 19 out of his 23 total opponents.
After scoring a huge technical knockout victory over Luke Campbell last year, Garcia was on a roll and out-boxed Emmanuel Tagoe and Javier Fortuna during his two most recent fights.
“I’m so pumped this fight is finally in place I want it more than anything right now. I’ve put in the work, I’m at the prime of my career, and I know I’m going to be the biggest boxer in the world. That legacy starts today,” posted Garcia on his Twitter account.
The Davis-Garcia matchup was one of the most highly-sought fights since 2019 with two of the youngest and most skilled lightweights going at it for supremacy.
“I’ll be back in the ring January 7 stay tuned for more details! After that it’s me and Ryan signed sealed delivered. Done deal!” tweeted Davis.