Eddie Hearn Believes That As Things Stand, The Chances Of Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia Happening Are 50-50
Eddie Hearn, the chairman of Matchroom Boxing and a DAZN representative, was not optimistic about the chances of Ryan Garcia vs Gervonta Davis happening in April as planned due to the unpredictable nature of both fighters.
Late last year, Tank Davis and Garcia, alongside networks executives Stephen Espinoza (Showtime) and Joe Markowski (DAZN) announced on social media that they had agreed terms to meet in a Las Vegas super fight in April, with the rumoured date being April 15.
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The announcement was of much delight to fight fans but it was made clear that contracts had not been signed yet. Both fighters were supposed to take tune-ups bouts in January, Tank faces Hector Garcia on Saturday whilst Ryan Garcia decided to forego his scheduled Jan 28 bout with Mercito Gesta.
Hearn told the DAZN Boxing Show why he believes this was the case. “Ryan didn’t look like he was in the best of shape a few weeks ago. Because of his volatility, and the up-and-down nature of Ryan Garcia, there’s no strict guarantee he can beat Mercito Gesta. He’s been too inactive for my liking”
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“This fight (Davis Garcia), is it signed? I mean these two guys, they’re all over the place. I guess it’s only 50-50 whether the fight will even happen going into this Saturday.”
Last week, Davis was arrested for allegedly striking a woman on the right side of her head with a “closed hand type slap”, one of at least four different occasions where the PPV star has been in trouble with the law. Garcia choosing not to fight Gesta marks the third occasion in 18 months where the star boxer has signed a contract for a fight and not gone through with it.
Whilst Hearn may not be holding his breath, fight fans hope a fight between Tank and ‘Kingry’ does happen in April and can set a precedent that shows boxers and networks alike that they need to deliver super fights to keep the sport relevant and that cross-promotional issues must be worked around as they have been here.
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