Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia Full Fight Review

(12:11am 4/23/23): Tonight live on pay-per-view, undefeated multiple-time World Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis fought undefeated former interim World Champion Ryan “King” Garcia at an agreed upon catchweight of 136 pounds. This fight, widely considered the biggest fight in boxing in 2023 did not disappoint, as 2 champions fought not for titles, but to become arguably the face of boxing. Not in recent memory has there been a non-title fight with this much hype. Everyone from hall of fame boxers to A-List actors and musicians were in Las Vegas to watch two of the very best in the sport today. 

 

After a somewhat slow start in round 1, the fight truly began in round 2 as the three-division title-holder got rocked with some good shots from Garcia, however in typical power-punching fashion, Tank unleashed a massive counter left hand that floored Ryan for the 2nd time in his career. It was an impressive hook similar to the counter-punch that led to the technical knockout of Rolando Romero in May of 2022. Garcia was arguably winning the round before Davis landed the left hook, and it would change the direction of the fight moving forward, though Garcia would show heart by beating the count and continuing the fight.

 

As the fight progressed, it was a fairly even contest, with Tank having a slight advantage going into the middle rounds. Round six was Ryan Garcia’s best moment of the fight landing a massive right hand that brought the crowd to it’s feet, giving the 24-year old confidence that he may be able pull off the upset. That confidence, however would only last one more round, as the fighters would continue to exchange strong punches through the middle of round 7, with Garcia continuing to push the pace. That’s when one of the best counter-punchers in the world once again showed why he is one of the true faces of the sport, and arguably the best in the world period. Countering a right hand by Garcia, Tank would catch Ryan with a heavy rib-crunching body shot, that after a delayed reaction, would lead to Garcia taking a knee, and eventually a 10-count signifying an impressive knockout victory for Davis… His 27th knockout in 29 wins in what is still an undefeated career. In an ironic twist of fate, this body punch knockout was similar to Garcia’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya’s loss to Bernard Hopkins 18 1/2 years ago. 

 

Davis’ performance was impressive and more importantly eye-opening to whoever has yet to recognize this man as one of the best in the world.  Well, after tonight, it is undeniable.   Tank Davis is that guy and with the exception of possibly Undisputed Lightweight World Champion Devin Haney, Unified Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence, Jr, and possibly WBO Welterweight Champion Terrence Crawford, there is no one else in Gervonta Davis’ league in 2023.  

 

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