- Ryan Garcia’s team told Insider that they have had “deep conversations” about a mega fight involving Jervonta Davis.
- A fight like this permeates the sporting consciousness in a way rarely seen in 2022.
- Insider spoke to sources close to Davis who confirmed the talks and said the fight is “very close.”
LOS ANGELES – Representatives for Jervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia are in positive discussions about what could become one of boxing’s biggest real-life fights, four sources familiar with the situation told Insider this week.
Golden Boy president Eric Gomez told Insider on Tuesday from his Los Angeles headquarters that he is working “to fight this.”
Golden Boy VP and Matchmaker Roberto Diaz also told us that he knows that Gomez is “in deep talks” about the incident and that “the communication is there, which is positive.”
A source close to Davis confirmed the talks with Insider, saying they thought the fight was “very close.”
Another source said they would be surprised if the deal didn’t include a rematch clause, meaning fans could see Davis, 27, and Garcia, 24, fight twice.
Davis vs. Garcia will be one of the most entertaining boxing shows ever
Davis, a thunderous boxer, and Garcia, with his lightning fast punches, are two of America’s best and most popular boxers.
“It’s a style fight because you’ve got a smaller Mike Tyson in Jervonta, a shorter, leaner fighter with one-punch knockouts, against the flash in Ryan with his speed and height,” Diaz said.
By booking them to fight now, the sport is getting one of the best spectacles it can possibly produce – at a time when it makes sense for them to box.
Also, some of the most powerful and influential personalities will be on stage to help promote the show.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Floyd Mayweather handled Davis’ promotion as a wholehearted attraction, while Garcia’s promotion was overseen by Golden Boy partners Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins.
It appears that the organizers, who spoke to Insider, said they expect the event to cross over into the mainstream sporting consciousness in a way that has rarely been seen this year.
“We need to go back to the old days when Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns were fighting in their 20s, not in their late 30s,” Diaz said. “This fight must be fought now or it will be too late.”
“I want to see the best fight and we’ll see if Ryan and Gervonta fight,” he said.
“There’s always a great way to fight”
“Right now, it’s great for boxing and great for the fighters,” Diaz said. “If they lose, it won’t hurt either of them because they are young enough to get better and better.”
Potential complications surround such fights because each athlete is backed by a rival promoter and broadcast partner.
Garcia is with Golden Boy and DAZN. Davis, meanwhile, is backed by Mayweather Promotions, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Showtime.
But despite the promoter and broadcast rivalries, Gomez said he’s confident any fight can be done as long as all parties are willing to negotiate, including this one.
“We have no problem working with any promoter,” Gomez said. “There’s always a way for big fights.”
Diaz added: “I like this match. I think it will be a 50-50 fight.”
The venue will be held on December 17
The Georgia State Athletic Commission has listed Dec. 17 as a prospective event on its calendar, according to Public Insider.
It shows a 5:00 p.m. start date for the event at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, a venue that Davis has previously competed in and has proven to be one of the hottest fights in boxing.
It’s unclear if that date and venue is reserved specifically for a fight involving Davis and Garcia, as Atlanta will likely be a pro-Davis crowd.
But it’s a nod to Davis potentially competing there later in the year.
The only question that remains is whether 2022 can end with its biggest bang with Garcia in the opposite corner.