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  Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia
Final Press Conference


Undefeated rivals and boxing superstars Gervonta Tank Davis and King Ryan Garcia went face-to-face for the first time during fight week at Thursdays final press conference before they meet this Saturday, April 22 in a SHOWTIME PPV production from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The press conference also featured fighters competing on the pay-per-view undercard including WBA Super Middleweight Champion David Morrell Jr. and Olympic Bronze Medalist Yamaguchi Falcao, who meet in the co-main event, super middleweight sluggers Gabriel Rosado and Bektemir Melikuziev, who battle in a 10-round rematch, and hard-hitting 19-year-old middleweight Elijah Garcia and Mexicos Kevin Salgado, who duel in the pay-per-view telecast opener at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The event is promoted by GTD Promotions, TGB Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from K Theatre at MGM Grand:

GERVONTA DAVIS


All he talks about is that one punch. I only need one too. I touch that jaw and Im telling you, youre going to sleep. Ill probably break your jaw.

Were here. Enough with the talking. Im ready to get down and dirty. Im from Baltimore city and youll see how we turn it come Saturday. See yall then.

Hes gonna feel me for sure. I am what I say I am. Im that guy. I didnt get all the way here for no reason. I put the work in and I got those guys out of there. Hes gonna see it come Saturday night for sure.

Dont forget Im the most accurate puncher out there. Make sure youve been practicing on putting your hands up.

Hes getting his ass whooped. Its gonna be an exciting fight. Im excited to be here. I dont know about him, but Im coming with some stuff for sure.

He doesnt have the fundamentals at all. If Joe Goossen is that great of a trainer, hes gotta fix his fundamentals. All hes got is that weak hook. Thats all hes relying on.

Hes delusional if he thinks hes knocking me out. Thats it.

RYAN GARCIA


Everything is catching up to you. Everything is coming to a halt for you on Saturday night. Youre gonna learn the hard way.

What an honor to be here. This is a dream come true. Im seeing my face on the big screens at MGM and this is what Ive dreamed of since I was a little boy. Im very happy and excited.

I dont have much to say really, Im just staying focused and preparing. I know theres a big task at hand, but Im gonna come out victorious.

Hes gonna find out exactly why Im here. You dont get to this position without having something special. Anybody can see that. Well just have to wait and see when Im in there. Hell see it when Im in there.

This man has never punished anyone in his life. Hes always losing in these fights. Get that out of your mind. Youre gonna get punished. You got the lowest punch output in boxing.

This is the biggest moment in sports right now. It means a lot. The magnitude of this fight is huge. Everything is already on the line. Im just ready to go as deep as I have to. This moment is everything to me. Ive envisioned this for years and its finally here.

I just need one shot. That left hook. I feel like Im gonna break his jaw with that hook. I just see him lying on the floor.

Im ready to do what I do. Im gonna end him, I promise that. Its over.

DAVID MORRELL JR.


This is so exciting. Im thrilled about the opportunity and I want to thank my whole team. This means a lot to me.

I want a big name in my next fight, so this is the perfect fight and the perfect stage for me to prepare to face the best in the division.

100% Im trying to send a message to David Benavidez. I want him to know that Im ready. Ive told everyone that Im ready for all the best fighters at 168-pounds.

Hes got his opinion, but its not as easy as he says. The amateurs are different than the pros. Look at my last fight, everyone was talking about me losing, but I go in there and get knockouts.

Im really thankful for my support from all the Cuban fans out there. Im ready to knock Falcao out for all of you. Hes going down in five or six rounds.

Im ready for whats in front of me. I have everything I need. Im focused and I feel great.

YAMAGUCHI FALCAO


Im all about taking on the best and biggest challenges. I love this sport and I believe in myself. I know exactly what I want to do on Saturday night.

People should know that Im an Olympic medalist, that Im very talented and that Im here to make history and shock the world.

I want to leave my imprint on the world right here in Las Vegas and let everyone know that Ive arrived.

I stand by my words that Im gonna knock him out. I love Cuban boxing, but Saturday is gonna be my night. Im a problem.

GABRIEL ROSADO


The rematch made sense being that I was already in camp getting ready for a big fight. This opportunity presented itself and I thought it made sense on this huge card.

I took it personally that he thinks the knockout in our first fight was a fluke. I just want to prove him wrong.

Its going to be the same outcome this time. Were going in there locked in. I had a great training camp and I feel amazing.

The fans know that theyre gonna get my best. Im a Philadelphia warrior. Its not just about winning, its about how I win. Its hard to top that first knockout, but Im coming to give a great performance and I cant wait.

Its been a long road for me, but Im enjoying it and Im having fun. You gotta have fun doing this. I just want to keep proving that Im improving as a fighter and that Im worthy of this stage. Come Saturday night, were gonna shine again.

BEKTEMIR MELIKUZIEV


Im very thankful to be on this stage with this big opportunity on a card like this. This is the fight Ive wanted and the fight Ive been asking for.

This is boxing. A mistake was made and a lesson was learned in our first fight. There wont be any mistake made by me this time.

Im happy to have this opportunity. I have a great fighter in front of me. I can promise you that no matter how long this fight goes, its gonna be exciting and action packed.

He can think whatever he wants. I have no problem with it. I can just promise that its gonna be a great fight and be action packed.

Whatever happened in the first fight already happened, Im going to do my talking inside of the ring.

ELIJAH GARCIA


The fans are going to see an explosive fight. Salgado is a great opponent, but Im gonna push the pace and someone is gonna get knocked out. Its gonna be fought on the inside and well see what happens.

Phoenix has always had good boxers and great talent and were just starting to take the big fights and become champions. I just want to become the next big name from there.

My goal is to be champion when Im 21 years old. If it comes sooner, then Im ready. Right now Im just taking it one fight at a time and building myself. I want to be a mandatory by the end of the year.

Now I feel like I wanna knock him out. I expect to put him out before six and put on a great show for the fans.

KEVIN SALGADO


He can say whatever he wants up here right now. The only one thats getting knocked out on Saturday is Elijah Garcia.

I dont care how young he is or how ambitious he is, Im going to go in that ring, get the victory and be on my way.

One thing is to talk outside the ring, he seems to like to do that. Im going to talk inside the ring and everyone will see what Im capable of.

CALVIN FORD, Davis Trainer


Here we go again with another one. I dont do too much talking. We do it in the ring. Be prepared Saturday night, because its on. In the words of my coaching partner Kenny Ellis, were going to put some knuckles on somebody.

Ryan says hes the king, but this is vicious right here. I aint never seen a king hold his kingdom down when you have a vicious crew come through. We are coming through. We are vicious. We arent just boxing. Were doing this. Come Saturday night, be prepared. Stop playin with my youngin.

I dont train for knockouts. I train for punishment. I want you to feel it. Im sending the message to everyone, through you. You will see.

JOE GOOSSEN, Garcias Trainer


Im not going to have a war of words with anybody because the real war is going to be Saturday night between two great fighters. This is one of the most exceptional matches put together in a long time. The interest in this fight has been unbelievable.

Ryan Garcia is one of the most uniquely talented fighters Ive ever been involved with in a half of a century. People know me and I dont mess around.

Ive never seen anybody train as hard, or focus as much as Ryan has. He has a deep faith. He has a deep faith in himself as well. I just cant say enough great things about him. Hes going to bring something very special to the ring Saturday, I can guarantee that.

TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions

Its happening folks. Make no mistake about it, this is a super fight. Its one of the biggest that can be made in boxing and the best fight of 2023.

Its not often in todays game that we see two young fighters, both undefeated, both in their prime, step into the ring together.

We always hear about styles make fights and in this case, its never been more true. This fight will be an instant classic and an all-out war. This is going to be like Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns, and in Tank Davis, we have Hagler.

LEONARD ELLERBE, Boxing Promoter


The talk is done, its go time this Saturday. The biggest fight in boxing.

We believe in Tank 1000%. So when it comes to what Oscar says, he has no room to talk about anything. We carry ourself like the A-side because thats what we are.

Its going to be Tank Davis by KO, like Ive been saying, and it might be early.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions


I truly believe that the winner of this fight will be the new king of the sport. As someone who spent most of his early life in the ring, I know firsthand what it takes to compete at the highest level. This is the highest level. I look at Ryan and I know hes ready. I look at Ryans team and they know hes ready.

When I look at Tanks teams action throughout the whole promotion, I am left to wonder, Do they really think this guy is ready? Catchweights and rehydration clauses. Late afternoon weigh ins. All these small petty requirements point to a team looking to protect their fighter, and why would they protect their fighter, unless they dont think hes ready for this moment? I really believe that Tanks team is worried hes going to lose. When youre a young fighter, nothing feels worse than your team not believing in you.

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President, SHOWTIME Sports


Were thrilled to bring you this fight in collaboration with DAZN PPV and were proud to once again be delivering the strongest schedule in the sport.

SHOWTIME has delivered 14 marquee events in just the first six months of the year, and this is our ninth live boxing event in the last 11 weeks. Its one of the hottest runs in the history of SHOWTIME BOXING.

This Saturday we have one of the hottest fights of the year. Two fighters with different personalities, different fan bases, and very different styles in the ring. This is a battle of the two most popular fighters in the U.S. Both are huge draws. Both are coming off very impressive performances; Tank Davis winning by TKO over Hector Luis Garcia, and Ryan Garcia last fought in July against former title holder Javier Fortuna.

Tank is a five-time champion in three different weight classes. He has sold out venues in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, and Washington, D.C. Three of his last six wins have been one-punch KOs and 18 of his last 19 opponents have been stopped. The combined record of his last 13 opponents is 138 wins and 12 losses.

Ryan Garcia probably has the fastest hands in boxing. Everyone talks about Ryans social media following, but thats not really the important thing. Just because he has a big social media following doesnt mean hes not one of the most talented boxers in the sport because he clearly is, and everyone talks about his speed. But thats not the only thing. Ryan Garcia has knockouts in six of his last seven fights, including over Fortuna this past July.



 

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