Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia
New York Press Conference
Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME
Undefeated boxing superstars
Gervonta “Tank” Davis and “King” Ryan Garcia went face to
face for the first time at a press conference in New York on
Wednesday as they previewed their highly anticipated
12-round showdown that headlines a pay-per-view event on
Saturday, April 22 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The telecast is being produced
and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV and will be available across
pay-per-view providers including DAZN PPV.
Davis vs. Garcia is promoted by GTD Promotions, TGB
Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
Pre-sale tickets will be available TOMORROW, Thursday, March
9 from 10 a.m. PT to 10 p.m. PT with the code: BOXING
In a rare matchup of unbeaten superstars in the primes of
their careers, Davis vs. Garcia is set up to be a crossover
event that captures the sporting world’s imagination. With
contrasting, colorful personalities and aggressive, dynamic
styles in the ring that translate to highlight-reel
knockouts, April 22 projects to be the must-see boxing event
of the year.
Davis and Garcia squared off for a long and animated
face-off at the conclusion of the press conference, offering
a glimpse of the intensity on deck for fight night. Here is
what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday
from Palladium Times Square:
“We’re back at it. This time we got another dance partner. I
know that it’s going to be tough. This fight is definitely
going to be tough. But this is what we came to do. We want
the big fights.
“I’ve been boxing since I was seven. I fought a lot coming
up. I’m just happy to be a part of this moment and share the
ring with a young fighter like Ryan Garcia who’s daring
himself to be great. He talked his way into this fight.
April 22 he’s going to have to show it.
“I’m coming from Baltimore and a lot of people don’t make it
from there. I’m just happy to be a part of this event. I
couldn’t have done this by myself. I had a great team that
got me here.
“We’ve stayed focused and kept our head down and continued
to grind. That’s what really matters.
“I think this is important because we’re both young. Both of
us are at our peak. A lot of young fighters don’t fight each
other. We both made our name coming up and the time is now.
We’re both great fighters and we put it all on the line.
“All I have to do is keep working and beat whoever they put
in front of me. That starts with Ryan Garcia.
“My strategy is going to depend on what he brings that
night. Whether he’s coming fast or slow, I always want to
take my time. It all depends on what he brings.
“This is going to be an explosive fight. It’s two young guys
who are hungry. It’s all about who wants it more. Whoever is
really built like that, that’s who’s going to win. Nobody
can fight for him. It’s about who’s got that dog in them.”
“This is a fight that I’ve been wanting for a very long
time. To be a champion, you have to beat the best. It’s not
about the titles, it’s about who you beat. It’s a testimony
to the respect I have for Gervonta as a fighter.
“I want to be the best. During this whole journey, I put
boxing first and the fans first. I had to accept a lot of
stipulations, but my power comes from within and from above.
My strength comes from my heart.
“We really came together and conquered the poison that’s
been stopping boxing from making the biggest fights. We
found a way.
“April 22 is the time where the words won’t matter anymore.
The truth will come out. We’re both great fighters and we’ll
settle it in the ring.
“If you look at boxing, it’s been hard to get prime fighters
together. It usually happens too late. This is a moment that
boxing has been longing for. You really can’t make a bigger
fight than this.
“This is a defining moment in our careers. This is about
legacy. This is about who really wants the crown.
“’Tank’ has the image of a devastating puncher. He’s a great
fighter. I’ll know within myself what type of fighter I am
after this fight. This is what I’ve always wanted.
“I just didn’t want to take the risk of an interim fight
before this one. There are a lot of little things that can
happen. I didn’t wait this long to mess it up at the finish
“I’m going to be ready for 12 rounds. You have to respect
your opponent. You can’t just jump in to get a knockout. It
might be more of a mental fight than people might believe.
Different opponents make you approach fights in different
CALVIN FORD, Davis’ Trainer
“These two are bringing boxing back. You’re going to feel
this energy. These are two great fighters. Y’all made it
“This fight is about the next generation of boxing to come.
I can’t wait for the night to be on this new level. After
this fight, who’s going to be sitting on this throne? It’s a
passing of the torch.
“We’ve been waiting for something like this for years. This
is the fight that’s going to make the other fighters
actually fight. This is how it’s done.
“Y’all ain’t seen nothing yet. The best is yet to come. I
really can’t wait. We’re ready. Let’s do it.”
JOE GOOSSEN, Garcia’s Trainer
“What a great event this is going to be. When you get the
two fighters together, it becomes real. We’ve both been
training, but I think after this press conference, you get a
“We know it’s going to be a tough fight. Ryan is a great
fighter and I know that you’re both going to put on a great
“These two men are going to go down in history. This is an
incredible pairing that you don’t see too often. This is a
pay-per-view that I would not miss. Because it’s going to be
that exciting. We have two of the best fighters of this era
sitting down at this table and I just can’t wait.”
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
“It’s happening. This highly anticipated super fight, which
the fans have been begging for, is happening April 22 at
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Make no mistake, this is a
super fight. It’s one of the biggest that boxing has to
“It’s not often in today’s game that we see two fighters in
their prime, both undefeated and both powerful knockout
punchers, colliding in their primes.
“This is boxing at its best. It wasn’t ordered. It’s the
case of the two best fighters in the division making this
“Any fight with ‘Tank’ equates to big business and financial
success. He’s broken records everywhere he’s fought and it’s
made him one of boxing’s biggest stars. He’s one of the most
explosive and dangerous fighters in the world.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, Boxing Promoter
“This is two undefeated guys coming together and it’s going
to be nothing but fireworks. You have to give all the credit
to the two fighters. It’s not about the promoters, it’s
about Ryan forcing this fight.
“This is by far the biggest fight in the entire sport. I
recall that a couple of years ago when I was in Miami, Ryan
approached me and said I want to ‘eff your boy up’. That’s
the only fight that he wanted.
“’Tank’ Davis is going to go out there and show you why he’s
one of the best fighters in the world.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions
“This is a mega-fight. That phrase gets thrown around a lot.
How often do you get two guys who are undefeated, with huge
fan bases and who are early in the peak of their career?
“This is bringing the best two fighters in their weight
division in the same ring. We’re all working together to
make this big mega-fight. It almost never happens, but this
is one that the world is not going to miss.
“We’re going to bring back the glory days because of Ryan
Garcia. April 22 these two fighters are going to battle it
out. I’m not going to fight for them. They have to do the
“These two wanted this fight. Ryan Garcia wanted this fight
years ago and now it’s here. May the best man win. I have a
lot of respect for ‘Tank’. He’s a special fighter, but Ryan
Garcia is special as well.”
BERNARD HOPKINS, Golden Boy Promotions Partner
“This is one of those fights that we didn’t see except for
once or twice a year in the 1980s or 1990s. This fight has
the ingredients. These two fighters will be future Hall of
Famers. This is the biggest fight of this year. We should
all treat it that way.
“Tell everyone who aren’t fight fans to tune in to this one.
This is going to be a fight that hooks them and makes them
stay in the sweet science.
“Don’t ask me who is going to win, because you know which
side I am on.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President, SHOWTIME SPORTS
“’Tank’ Davis and Ryan Garcia are two fighters in the core
social media demographic who are legitimate fighters with
huge fan bases. This is a social media promotion. These guys
don’t get the credit they deserve for being skilled boxers.
They are obviously bringing in fans beyond the core base.
They are brands.
“We have two very different fan bases geographically who
both travel. Ryan’s fan base is really strong in Southern
California, the Southwest, and among the Mexican-American
community. ‘Tank’s’ core is the East Coast, although he has
obviously done well across the country. We have two very
engaged fan bases, and two very different fighters.
“This fight is the rising tide that lifts all boats. There
is an enthusiasm that permeates everything else. It elevates
the level of action.
“This fight is one of the cornerstones of our very ambitious
2023 schedule. It’s a battle of the two most popular young
fighters in the sport, two fighters in their athletic prime
and two of the most exciting fighters in any weight
division. Put that together and you have the biggest fight
that is on the boxing schedule.
“When a fight this big gets made, there is no shortage of
people rushing to take credit. ‘Tank’ Davis and Ryan Garcia
deserve the credit for this fantastic event. Throughout the
long negotiating process, they never wavered. They remained
focused, refused to take the easy way out and take other
opportunities, and delivered what the sport and the fans