Oscar De La Hoya is as giddy as anybody else within the boxing world to see Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis commerce punches subsequent 12 months.
Light-weight stars Garcia and Davis each announced on their social media accounts this week that they would face each other next year in Las Vegas. The precise date and venue has not but been decided, however the 12-round bout will happen at a contracted weight of 136 kilos.
Negotiations between Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) and Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) lasted for weeks as a result of difficult nature of the broadcasting rights. Garcia, whose promoter Golden Boy, De La Hoya’s firm, has an unique cope with DAZN, whereas Davis, a shopper of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, is backed by Showtime.
Ultimately, a decision was reached by all events. As BoxingScene.com reported, the combat will air on Showtime Pay-Per-View and use Showtime’s broadcast and manufacturing groups however may even be obtainable for buy on DAZN.
However the combat will not be technically a completed deal. De La Hoya and DAZN’s Government Vice President Joe Markowski each indicated publicly that contracts have but to be swapped and signed. Furthermore, Davis may have an interim bout earlier than going through Garcia. Davis mentioned on his social media that he’ll return to the ring on Jan. 7 in Washington D.C. in opposition to an unnamed opponent in what might be a Showtime Pay-Per-View occasion.
In his first verbal remarks after the announcement was made, De La Hoya took to Twitter to supply a couple of preliminary remarks. De La Hoya mentioned his staff had “bent over backwards” to make the combat occur with Showtime and PBC. De La Hoya has ceaselessly criticized PBC’s Haymon and Showtime for being “obstructionists” because it pertains to making fan-friendly fights. De La Hoya, nonetheless, nixed what would have been an alluring combat between his cost Jaime Munguia and WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, in a Showtime-televised combat, earlier this 12 months as a result of it didn’t contain DAZN’s participation.
Davis-Garcia, happily for followers, appears to have adopted a unique trajectory.
“It’s going to be a type of fights you gained’t wish to miss,” De La Hoya mentioned in an Instagram Dwell video. “Tremendous excited, man. Look, Golden Boy, myself, like, actually, I wish to carry the most effective fights to you, that’s it. That’s what we do finest, principally. Ryan wished this combat. Tank needs this combat, so we’ve come to phrases.
“We bent over backwards making every little thing occur, ensuring all people’s completely happy. All we have to do is signal on the dotted line. I’m completely happy that DAZN and Showtime are gonna work collectively to carry you guys this particular combat.”
“We’re shut,” De La Hoya added. “We’re ready for the contracts to be signed. That’s principally it. Each fighters need it, all of us agreed on every little thing. Like I mentioned, we’re extraordinarily proud, extraordinarily, extraordinarily proud to be bringing you this large combat.”
De La Hoya supplied a predictable encomium towards his cost, Garcia.
“Let’s speak about who we expect goes to win,” De La Hoya mentioned. “I’ve to go along with Ryan, clearly, as a result of he’s my Golden boy fighter. However not solely that, I believe that Ryan has the pace, energy, the mind, the ring generalship, he has that peak, he has that quick-twitch motion.
“It’s gonna be fascinating. It’s gonna be enjoyable to look at. It’s a type of fights whoever makes the primary mistake is gonna get caught and presumably get knocked out which is why you don’t wish to miss this combat.”