Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia is the first step in Davis’ retirement plan. Davis is set to move into a role behind the scenes after proving his legacy against Garcia, Shakur Stevenson and Devin Haney.
Davis vs. Garcia eluded fans for a long time due to fight booking policies between various promotions and broadcast rights holders. Davis and Garcia deserve huge credit forLooking forward to seeing you in early 2023. The Tank recognizes Garcia’s commitment to wrestling and sees their clash as the gateway to more fights between the sport’s top lightweights.
“He definitely wants to smoke,” Davis told CBS Sports and Morning Kombat host Luke Thomas. “I think it’s good for the sport. I think it’s definitely good for the sport because we’re both in our prime. He is hungry. Of course I’m hungry. I feel like this is the beginning.
“I think this is the start of the top 135 fighters fighting each other. This is the spark for it. Deals can be made.”
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Davis, 28, considers the Garcia fight his first in a three-stop program before retiring. Davis plans to build on his legacy against Stevenson and Haney before moving on to a role where he can help the next generation of boxers reach their potential.
“I think it opened doors. I’m not going to lie. I don’t really try to be in it for too long. So this is the answer right here for you,” Davis said. “Once I get these guys out of there, I’m leaving.
“I want to help the people who follow me. I feel it is more important. The future… This is what is instilled in me. People here lack loyalty. to help someone, help them. For the right reasons.”