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if something was done evident on Thursday at the legendary Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles is that Ryan García and Gervonta Davis know how to entertain. If the two fighters’ interactions during their encounter with the Los Angeles reporters are any indication, then the April 22 fight has to be a lot of fun to say the least.
Garcia and Davis they confronted each other, slapped each other, shouted and made fun of each other. On the same stage where Canelo Álvarez and Caleb Plant came to blows a couple of years ago, the two young boxing stars knew how to contain themselves, although they showed that humility is not exactly their greatest virtue.
“Whoever wins will be on top. Whoever wins will be the new face of boxing,” Garcia said.
“I feel like I’m already number one in this sport,” Davis said.
A day after they faced each other in New York after a delay by Davis that upset Garcia and the press, they appeared on a terrace of the famous Beverly Hills hotel and immediately raised the temperature. A slap almost causes the mess.
Davis, 28 years old and with a 28-0 mark (26 KOs), arrived wearing a T-shirt with the retro image of Oscar de la Hoya, who is Garcia’s promoter. The Baltimore man known as “Tank” said it was not a mind game.
But perhaps Davis’s real mind game was his insistence to Garcia that the only good thing he has as a boxer is his left hook. “What else do you have?, what else do you have?, what else?” He told her over and over again.
García, 24 years old and also with a perfect mark (24-0, 19 KO), did not seem to get too hooked and at some point he answered with an open microphone: “When I hit you with that left hook you’re going to be on the canvas. Asleep. Good night”. He jokingly added that Davis would wake up in a hospital – after being knocked out – asking what else Garcia had besides his hook.
“KingRy” looks well placed two years away from difficult and dark times in which he felt tormented. After overcoming them with the help of therapy – and boxing – he paved the way for the megafight with Davis.
In another sequence that you don’t see very often at a boxing press conference, Davis got up from his seat while Garcia was on his turn in front of the microphone and brought his fist close to him. of his powerful left hand near the jaw. A rude gesture that did not intimidate his opponent.
“I’m going to drown you”: the threat of Gervonta Davis
“Tank” Davis said that he is the more complete boxer of the two and there seems to be no doubt about that, but in passing he issued a threat that included Garcia’s promoters and trainer: “Whenever it’s April 22, I’m going to take you into deep waters and I’m going to drown you.. They’re going to have to go pick you up: Bernard [Hopkins]Oscar [de la Hoya] and Joe Goosen are going to have to lift you up. I promise you”.
Garcia had fun, talked and danced in front of his rival, but after all he showed respect for Davis: “I’m not here to lie, he’s ready to fight, he wants to put everything in, he doesn’t look scared, but I’m also ready to fight . We both have fire in our eyes.”
De La Hoya, who managed to sign this lawsuit after many months of insisting, put into perspective the kind of fight to expect on April 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“The winner is going to be the face of boxing, and That is the beauty of this fight: that both have their star, both are undefeated, both are young”De La Hoya commented.
“You don’t see that in boxing anymore today. Sometimes one is older… or has five or six lost fights. This fight is so important to boxing because it’s going to show the youth, and old people like us too, that these fights can be put together and that this is what boxing is all about. The ultimate boxing.”
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