SHOWTIME SPORTS will provide live coverage of this week’s back-to-back press conference kick-offs from coast to coast featuring five-time, three-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and powerhouse sensation “King” Ryan Garcia as boxing stars square off for the first time to showcase their highly anticipated bouts that take place on Monday. Saturday, April 22nd, as they headline the live pay-per-view broadcast from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The couple will meet for the first time at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday in the Palladium Times Square before traveling across the country to meet with the press at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on Thursday.
Davis vs. Garcia is widely seen as a fight to become the next face of boxing, as the two undefeated and popular rivals bring passionate fan bases to what promises an exciting match for Styles in the ring.
The press conferences are hosted by SHOWTIME Boxing host and “The Last Stand” podcaster Brian Custer and will be broadcast live on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and Premier Boxing Champions YouTube channel.
Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell, hosts of the MORNING KOMBAT award-winning video broadcast, will host the live broadcast on Wednesday while Campbell and renowned combat sports journalist Ariel Helwani will host the live broadcast on Thursday. Links and embed codes are listed below.
It’s up! Superstars Ryan Garcia and Gervonta “Tank” Davis will finally face each other in Las Vegas on April 22.
The greatest rivalry of the modern boxing era will finally settle its points in early 2023 when Southern California superstar “King” Ryan Garcia faces off against Gervonta “Tank” Davis of Baltimore. Las Vegas, Nevada, the historic home of boxing’s greatest grudge matches, will host one of the most anticipated fights to date, as undefeated fighters put their perfect records on the line in a 12-round, 136-pound bout.
Like all of boxing’s great rivalries, including Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns, Arturo Gatti vs. Mickey Ward, to the latest Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. feud – King Ryan and Tank both shaved their heads. Others for years, each calling out to the other in a war of words as undefeated resumes and post-knockout records were built.
“This is the fight I want and this is the fight boxing needs. The hype, the stories, the two athletes that define their sport in and out of the ring,” Garcia said. I appreciate Tank for volunteering to get me into rhythm so I can work.”
Garcia has built an impressive resume across multiple weight classes, defeating Olympian Luke Campbell by seventh-round TKO for the interim WBC lightweight belt, and most recently defeating Javier Fortuna in sixth-round knockout in front of a star-studded crowd. at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles in July this year.
Since then, he has been determined to make his next bout the one boxing fans have wanted to see for years, against longtime rival, Davis. As other boxing matches collapse this fall, Garcia has become an outspoken advocate for player empowerment in the sport, arguing that negotiations between networks and promoters should not prevent fighters and fans from the encounters the sport deserves. Saying what fans and fighters have felt for years, Garcia’s fearless stance has earned him accolades across both the boxing community and the professional sports world.
Stephen Espinosa, President, Showtime Sports
“Tank Davis vs. Ryan Garcia is one of the biggest and most exciting fights that can be had in boxing. We have two very talented boxers, both in their prime, who have amassed huge fan bases, who met in a climactic fight. This is the epitome of a boxing crossover event. All credit to Tank and Ryan for staying the course and giving the fans the fight they want.
“SHOWTIME has delivered the three biggest pay-per-view events in television history, and we’re thrilled to add this landmark event to our list of culturally-influential matches.”
Oscar De La Hoya:
“The fans have been crystal clear that the fight they want is Ryan vs. Tank. Golden Boy Promotions and I are proud to lead the campaign to sign this fight and we’re excited to close the deal as quickly as possible. It’s time for those outside the ring to stop holding back those who want nothing More than getting in the ring and fighting. Our motto has always been for the fans to come first, and this is just another example of how we lead by example.”
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