By Dane McGuire
In a rare event in boxing, the recent clash between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia had no belt on the line–but indeed, the world was watching.
PPV figures still remain an estimate at this point and the likes of Showtime remain tight-lipped, but the estimate is currently 1.2 million per multiple outlets.The live gate estimate is rumored to be $22.8 million. The announced attendance was 20, 842.
“Although I can’t formally confirm the final numbers at this point, it is clear that Gervonta versus Ryan delivered a memorable knockout in the ring and at the box office and reinforces Showtime as the No. 1 network in boxing,” Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said in a statement sent to Fight Freaks Unite.
“We knew this event was going to be special and that it had the potential to connect with an audience beyond the hardcore boxing fan. Tank and Ryan proved that when you match the best against the best, the sports world will turn out in support.”
Davis picked up a seventh-round finish of Garcia by way of a body shot that left Garcia on one knee.
“I’m definitely the face of boxing,” Davis said. “Abso-f******-lutely.”
“Everything about this was exciting. I was excited to be a part of this event. I remember coming up in the Golden Gloves and seeing Floyd fight at the MGM. It was crazy. I actually just saw Rihanna perform at the Super Bowl, and I thought that’s going to be me one day. And we’re here,” Davis said.
“The reality definitely matches the dream. But the job is never done until I retire so I’m going to keep my head down, stay humble and continue to work. Me predicting the 7th round KO was me just trying to get in his head. I really don’t know until I actually get in there with my opponent, but once I got in there with him I felt like skill-wise, it all matched.”
…“I thought he was going to get up,” Davis said and then described eye contact between the rivals. “I like to play mind games. When he looked at me, I looked at him like I was saying, ‘Get up.’ He shook his head, saying, ‘no.’”
Garcia is already hoping for a rematch, saying, ““Nothing like fighting one of the best!” he tweeted, adding: “Hopefully one day we can run it back!”
Garcia updated his fans in the aftermath of the contest, saying more in-depth:
“He just caught me with a good shot,” Garcia said. “I don’t want to make no excuses in here. He caught me with a good shot and I just couldn’t recover, and that’s it, that’s all I’ve got to say. … I’m not going to say nothing. I couldn’t breathe.”
“I think I should have pressured him a little harder near the ropes. I was giving him a little bit too much respect and I think that was my downfall. I think I gave him a little too much respect in the ring.”
Garcia then announced plans to drop to 140 pounds.