Gervonta Davis Tweets Hearn $10 Million Offer For Garcia Fight
Multi-division world champion Gervonta Davis is one of the most talented but troubled out of the ring fighters there is in boxing. He also is known for wanting to stir things up on social media, as well. And, on Sunday he did that again, involving his tentative bout with Ryan Garcia that’s due to happen later in 2023.
Davis revealed on Twitter, and then shortly thereafter deleted it, that Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn wanted to lure him as a possible promotional free agent over to his organization and pay him to fight Ryan Garcia on the DAZN streaming platform.
British boxing journalist / reporter Michael Benson grabbed the tweet before Davis deleted it Sunday afternoon
Gervonta Davis revealing Eddie Hearn offered him a $10million guarantee (plus PPV bonuses) to do the Ryan Garcia fight with him on DAZN instead… pic.twitter.com/GGRfOxZeD3
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) December 4, 2022
As you can see above, Hearn is clearly communicating in what looks like a private email to Davis, (27-0, 25 KOs) and offering him a whopping $10 million dollar guarantee to fight Garcia if he would agree to come with Matchroom/DAZN. Hearn is also making reference to being in Cleveland prior to the Matchroom/DAZN Montana Love main event fight held there last month.
Eventually, Davis, Garcia, 23-0, 19 KOs, , Showtime and Golden Boy promotions all announced that the fighters will be meeting probably in April of next year with Showtime televising the bout. Davis had been hinting after his knockout win over Rolly Romero in late May that he was a promotional free agent. So, the Hearn apparent contact does make more sense on the timeline.
One of the other intriguing aspects of what Davis revealed is that Hearn being willing to generate that kind of massive guarantee to lure Davis, while it is highly unlikely that Davis got that kind of upfront guarantee offer from Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime.
How aggressive was $10 million offer?
The reason that it’s highly unlikely about Davis getting that kind of guarantee is that unified welterweight Champion Errol Spence, who’s another PBC fighter, admitted on social media last month while arguing back and forth with WBO champ Terence Crawford that neither one of them were being offered any guaranteed money for their proposed mega undisputed world welterweight championship fight.
Spence and Crawford could never get a deal made and they will each be fighting someone else.
Now, an argument can be made that Davis is a bigger box office and pay-per-view draw than Spence, but even still, it’s hard to fathom that Davis would get that much more of a significant upfront assurance from PBC and Showtime for a Garcia fight, as opposed to having to mostly accept what the pay-per-view might make him.
For now, Davis is slated to fight unbeaten rising lightweight Hector Luis Garcia with PBC/Showtime on January 7th on PPV. It’s likely that Garcia will fight around that time, as well before the two meet in their highly anticipated PPV likely in April.