Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis was fashionably late for his press conference promoting the fight against Ryan Garcia.
We have finally arrived at the point where Showtime Boxing has officially announced the super fight between Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (28-0) & Ryan Garcia (23-0). The press conference, which was part of a two-stop promotional tour, was held in Times Square, NYC. It was scheduled for 12:30 pm ET, and although Garcia was there from the start, ‘Tank’ was at his hotel room, making those in attendance await his arrival, which was delayed by over two hours. The filler time was used to interview Garcia, Coach Calvin Ford, Joe Goosen, and the Head of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza.
When Davis finally arrived, the press conference started, and it was filled with everyone “playing nice” as compliments went back and forth from both teams. Davis wore a NY Yankee fitted hat with a very nice purple & pink mink coat with Oakley shades, while Garcia wore a black goose-down jacket. The presser took a slight turn when the President of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, decided to take a jab at Oscar De la Hoya by saying “if it was up to your promoter, this fight would’ve never happened.” Clearly, that added to the spice level of the event. Shortly after, when both fighters spoke, the tardiness of Davis and the lack of professionalism associated with it was brought up by Garcia.
GERVONTA ‘TANK’ DAVIS VS. RYAN GARCIA WILL STREAM LIVE ON SHOWTIME & DAZN PPV, APRIL 15
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) March 8, 2023
Both fighters were cool, calm, and collected as they spoke about the significance of the fight and being the role model for others to follow when it comes to facing each other at your peak and not past your prime, as we have seen with other fighters. When the press conference was officially over, and the two fighters met for the faceoff, that’s when things got really heated.
Davis and Garcia were inches away from each other and kept talking trash to each other for a good five minutes. When Garcia turned to take the pictures for the media, Davis kept talking in his ear, and Garcia would turn back around and exchange more pleasantries. This kept going as Ellerbe was in the background, ensuring it didn’t turn into something else. You could quietly hear Davis telling Garcia, “I’m going to knock you out.”
I love this fight and have been saying for years (check the receipts) that this is the biggest fight in boxing. The world will be tuned into this fight, and you won’t find a celebrity in the game that won’t try to be at that event in Las Vegas on April 22. Will it be Garcia with his speed winning the fight, or will ‘Tank’ run him over with his power? Ladies and Gentlemen, we officially have a fight. Tickets go on sale Friday, and if you are not going to be in attendance, you can watch the fight on Showtime PPV & DAZN PPV.