A much-anticipated blockbuster takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday evening, as Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia finally lock horns in a 12 rounder at a catchweight of 136 pounds.
SHOWTIME pay-per-view and DAZN pay-per-view televise Davis vs Garcia live.
This fight has been some time in the making, and the fans get to see two fighters at the peak of their powers.
Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) has grown in stature since becoming a world champion in 2017, stopping Jose Pedraza to win the IBF super featherweight title.
’Tank’ moved up in weight to claim the WBA belt at lightweight, halting Yuriorkis Gamboa in the final round in December 2019. A brief reign as WBA boss at super lightweight came in June 2021, where the 28-year-old stopped Mario Barrios in eleven, and he then dropped back to 135 pounds, defending his WBA gold three more times, the last a ninth round stoppage win against Hector Luis Garcia in January.
Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) represents one of the stiffest tests of the Baltimore man’s career. ‘King Ry’ explosively took the interim WBC lightweight belt in January 2021, coming off the deck to stop Luke Campbell in seven, but he then took a break of over a year from the sport, due to mental health struggles.
The 24-year-old returned with a points win against Emmanuel Tagoe last April, and his last outing came three months later, knocking out Javier Fortuna in six.
The undefeated pair agreed to a winner takes all bet on Instagram live earlier this week, although it is not clear if this has been officially placed into the contract.
Prediction: This should be an explosive contest, with both carrying power. I lean towards Davis by way of his regular, recent form, and I think he can overcome some hairy moments to take a late stoppage win.
Morrell meets Falcao
The undercard features a WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight title defence for David Morrell (8-0, 7 KOs), and the Cuban southpaw can take a stoppage win against Brazil’s Yamaguchi Falcao (24-1-1, 10 KOs).
Rosado-Melikuziev clash in rematch
The always value for money, Gabriel Rosado appears here having missed out on a showdown against Gilberto Ramirez, after the Mexican spectacularly missed weight.
The 37-year-old gets another tough test, but it’s a rematch against Bektemir Melikuziev who he stopped with a knockout of the year contender in June 2021.
A KO of the Year contender from @KingGabRosado 💥
Rewatch Melikuziev vs. Rosado on DAZN now 🎥
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 24, 2021
Prediction: Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs) is coming off three straight losses and the in-form Melikuziev (11-1, 9 KOs) can turn the tables with a late stoppage in their super middleweight contest set for ten.
In other ten rounders, Elijah Garcia (14-0, 12 KOs) can take a points win at middleweight against Kevin Salgado Zambrano (15-1-1, 10 KOs), and also at 160lbs, Fiodr Czerkaszyn (21-0, 13 KOs) can win inside schedule against Elias Espadas (22-5, 15 KOs).
Super welterweight prospect, Vito Mielnicki Jr (14-1, 9 KOs) should outscore Jose Sanchez Charles (20-3-1, 12 KOs), and at lightweight, Floyd Schofield (13-0, 10 KOs) can do the same against Jesus Valentin Leon (23-1-2, 19 KOs).
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In six round action, Lorenzo Simpson (12-0, 7 KOs) can remain unbeaten with a points win against Pachino Hill (8-1-1, 6 KOs) at middleweight, and light heavyweight prospect, Tristan Kalkreuth (9-1, 7 KOs) should stop Jaime Solorio (12-5-2, 9 KOs).
Jalil Major Hackett (5-0, 4 KOs) should stay undefeated by taking a points win over four at super welterweight against Jason Phillips (3-3-2), and at bantamweight, Cuttino Oliver (2-0, 1 KO) can score a stoppage against Roberto Cantu Pena (3-2, 3 KOs).