Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia Fight Prediction, Odds, Preview, Undercard, Expert Picks, Showtime Boxing
The sport of boxing can prove frustrating because it is so risk-averse, much to the dismay of fans who are clamoring for the biggest showdowns possible, so bouts like Saturday’s clash between young superstars Ryan Garcia and Gervonta “Tank” Davis are a rarity . But it’s thanks to both men that they forced the issue to make the fight, overcoming significant hurdles in politics that usually derail such contests. The two will take to the air on Saturday night Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV.
The fight features Davis’ tremendous technical ability and brutal knockout power combined with Garcia’s long range and breathtaking hand speed. It’s a huge risk for either man to face a bitter rival while they’re relatively early in their careers, but those risks can pay off by raising the profile of both men.
“All he talks about is that one punch. I only need one too. I touch that jaw and I tell you, you will sleep. I’ll probably break your jaw,” Davis said at the closing press conference. “We are here. Enough talking. I’m ready to get down and dirty. I’m from Baltimore City and you’ll see us shoot it next Saturday. Until then.
“He will make me feel safe. I am what I say I am. i am that guy I didn’t come all this way here for nothing I’ll see for sure Saturday night.”
CBS Sports will also have live coverage of the fight with round scoring and blow-by-blow updates to keep you connected throughout the night.
And Davis and Garcia are already among the sport’s most popular fighters, having built a following through both in-ring appearances and strong social media presences. All of these factors combine to create an intriguing match that will draw significantly more attention than almost any other possible match in the sport.
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“Everything catches up to you. Everything comes to a standstill for you on Saturday night. You’re going to learn the hard way,” Garcia said. “What an honor to be here. This is a dream come true. I see my face on the big screens of MGM and it’s been a dream of mine since I was a little boy. I am very happy and excited. I really don’t have much to say, I’m just staying focused and preparing. I know there is a big task ahead of us, but I will emerge victorious.”
The undercard in Las Vegas is packed with interesting matchups before we get to the main event. Secondary WBA Super Middleweight Champion David Morrell is back in action when he faces late substitute Yamaguchi Falcao in the co-main event. Morrell is hoping to earn his shot at Canelo Alvarez and the undisputed 168lb crown if he keeps winning.
“That is so exciting. I am excited about the opportunity and want to thank my entire team. It means a lot to me,” Morrell said. “I want a big name in my next fight so this is the perfect fight and stage for me to prepare to face the best in the division. 100% I’m trying to send a message to David Benavidez. I want him to know that I’m ready. I’ve told everyone I’m ready for the best fighters at 168 pounds.”
With so much happening on Saturday night, let’s take a closer look at the full fight map with the latest Caesars Sportsbook odds before we get to our staff’s predictions and tips for the PPV portion of the celebrations.
Davis vs. Garcia fight card, odds
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook
- Gervonta “Tank” Davis -240 vs. Ryan Garcia +200, super light
- David Morrell (c) -2000 vs. Yamaguchi Falcao +1000, WBA “regular” super middleweight title
- Bektemir Melikuziev -1400 vs. Gabriel Rosado +800, super middleweight
- Elija Garcia -1400 vs. Kevin Zambrano +800, Middleweight
With such a massive main event, the CBS Sports crew moved on with main card predictions and tips. Here are your favorites: Brent Brookhouse (martial arts writer), Brian Campbell (martial arts writer, co-host of “Morning Kombat”), and Shakiel Mahjouri (author).
Davis vs. Garcia tips, predictions
Campbell: Garcia’s speed and length should give Davis a break early enough and give “King” Ryan a chance to put an early lead through boxing. But few boxers today are better at patiently collecting data than Davis before systematically taking down their opponents late. While it’s hard to tell if Garcia’s whisper of a suspicious chin is true, Davis is too accurate and powerful not to make him pay late for any key mistakes. Unless Garcia risks everything and aims for an early knockout, a late stoppage seems inevitable for the more experienced and versatile Davis. Davis on KO9
Brookhouse: Davis is a great fighter and his strength is nearly unrivaled on a pound-for-pound scale. However, he finds himself passive early in fights, allowing men like Rolly Romero to take early rounds despite Davis being the better boxer in those fights. Garcia is a better fighter than Romero, he’s a better technician, he’s a longer fighter and he has breathtaking speed. Yes, we can attribute Davis’ history of slow starts to the old “downloading data” cliché, but giving away rounds in a fight like this is a very dangerous game – think Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez. It’s true that Garcia has shown defensive issues at times, but it’s also true that the knockdown against Luke Campbell has been exaggerated into a narrative that Garcia has problems with his chin. Go back and watch this moment. Campbell cracked Garcia with as clean a left hook as you can land, and Garcia was on his feet before the ref had even started counting, instantly on steady feet and clear-eyed – and he was the first man to power Shots threw as the fight resumed. It was a shocking moment, but not a moment where Garcia’s chin was bared. I’m assuming this fight will see Garcia win early rounds with jab and left hook, both of which are also used on Davis’ body. This bodywork will play out as the fight progresses and somewhat limit Davis’ potential explosions. Garcia might hit the canvas, but if he manages to bounce back I think he’ll do enough to force a close decision, possibly with a judge seeing the fight for Davis. Garcia by split decision
mahjouri: Pay close attention as the battle nears the center. Round 6 is the clue as to when Davis will begin to take firm control. Garcia has enough tools to make the first half of the fight very competitive: length, speed, and KO power that are underestimated when measured against a fighter of Davis’ caliber. “Tank” is often slow to get rolling, and Garcia can rack up turns by leaning on his size advantage. It’s Davis’ defensive strengths that will see him late into the fight, where he’ll capitalize on his opponent’s reads and mistakes. Garcia’s fight with Luke Campbell revealed Garcia’s tendency to stand erect with his chin wide open. If Garcia isn’t perfect, “Tank” will eventually find his way into range and land a one-hit bazooka. Unfortunately nobody is perfect. Davis on KO8
Way: The fight has been analyzed from every angle, but everything that goes out the window once that opening bell rings. The biggest worry for Davis is if he takes too long looking for the perfect opening. He showed that against Rolando Romero, but he knew that one punch could change the fight. Garcia is a completely different animal that is much faster and longer than Romero. If Davis slowly comes out, Garcia could rack up rounds and start getting into “Tank’s” head. All the pressure is on Davis to deliver another spectacular moment, but it’s hard to bet he’ll do just that again. Expect this fight to go deeper than many anticipate, but Davis lately finds the right place to come out of Las Vegas with the win. Davis via TKO10
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