No matter who he fights or when he fights, former WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia sees a rivalry within WBA’s Regular champion Gervonta Davis. While any progress towards bringing the two 135 superstars inside the squared circle is a far cry despite being on the wishlist for many boxing fans, Garcia is never shy away from launching verbal heat towards “Tank”, but this time, Garcia is ready to split the fight purse equally to make the fight possible.
I’m probably more of a star than you, but you won’t admit it: Ryan Garcia to Gervonta Davis
Ryan Garcia, who recently parted ways with longtime trainer Eddy Reynoso and teamed up with Hall of Famer Joe Goossen as the new head trainer, is gearing up for a return to the ring this 9th April against former IBO lightweight champion Emmanuel Tagoe at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. However, “King Ryan” is yet to be featured on pay-per-view.
Davis, on the other hand, has been featured in PPV fights with his last one being against Issac Cruz on 5th December, as the undefeated three division world champion defended his WBA (Regular) lightweight title via a 12-round unanimous decision victory.
In a recent interview with Inside Boxing Live, Garcia said that Davis won’t be making any good PPVs until the one that is against him. Claiming the two as equally gargantuan names in the sport, Garcia even added that he would split the purse 50-50 in a fight.
“He can make a pay-per-view with someone else, but I guarantee it’s not going to do well. The only pay-per-view that’s going to do well is him and myself. At the end of the day you have to come up with a great deal that works for both of us. And, no, you’re not a bigger star than me, dude. Do not say that. I’m probably more of a star than you, but you won’t admit it, so I’ll suck my ego up and say 50-50,” said Garcia.
“To make that fight (Davis) I would definitely, on some stuff, suck it up,” the undefeated 23-year-old went on, “Like, s***, okay, we’ll give you that. I won’t be like [Marcos] Maidana and not be using the gloves that I want. He won’t make me do that…That type of stuff, no, he won’t get on me. 50-50. Even though I should probably deserve a little more. I will definitely take 50-50. That’s probably the lowest I’ll take.”
“When I tried to go back to the Tank fight, Tank said, ‘f— you,’ Alright, I get it. Like, I wasted some time on you guys. They weren’t trying to make a real deal, to be honest. They were just trying to test out the waters, seeing where we’re at, seeing if they could get more on me. They’re supposedly a bigger star – they’re not,” he added. [H/T Boxingscene.com]
- Ryan Garcia is willing to split the fight purse equally against Gervonta Davis but believes himself to be the bigger star
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