All credit to Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia for standing their ground and ensuring they will fight in 2023

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 16: Ryan Garcia (second from right) poses with his team after defeating Javier Fortuna during their 12 round super lightweight bout at Arena on July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Sye Williams/Getty Images)

Ryan Garcia called out Gervonta Davis on July 16, insisting the fight go ahead. On Thursday it ended in a big win for boxing fans. (Photo by Sye Williams/Getty Images)

That doesn’t usually happen in 21st century boxing. When two fighters play at a high level for a period of time and are in the same weight class, we as fans hope they fight. And then we inevitably hear the litany of excuses as to why the fight can’t happen now, or won’t happen at all.

Boxing sucks that way, to be honest.

It’s either problems between the promoters or problems with the networks or this manager doesn’t like this promoter or something.

But it’s always something.

However, not now. Not this time. On Thursday came the unexpected good news that Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia have signed to compete in Las Vegas around April or May. The dislike between the parties was ignored. The problem with the transmitters has been solved.

They will fight sometime next year, although Davis won’t have a fight until January 7th.

But then Davis and Garcia will soon meet in a fight that will be produced and distributed by Showtime pay-per-view.

welterweights Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. were scheduled to fight on Saturdayexcept that you are not.

heavyweights Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk should have signed a contract by now fighting for the undisputed title. They haven’t, and who knows if they ever will. Instead, we got a ridiculous, meaningless third fight between Fury and Derek Chisora.

That That’s the way things usually go in boxing.

Give credit to all parties for overcoming the obstacles and giving the fans what they want, but save most of that love for the fighters. Without her this would not happen. The moment referee Jerry Cantu raised Garcia’s arm in victory on July 16 after Garcia stopped Javier Fortuna, he said he wanted to fight Davis.

He ran a relentless Twitter campaign to make it happen.

And it was done.

An old saying in boxing goes that if two fighters want to fight – really want to fight – the fight will go out. Well, Davis and Garcia both said publicly that they wanted it done and they wouldn’t take no for an answer. This announcement means that two of the sport’s elite fighters, who boast great strength, superb boxing skills and a large, diverse fan base, will meet in the center of the ring to determine who is the best and not allow that fans are arguing about it on social media.

Garcia promoter Oscar De La Hoya was frequently on the other side of such situations, and deals never materialized. He released a statement that was a little malicious but entirely appropriate given the situation.

“It’s high time those outside the ring stopped standing in the way of those who want nothing more than to get in the ring and fight,” he wrote.

Amen, Oscar. Amen.

It’s hard to understand why these fights are so difficult. Boxing pay-per-view sales are at an awful level. Reaching 100,000 sales is now cause for celebration, albeit a small one. In the US matchroom, too, ticket sales Sport made tickets for the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin so overpriced in September that they had to lower them several times. And even a few days before the fight, as they say in the live event business, there were still enough good seats available.

It’s strange that it seems necessary to say this, but here’s some advice for those who practice boxing: when the fans – your customers – tell you they want something, believe them. Act on it. Because if you give them what they want, they will come through and support the event.

The sport is thriving in many ways in 2022. There are so many great young fighters, interest in women’s football is growing rapidly and the level of talent is at a level perhaps not seen since the early 1990s or late 1980s.

It’s the business end where things get complicated. But the fighters are beginning to see their influence. Garcia insisted the fight be fought and it happened. Devin Haney twice took the tight end of the money and traveled across the world to fight George Kambosos for the lightweight title. Haney hasn’t said he’s a bigger draw, or a better ticket seller, or too good for kambosos, or any of those silly excuses we hear so often. He wanted the fight and he made it possible. And after winning and defending the undisputed title, he went on the offensive again, setting himself up for a fight with Vasiliy Lomachenko, which is expected to take place in early 2023.

There are many other examples.

But a boxing that gets the right fights on a regular basis and good fights fill undercards is a boxing that will recover from the self-inflicted wounds of the last 50 or 60 years. There is no sport quite like it when the top two fighters in the world, or at least the top two in a division, fight for all the marbles while at the peak of their careers.

The energy in the arena when that happens is something you have to experience once in a lifetime. The hairs on the back of your neck stand up and a tingling sensation runs through your body. Things are different when these types of fighters fight for the highest stakes.

Davis-Garcia or Garcia-Davis or whatever they’re going to call it is one of those kinds of fights. This is one of those fans who has consistently been knocked out and kicked in the stomach over the years just because they wanted to see the best and most exciting fights together.

Thanks to Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, and a whole bunch of people behind the scenes who didn’t let ego or pride get in the way, we’re going to get the big fight we so desperately wanted to see.

Today is one of those days when you have to proudly admit that you’re a boxing fan. Let’s hope this one makes Boffo numbers and brings about the positive changes this sport so desperately needs.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - MAY 28: Gervonta Davis celebrates after defeating Rolando Romero with a left hook in the sixth round during their bout for Davis' WBA World Lightweight Title at Barclays Center on May 28, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

An excited Gervonta Davis announced on Twitter that she will face Ryan Garcia next year. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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