The highly anticipated match between the two undefeated boxers, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia, took place last weekend in Las Vegas and delivered a thrilling performance. With both fighters predicted to have illustrious careers in the sport, it was the 28-year-old from Baltimore, Gervonta Davis, who emerged as the victor with a knockout in the seventh round.
A Knockout Victory for Gervonta Davis
Davis lived up to his status as the favorite, delivering a powerful blow to Garcia's liver that proved to be the decisive factor in the match. Despite the 24-year-old's valiant efforts, he was unable to recover from the hit and admitted defeat to Davis.
The Baltimore native continues to make a name for himself as one of the top fighters in the game, while Garcia still has room for growth and improvement.
Record-Breaking PPV Sales
The match between Davis and Garcia generated much excitement and speculation, with many wondering if it would surpass the one million Pay-per-view (PPV) mark, despite the high cost of $85 per stream.
The projections ranged from 450,000 to 750,000 streams, but the actual numbers far exceeded expectations. Data from BoxingScene.com showed that the match sold a staggering 1.2 million PPVs, a remarkable achievement in an age where piracy and illegal streams have significantly impacted these numbers.
Ticket sales for the match held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas were just as impressive, with 20,842 tickets sold and a total revenue of $22.8 million from ticket sales alone. This places the match as the fifth highest-grossing boxing event in Las Vegas, behind the likes of Floyd Mayweather vs.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor.
A Bright Future Ahead
While Davis and Garcia have not yet reached the level of success as Mayweather and Pacquiao, it is not out of the realm of possibility for them to do so in the future.
Both fighters have many years of professional careers ahead of them and possess the potential to become household names in the sport of boxing. This was echoed by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya in a January interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, where he stated: "We’re all working together to blow this one out of the water.
We want to make sure that this event is here because it’s such a special fight, we want to make sure that this fight does 2, 2.5, or 3 million homes. This is that type of event. Realistically, close to 2.5."