Gervonta Davis is prepared to fight Covid-19 just to have fans in attendance for his two-weight title clash with Leo Santa Cruz at the Alamodome in San Antonio on October 31.
In a twist of boxing rules and common sense, Davis and Santa Cruz will be competing for WBA titles at 130lbs (Super) and 135lbs (Regular), but that doesn’t detract from the quality of the fight.
Several thousand, socially distanced fans will be present at the Alamodome with the bout broadcast on Showtime Pay-Per-View in the US. It will be the first fight to take place in the US with fans in attendance, but Baltimore banger Davis believes it is a risk worth taking.
“I’m just only speaking for me as a fighter – I’m okay with getting sick to please the fans,” Davis told TMZ Sports. “If I got sick and I find out that night, I’d be okay with it just knowing that I put on a great show. I did it in front of the fans. I did it for a cause.
“If I got to take that hit, then you know I’ll quarantine by myself, just knowing that I did it for the fans, and I did something great for the sport. I’m not saying I want that to happen but if that was to happen, I’m okay with taking that lick on the chin. Take that 14 days and stay healthy.”
Davis also expressed an interest in fighting rising star Ryan Garcia if the Californian defeats Luke Campbell for the WBC interim title at 135lbs on December 5.
“Me and Ryan could definitely happen next if both parties get on the same page and make the fight happen,” added Davis (23-0, 22 KOs).