Gervonta Davis ended his Las Vegas contest with Ryan Garcia via a crippling seventh round body shot.
The fight saw both men enter the ring undefeated and in their prime – one of the many reasons that it has been billed as the biggest the sport will see this year. Despite Garcia’s confidence, he rushed in in the second round and was dropped, and from then on ‘Tank’ largely dominated.
Just after the halfway stage he went on the attack again, and again Davis would make him pay. A shot to he liver saw Garcia take a knee and unable to rise to beat the count, with some fans questioning his will but others recognising the pain.
Boxing Social has gathered some reactions from the sport’s biggest names.
Wow. Body shot to end the fight! #DavisGarcia 👊🏾💥 Congrats to Tank on a huge win. Ryan, hold ur head up. How u respond to a loss is more important than than how u response to a win.
— Lennox Lewis, CBE, CM (@LennoxLewis) April 23, 2023
Sharp performance 👌🏾
— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) April 23, 2023
Garcia got over confident
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) April 23, 2023
Spewed it! Yes they really hurt but you’ve gotta rise! Do it once and you’ll do it again!
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) April 23, 2023
Garcia didn’t quit. He tried to ride out the body shot & his body gave way. Could tell from when his body lifted up that he was done, 5 seconds before he went down
— Not Sunny Edwards (@SunnyEdwards) April 23, 2023
Fear will stop a man from doing almost anything….. I’ll explain tomorrow
— ShowtimeShawn Porter (@ShowtimeShawnP) April 23, 2023
I don’t think anyone here thought it was gonna end there but Garcia couldn’t get up from a body shot. Injured rib? Garcia was hanging tough but as usual Tank took his time, downloaded the data and pounced. Fun fight.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 23, 2023
How many times have I said “put water in the basement”, and Davis certainly did that, it was a flood! #DavisGarcia
— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) April 23, 2023
I told y’all Ryan was gonna win!
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 23, 2023
Tank wastes absolutely nothing. I didn’t even see the body shot ⚡️
— Sam Jones (@mrsamjones88) April 23, 2023