After processing the Super Bowl surprise of Rihanna’s second pregnancy, boxing fans were shocked to see a video of Gervonta Davis being escorted from the stadium in a wheelchair.
In their article alongside the footage, TMZ reported that Davis had suffered an ankle injury that would endanger negotiations for his fight with Ryan Garcia, pencilled for April 15 in Las Vegas.
The fighter has since refuted that, first by posting a video of him rolling both ankles, and now by confirming to ES News that he was just tired, and the the wheelchair was to save him walking – something he hates to do.
“My ankle’s good. They got it all wrong talking about my ankle’s messed up. I just was tired. Well, tired of walking. I hate to walk. I’d rather run than walk.”
The update, whilst strange, does bode well for the fans that still have hope Davis and Garcia will make good on their original announcements to face one another in the ring.
Recent updates suggest that a one-sided rematch clause on ‘Tank’s side have been a particular sticking point, with Garcia’s team agreeing but insisting that they would have promotional and broadcast rights.
Still, the updates from both camps have been positive since then, assuring fans that they are all moving towards a resolution and dismissing claims that either fighter is lining up other opponents.
The fight – to be set at a catchweight of 136lb – would be a mega event in the sporting world.
Both are undefeated and their records are laden with knockouts. Add to that their star power and beef outside the ring, and it makes the fight one of the biggest the sport can offer.