Ryan Garcia says Gervonta Davis and his team made him accept a lot of stipulations to make the fight happen.
Garcia and Davis are set to headline a pay-per-view fight on April 22 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a massive fight for boxing. Yet, to make the bout happen was easier said than done as Garcia claims he had to accept a lot of stipulations.
“During this whole journey I definitely put boxing first and the fans first, because I had to accept a lotta stipulations,” Garcia said Wednesday during a press conference at Palldium Times Square (h/t BoxingScene). “They know it. You know? Going down in weight, rehydration clause. I don’t wanna bring up too much, but those are the little things that I said to myself, ‘You know what? If I put myself first, I should say no.’ But my heart don’t let me. I got the character of a champion and my power comes from within and from above. No matter what weight I’m down to, no matter what I have to do, my strength comes from here [pointed to his heart]. I don’t look like I hit hard, but I do hit hard. The punches, they just come quick. But when they hit you, you’re just down.”
Ryan Garcia says he was fine with taking those stipulations as he just wanted to make this fight happen. He believes it was important for boxing to show other fighters making the biggest fights is possible.
“We really came together and conquered the poison that’s been stopping boxing from having the biggest fights,” Garcia said. “It wasn’t easy, but we found a way. This has been a fight that I’ve wanted for a very long time because, for me, to be a champion you have to beat the best. It’s not about the titles. It’s not about, you know, like I said the titles. It’s about who you beat. And for me, it’s a testimony for the respect I got for him as a fighter. To me, I believe he’s one of the best and I’ve had that type of mentality since I was a young kid, growing up in the amateurs. I never thought about the weight class. I only thought about who was in it, because I wanna be the best.”
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