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Here’s where we’re at. Two of the televised undercard fights are in the books with one left before the main event. Bektemir Melikuziev just won a wide 10-round decision over the faded Gabriel Rosado in their super middleweight bout following Elijah Garcia’s narrow points win over Kevin Salgado Zambrano in the opener.
Next up: David Morrell and Sena Agbeko will face off in a 12-round matchup for Morrell’s secondary belt at 168lbs. Then Davis and Garcia will make their ringwalks.
Call it boxing’s first Gen-Z megafight, borne from a protracted feud that’s largely unfolded on social media over two years and leaning into a future where followers are listed on the tale of the tape alongside height, weight and reach.
But it’s also a credible throwback to a time when the best went across the street to fight the best regardless of promotional affiliation, rather than handpicking inferior opponents to inflate their win-loss ledger. And its significance only redoubles with the once-rosy prospects of a heavyweight unification blockbuster between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk diminishing by the day and the even longer-awaited pound-for-pound showdown between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr withering on the vine.
Written by Bryan Armen Graham in Las Vegas
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2023/apr/22/gervonta-davis-v-ryan-garcia-live-boxing-fight under the title “Gervonta Davis v Ryan Garcia: 12-round catchweight fight – live”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.