LOS ANGELES – Gervonta Davis walked into The Beverly Hilton for the second leg of his kickoff press tour to announce his April 22 fight against Ryan Garcia with gamesmanship top of mind.
Davis donned a decades-old T-shirt featuring the face of Garcia promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
“I can't tell you my source, man. You can't get this. You ain't going to see anybody else with this,” Davis told BoxingScene.com in an interview when he was asked how he attained the shirt.
Davis and De La Hoya kept it cordial toward one another during their public pleasantries, but the same can not be said for the featured headliners, who’ll be meeting in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena on Showtime pay-per-view.
“He's not ready. He's gassin' himself up. He's nervous. He's trying to act like someone he's not,” said Davis. “I know for sure that's not him. He's just trying to get hyped for his people. I see somebody that's pretending [when I look in his eyes]. I know when someone is pretending … The only dislike I have toward him is him pretending to be something he's not. As far as everything else, I don't dislike him. I don't know him. He's just a fighter.”
The 28-year-old Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) and the 24-year-old Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) will be meeting in a 136-pound catchweight bout.
Davis acknowledged that he forced Garcia to cater to his contractual demands. Chief among them was a rematch clause that can be exercised only if Davis loses, as well as a 10-pound rehydration limit for the next-day morning weigh-in.
The PPV event is also produced by Showtime, the network aligned with Davis and PBC.
“He's the one he pressed for the fight and kept calling my name out, and he got it,” said Davis. “It's definitely important for us because you have two young guys who are undefeated and fighting to put their '0' on the line. We're both hungry. It's definitely big for the sport. He's explosive. I'm explosive. It's going to be an early night [when I knock him out].”
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