Gervonta Davis silenced Ryan Garcia with a devastating body shot in the seventh round of their 136-pound catchweight clash that drew 20,842 fans to T-Mobile Arena and likely broke the pay per view record for 2023. The blow from Davis seemed harmless at first but it forced Garcia to kneel and he failed to beat the count of ten. A brilliant conclusion to a non-title bout between two young and popular stars that lived up to the hype it generated.
It was a shocking and conclusive ending that left the crowd and the celebrities in attendance stunned by the power of the Baltimore fighter.
Garcia came out fast and put pressure on Davis from the start. After a feeling-out round, Garcia started to unleash power shots in the second with many hooks getting past Davis’ guard. But Davis was unfazed and stayed calm until he landed a crisp counter left hand that dropped Garcia.
From then on, Garcia’s aggression was reduced and every Davis feint made “King Ryan” flinch. Davis’ punch output was low as he looked for the perfect shot. But that gave Garcia a chance to slowly get back into the fight in the middle rounds. Eventually, Garcia regained his groove and that’s exactly what Davis wanted.
In round six, the 24-year-old Garcia showed his confidence and threw more hooks and jabs. It was clear that Davis was waiting for Garcia to open up but he needed him to feel comfortable with his offense. Davis started to target the body and in the seventh round they paid off.
In round 7, Davis delivered a powerful left hook to Garcia’s ribs, causing him to retreat and kneel in pain. The referee counted to ten as Garcia grimaced on the canvas, unable to beat the count.
It was a stunning knockout victory for Davis (29-0), who claimed his 27th stoppage and announced himself as the new star of boxing. Garcia (23-1) suffered his first defeat as a professional and will likely move up to the super lightweight division, where he has no rematch clause with Davis.