Gervonta Davis stops Ryan Garcia with body punch in Round 7

Gervonta Davis stops Ryan Garcia with body punch in Round 7

Gervonta Davis stops Ryan Garcia in 7th round for KO victory (1:51)

Gervonta Davis stops Ryan Garcia with a precisely placed body shot in the seventh round of their fight. (1:51)

Apr 22, 2023

  • Mike Coppinger

  • Ben Baby


    Ben Baby

    ESPN Staff Writer

    • ESPN Staff Writer
    • Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News
    • University of North Texas graduate

LAS VEGAS — Ryan Garcia took a beat, then dropped to one knee, the delayed effect of a stinging liver shot from Gervonta “Tank” Davis that floored Garcia for the second time in their super fight on Saturday, and this time, he didn’t beat the count.

The referee reached the count of 10 at 1:44 of Round 7 before 20,842 at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena, an anticlimactic but conclusive finish to boxing’s most-anticipated matchup in years.

“I couldn’t breathe,” said Garcia, 24. “I was going to get back up, but I just couldn’t get up. … He just caught me with a good shot – I don’t want to make no excuses in here – … and I just couldn’t recover. … He caught me with a good body shot, snuck under me and caught me good.”

And with that single left hand, Davis cemented himself as one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best fighters, if not one of the sport’s singular biggest stars in a 136-pound catchweight fight that was preceded by months of trash talk and hype.

“I am the face of boxing,” Davis said afterward.

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