Gervonta Davis refuses to demand Ryan Garcia’s “winner takes all” bet saying: “He can take the money”

Initially, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia reached an agreement that the victor of their fight would receive the earnings of the other fighter. However, Davis had a change of heart after emerging as the winner.

This past weekend in Las Vegas, there was a rare event in the world of boxing where two of the top fighters in their prime faced off against each other.

Throughout history, boxers have tended to avoid facing other greats while they are still in their prime and only agree to fights once both fighters have declined.

However, Ryan Garcia has been actively seeking a match with Gervonta “Tank” Davis for several years. Last year, Garcia announced that he not only wanted to fight Davis, but he would also allow Davis to dictate the terms of the match.

During an Instagram Live session with Kai Cent, both fighters agreed to a winner-takes-all bet, whereby they would bet their entire prize money, which may have seemed like a good idea at the time.

However, during their ESPN promotional appearance for the fight, the re-hydration clause appeared to take a toll on Garcia.

Ryan Garcia suffers a knockdown

The clause restricted both fighters from weighing more than 10 lbs over the 136 lb catch weight, which wasn’t an issue for the smaller Davis but proved to be challenging for Garcia.

Ryan had to shed a considerable amount of weight for the weigh-in and was unable to replenish or nourish himself afterward due to the clause.

During the interview with both fighters, Tank mocked Ryan for looking exhausted from not being able to eat, even pointing out that Ryan didn’t have enough energy to feign his signature enthusiasm.

Ryan Garcia gets to keep the money 

Gervonta emerged victorious in the end, landing a brutal body shot on Ryan that caused his nose to bleed and made him drop to his knees, resembling a worshipper in church.

Ryan Garcia suffers a knockdown

Ryan remained on the canvas until the referee counted to ten. Nonetheless, at the post-fight press conference, Garcia remained silent about giving his fight purse to Tank, implying that he intended to keep it.

Davis, on the other hand, announced during the press conference that he would let Ryan keep his prize money, even though they had made a bet beforehand.

“Nah, he can keep the money. He can take the money; he can take it,”

Fighters should avoid making winner-takes-all purse bets in the future as it has become an overused tactic, and fans are no longer impressed by these gimmicks.

Ryan Garcia
Adrien Broner picks Gervonta Davis as his winner against Ryan Garcia

If fighters are unable to devise innovative ways to generate excitement for their fights, they should consider enlisting the services of a competent PR team.

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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