Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia was announced as a “done deal” by the fighters last year, but despite the agreed terms, the contracts are still not finalized and the fight is now reported to be “in jeopardy”.
The pair agree on all financial aspects of their potential showdown, as well as the 136-pound weight, April 15 date and Las Vegas location.
They even agreed to a rematch clause in favor of Davis, which means he can force a second fight if Garcia wins the first.
However, there is now a dispute over who would stage this potential rematch, should it happen.
Davis is represented by Al Haymon’s PBC and its broadcaster is Showtime.
Garcia is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy and its broadcaster is DAZN.
For the proposed fight on April 15, Garcia’s team agreed to allow him to appear on a show hosted by Al Haymon’s PBC and aired by Showtime PPV, with the PPV also to be distributed via DAZN.
According to ESPN, if Garcia were to win and the rematch were to go ahead, his team believes it should be reversed to have the second fight hosted by them and aired on DAZN PPV.
It is claimed Davis’ team disagrees and is adamant that a potential rematch should still be hosted by them and remain on Showtime.
Garcia’s promoter De La Hoya told ESPN: “We’re literally at the one-yard line. What blocks everything is the revenge clause.
“It’s only fair if Ryan wins, then our team controls everything as the A side. That’s how it’s always been…
“It’s common sense that whoever wins is side A. That’s the bottom line. We’re not reinventing the wheel here.
De La Hoya continued, “Al Haymon dictates everything… They asked this, asked that – who comes out first, penalties if Ryan is overweight.
“We gave in, we negotiated and everything was very pleasant. If Ryan loses, of course, there will be no rematch.
“It was a nice negotiation, really. I really hope their team doesn’t miss the ball and we don’t have a Super Bowl…
“At Golden Boy, we only protect our TV partners. It’s only fair that everything is reversed if Ryan wins.