The biggest Las Vegas venue is at least a possible site for a huge boxing event headed to the “fight capital of the world.”
BoxingScene.com has learned that Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and his company’s promotional partners will explore the viability of bringing the Gervonta Davis-Ryan Garcia fight to Allegiant Stadium once their contracts are finalized. The home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders hasn’t hosted a boxing show since it opened in 2020, but it could accommodate more than 70,000 fans for fights.
The other two venues that could host the Davis-Garcia card, which is targeted to take place April 15, are T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand Garden Arena.
High-profile fights are regularly brought to those two arenas in Las Vegas, but both hold far fewer fans than Allegiant Stadium. T-Mobile Arena’s capacity for boxing is slightly more than 22,000, whereas MGM Grand Garden Arena can hold almost 17,000 at its fullest.
A site won’t be solidified for Davis-Garcia until their deal for this Showtime Pay-Per-View main event is completed.
That hadn’t happened as of Wednesday morning, but representatives for Davis and Garcia have exchanged revised versions of their contracts and there aren’t any issues that are expected to prevent them from fighting next. An official announcement could come as soon as next week, barring any unforeseen snags.
Assuming it happens, the 12-round, 136-pound bout between Baltimore’s Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) and Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs), of Victorville, California, could stand as the biggest boxing match in the United States in 2023.
Davis, 28, has developed into one of boxing’s biggest draws in the U.S. and has sold out various arenas throughout the country.
The left-handed knockout artist’s most recent fight – a ninth-round technical knockout of previously undefeated Hector Luis Garcia on January 7 – attracted a capacity crowd of 19,731 to Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. That card generated more than $5 million in ticket sales.
Davis’ first pay-per-view main event – a sixth-round knockout of Leo Santa Cruz in October 2020 – was held at an indoor venue comparable in size to Allegiant Stadium. Alamodome in San Antonio can hold nearly 70,000 for boxing, but COVID-19 restrictions at that time limited the socially distanced crowd for the Davis-Santa Cruz card to an announced 9,024.
Garcia, 24, also has a substantial fan base and should help Davis shatter his most successful pay-per-view performance to date.
Davis’ sixth-round knockout of rival Rolly Romero last May 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn reportedly generated a little less than 250,000 buys. That stands as Davis’ highest total out of the five pay-per-view shows he has headlined since October 2020.
Garcia will compete in a pay-per-view main event for the first time.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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