Gervonta Davis announces April 22 fight with Ryan Garcia, gets sued for alleged parking lot punch in same week
We're at the point where Gervonta Davis is nearly as prolific in legal battles as he is in the boxing ring, and that rang more than true this week.
The rising star announced a long-awaited fight with rival Ryan Garcia on Friday, with the event to take place April 22 in Las Vegas. The bout will be the biggest of both undefeated boxers' careers and will reportedly be fought at a 136-pound catchweight.
April 22, 2023
It’s on! #DavisGarcia GOOOOO
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) February 24, 2023
Per ESPN, the fight was initially scheduled for April 15 but was pushed back a week as negotiations over a joint PPV agreement between Showtime and DAZN lingered.
The announcement comes just a week after Davis pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors stemming from a hit-and-run incident that left four people injured, including a pregnant woman. His sentencing hearing, in which there is no deal for a predetermined penalty, is scheduled for May 5, two weeks after the Garcia fight.
That's not all for Davis, though, as the New York Post reported less than a half-hour after the announcement that he was sued this week for allegedly punching a parking lot attendant on March 8, 2022.
According to the lawsuit as reported, attendant Arturo Jimenez claims he was getting another car out when Davis arrived at his lot to collect his Cadillac Escalade. Not knowing that Davis had asked another employee for the Escalade, Jimenez alleges that Davis requested his car keys, then said, "Stop f***ing playing with me" before punching him in the chest.
Another worker reportedly pulled Jimenez into an office while Davis continued "yelling and cursing" with demands for his keys while refusing to pay the parking fee. When he finally paid and left with his car, Jimenez alleges that he was left with "multiple bodily injuries" and filed a police report the next day.
The lawsuit reportedly does not specify damages.
Gervonta Davis' other legal issues
Davis' legal issues go beyond the hit-and-run and parking attendant's allegations, as he was also arraigned Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, over a misdemeanor domestic violence charge of battery causing bodily harm. Per ESPN, he pleaded not guilty over the incident in which he allegedly hit the mother of his child with a "closed-hand-type slap" on Dec. 27.
The woman in that incident, who said on a 911 call that Davis was going to kill her, has requested the charges be dismissed, but his next court date will reportedly be March 31.
There were other reported incidents in 2017, 2018 and 2020 that ended with charges being dropped or an unclear resolution.