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Ryan Garcia's wish after his KO win: 'I'm going to fight Tank Davis'

pernando adikate / Jul 17, 2022
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Even though Ryan Garcia looked better than ever with a sixth-round KO of Javier Fortuna on Saturday in Los Angeles, it feels like we're moving farther away from a super fight against Gervonta Davis.

The impressive performance -- knockdowns in Rounds 4, 5 and 6 -- was Garcia's second consecutive fight at 140 pounds after he campaigned at 135, where Davis still resides. "Tank" Davis did compete at junior welterweight once, a June 2021 TKO of Mario Barrios, but the weight disparity feels like yet another wrench in the spokes of any efforts to consummate a Garcia-Davis deal. "I'm never going back down to 135, I'm going to stay at 140, I'm going to fight 'Tank' Davis if he wants it at 140," Garcia, 23, said. "And if he doesn't, then I'll go fight some 140-pounder. But he's going to want to do it ... there's going to be riots if he don't want to do it.

"I know that I'm committed to it and I told everybody that that's where my heart's positioned and I'm not going to waver for nobody."

It's clear that Garcia genuinely wants to meet Davis in the ring, but it's less certain how Davis feels about fighting a larger man at a higher weight -- Garcia is 5-foot-10, Davis is 5-foot-5 and a half.

Davis did tweet afterward that he was ready for the fight.

The weight is simply one of many obstacles to the highly anticipated fight. Garcia repeatedly stated this week that he wouldn't allow boxing politics -- he's promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions while Davis is with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) -- prevent a deal from being reached.

That is easier said than done.

So that's two obstacles to the potential super fight and the biggest roadblock of all: competing networks.

Garcia fights exclusively on DAZN, while "Tank" competes on Showtime. This same problem held up a potential middleweight title fight between Jermall Charlo and Jaime Munguia. Charlo is with PBC/Showtime, while Munguia is with Golden Boy/DAZN. The inability to agree on which network would televise that fight killed the deal.

And the same sticking point may block a fight between Davis and Garcia. The purse split will certainly provide yet another obstacle, although it's clear who the A-side is. After all, Davis sold out Brooklyn's Barclays Center for his May KO of Rolando Romero and packed over 15,000 into Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles when he outpointed Isaac Cruz in December.

Garcia, meanwhile, attracted 11,288 fans at that same L.A. venue on Saturday. But if the sides can somehow compromise on the various issues, Davis-Garcia shapes up as a can't-miss action fight between two of the youngest stars in the sport.


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