Ryan Garcia Believes a Bout with Tank Davis is the Hottest Ticket in Town!
Say what you like about lightweight fighter Ryan “King Ry” Garcia (22-0, 18 KO’s), he is both popular and commands a great deal of attention. This is precisely why he believes that a match between himself and Regular WBA 135-pound champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (27-0, 25 KO’s) represent the biggest match in the sport.
Garcia, ranked #2 (WBC), #6 (WBA) and #10 (IBF), shared this belief while conducting an interview with Fight Hype. Even when directly asked, King Ry felt that Garcia versus Davis was bigger than Gennady Golovkin versus Canelo Alvarez and Errol Spence versus Terence Crawford.
“Yeah, it’s bigger than both! It’s just Tank combined with me, combined with the culture, there is just so much hype around it that even if it was not as big right now during the promotion, it would get so big that it’s like a wildfire. There would be no control over it! Our personalities combined, it’s just facts. It’s just going to wildfire, it’s going to blossom into something that we can’t contain.”
HOLD YOUR HORSES!
Many will find this to be a very curious statement. To begin, Ryan Garcia has yet to stage one pay-per-view event. Said to say, the confident Californian can’t even promise, or prove, that he is a draw on that type of stage. This is not the case for Davis whose last four straight prizefights have been pay-per-view events. Tank has proven his ability to draw fans even when they have to pay to play.
For his part, even worse, Garcia is still trying to prove to the fans that he’ll even show up on fight night! This is due to his penchant for selling more than he can deliver. So, it’s somewhat a reach to say he and Tank combined are the biggest ticket in town when he is still openly trying to patch up his reputation.
“After this fight, when I beat [Javier] Fortuna, I will go after Tank Davis and I’ve said it before, I will be very transparent during the negotiations on anything that we could share legally and to really prove that I am not here to lie! I am here to really make a statement by beating Tank Davis and moving forward. And whoever wins that fight will be the face of boxing after that; I truly believe that.”
Yet, with first things coming first, Garcia still has to get past his next challenge of Javier Fortuna. Assuming he does come out on top there, then he can busy himself proving he is the draw that he is with Tank Davis. Until then, let’s just keep those fingers crossed!
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By: Bakari Simpson