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Ryan Garcia wants Tank Davis for his next fight

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By Kenneth Friedman: Ryan Garcia was disappointed at losing out on the Jorge Linares fight for July 4, but now he’s set his sights on facing Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis. That’s the guy that unbeaten Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) wishes to take on next if possible.

That’s not a fight that Golden Boy Promotions will probably make for Ryan when he returns to the ring in August or September. The unbeaten lightweight contender King Ryan will be back in action in the summer, and he would like to fight a “credible” opponent and not a power puff guy.

Golden Boy picks out Ryan’s fights for him, and that puts him in a position where he may not get the type f opponent that he wants. Recently, Ryan and Golden Boy boss Oscar De La Hoya had a brief heated exchange on Twitter after Ryan had turned down an offer to fight on July 4.

It wasn’t a big enough offer to suit Ryan, so Golden Boy canceled the date. De La Hoya then let his followers know on his Twitter account that Ryan Garcia had turned down his offer. That move by De La Hoya gave the appearance that he was trying to marginalize Ryan.

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Ryan Garcia wants a credible opponent

“I’m trying to make a fight happen, but I’m trying to fight someone that really credible,” said Ryan Garcia on social media. “I’m trying to come back against a big opponent. I want the Gervonta Davis’, the Devin Haney’s, so I’m working on those kinds of things.

“If I had it my way, I would have wanted to come back against Linares, but it didn’t happen. So now I want Gervonta Davis. That’s who I really want, and I think everyone will go crazy for that fight.

“That’s a huge fight, but we’ve got to try and make it happen. We’re working day in day out to try and get them made, but there’s a little bit of complications, but they can get made,” said Ryan.

Golden Boy will need to look hard for them to find someone that Ryan won’t mind fighting in August or September. Linares is no longer an option for him because he’s now scheduled to face Javier Fortuna.

WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney and Luke Campbell could be fighting soon. If not for that, Campbell would be a good option for Ryan Garcia.

These would be good choices for Ryan’s next fight:

  • Robert Easter Jr
  • Yvan Mendy
  • Terry Flanagan
  • Yuriorkis Gamboa
  • Richard Commey

Ryan Garcia putting De La Hoya feud behind him

“You’ve got to call a spade a spade,” said King Ryan. “He does sound like a hater. I already wrote that. No, not really,” said Ryan Garcia in talking about Oscar De La Hoya when asked if he’d spoken to him since they traded words on social media.

“I’m just trying to get a fight. I don’t even care about that drama no more. That is so behind me now. I’m just trying to make that fight. And I’m not trying to get in no Twitter beef with Oscar De La Hoya.

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“I’m trying to fight. That’s all I want to do. People may have their own opinions on me, but I definitely love boxing. I’m in a position where the public is demanding that I fight people, and I’m 21 and not even a world champion.

“I’m fine with that because I know I have it in me. I have the speed, power, and talent. It’s not like I’m barely beating these guys that I’m supposed to beat. I’m obliterating them in one round. I just want my chance to prove to the world that I am what I say I am,” said Garcia.

It’s a good idea for Ryan to forget about bickering with De La Hoya. He’s got to work with Oscar to get important fights, and it doesn’t help to have problems. Ryan needs to show that he’s ready to step it up against the top guys like Tank Davis. De La Hoya probably won’t want to make that fight because it’s risky for the 21-year-old Ryan.

Golden Boy needs to reach out

“I think that I am an outlet for them to express their bitterness and hate because I don’t see any other reason why they would have to hate other than to say I’m not fighting nobody,” said Ryan Garia.

“When the other prospects fight, they say, ‘Oh, you’re the best.’ You can hear in my voice that I’m frustrated and irritated by all of that. I feel like as a promoter, that’s their job to do,” said Ryan when asked why he’s not sitting down with De La Hoya and Golden Boy to take things out.

“I have my people reach out to them. I’m never bitter and never hold no grudges. I don’t care what is said. I only care about moving forward. I’m sorry, you’re sorry, let’s keep going. I don’t hold grudges. I’m ready to get back into the ring,” said Ryan.

Golden Boy should have already spoken to Ryan and cleared things up after he aired his unhappiness about the July 4 fight card.

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Accuracy is key

“It’s frustrating. I hate looking at it,” said Ryan Garcia about the Top Rank fights on ESPN. “And I feel like when my time comes, it’s going to be even bigger. I watch the fights, and I think, ‘That’s cool, but when I come back, everyone is going to be watching.’

“I know that for a fact. What I do bring is unexpected. My accuracy is what separates me. Forget my speed; forget my power. I have really good timing. I know people will see that later on in my career. My timing is really good,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s left hook is deadly accurate, and he rarely misses with that shot. But when he does, he’s in a position to be countered by his opponents.

Big fight happening in December says King Ryan

“I’m thinking August or September,” said Ryan Garcia when asked when he’ll be fighting again. “I know something significant is happening in December if we can get it made, but I can’t go into that.

“Whatever I do, it’s going to be big. Just know that. I expect a huge fight. If that’s the fight you want, let’s get it,” said Ryan when told that he wants him to fight Tank Davis next.

“Why do we have to wait? What are we waiting for? Never in my life would I duck that man. No, I’m not [afraid of Gervonta Davis]. Bring on Gervonta Davis, let’s go,” said Ryan.

Garcia needs to be careful that he doesn’t cause boxing fans to lose interest in his career by building up their hopes by continually saying he wants Tank Davis next or someone else that he has no chance of facing.

It’s not realistic that Golden Boy is going to take risks with Ryan. De La Hoya said that this week in an interview with Ring TV. His company is carefully matching Ryan, and they don’t want to put him in a position where he’s not ready to succeed.

Well, if it’s not Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis that Ryan is fighting in December, then it’s got to be someone like Devin Haney. Linares isn’t a big fight, and there’s a chance that he may lose his next match against Fortuna.


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