Gervonta Davis: “See y’all the end of the year”

By Boxing News - 07/17/2022 - Comments

By Jim Calfa: Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis sent a message to his fans and to Ryan Garcia that he’ll be back at the “end of the year.”

Although the unbeaten lightweight champion Gervonta (27-0, 25 KOs) didn’t mention Kingry Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) by name, his message was clearly one for him to accept his call out that he made tonight following his sixth round knockout victory over fringe lightweight contender Javier Fortuna (37-4-1, 26 KOs) at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles.

Ryan called out Tank Davis inside the ring after destroying the 33-year-old Fortuna in a three-knockdown, sixth-round stoppage victory in the main event on DAZN.

Chris Mannix: “Fighting at 140, what difference did that make?”

Ryan Garcia: “100%, I felt way better. I’m not going back down to 135 for nothing, but I will fight Tank next,” said Ryan Garcia when interviewed by DAZN after knocking out JavierFortuna in the sixth round on Saturday night.

“If Tank wants that at 140, I’m going to record all the negotiations so that you guys don’t make no headlines saying I’m ducking. If he wants it, let’s get it,” said Ryan.

Mannix: “Why is that fight against Tank Davis so  important to you?”

Ryan Garcia: “Because that’s going to give me the respect I deserve, and I’m never afraid. I’m trying to tell you that I have the spirit of competition in me, and you’re going to see it come out when I fight Tank and whip his a**.

Chris Mannix: “What will you say to the people, Ryan, that say, ‘Different networks, different promoters. No way a fight with Tank Davis can get done.'”

Ryan Garcia: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

To be sure, it would have been more appropriate if Ryan had fought a quality 135 or 140-pounder to help build interest for a fight with Tank Davis instead of picking Fortuna, a fighter that was beaten last year by Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz.

Would it be asking too much for Ryan to have fought one of these contenders to properly earn the Tank fight?

  • Vasyl Lomachenko
  • Devin Haney
  • Jeremiah Nakathilia
  • Regis Prograis
  • Jose Zepeda
  • Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz

We’ll see how much pull Tank Davis has with his promoters at Mayweather Promotions and with Al Haymon of PBC and Showtime because those three will need to give him the green light to make the fight with Ryan Garcia, who fights on DAZN.

If Tank Davis wants the fight badly enough against Ryan, he’s got the ability to push for it, but the question is will he be willing to create the fuss needed to get his way?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has arguably been protecting Tank all these years, keeping him out of harm’s way of fighters that could have potentially beaten him like Teofimo Lopez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Devin Haney, and Shakur Stevenson.

The power that Ryan showed tonight in dropping Fortuna three times won’t have been missed by the eagle-eyed Mayweather. He’s got to know that if Ryan was able to drop the old war horse Fortuna multiple times, he could do the same thing against Tank.

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