By Sam Volz: Ryan Garcia says he’s going to “whoop” Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis “bad” when they battle on April 15th in a 136-lb catchweight fight on Showtime & DAZN in Las Vegas.
The 24-year-old Kingry (23-0, 19 KOs) feels that WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Tank (27-0, 25 KOs) has been avoiding him and taking easy opposition.
Many boxing fans agree with Ryan about Tank being avoidant and choosing to fight weak opposition. Rather than the Mayweather-promoted Tank facing top-level guys like Vasyl Lomachenko, Shakur Stevenson, and Devin Haney, we’ve seen him face the unproven Rolly Romero.
If Ryan does beat Tank Davis, it could be the beginning of the end for the Baltimore native unless his promoters at Mayweather Promotions return him to fighting the lesser opposition that he’s built his 27-0 record.
Its likely Tank won’t resist when his promoters resume matching him against mediocre fighters like the ones he’s been beating.
“This fight means everything to me. Since I was a young kid, I’ve always wanted the biggest fights in the world. It’s been my dream, and it’s finally here,” said Ryan Garcia to First Take with Stephen A about his April 15th fight against Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
“I had to chase him down, but it’s finally happened, and I couldn’t be happier for the sport, for the fans, and for everybody that is going to tune in.
“Two undefeated young fighters finally fighting in their prime, and I couldn’t be happier. Actually, he was running from me, but like I said, I made it happen,” said Ryan about Tank Davis having avoided him for ages.
“The stars aligned perfectly, and now it’s time to show everybody that I’m the best fighter in the world. I’ve been the best since I was a young kid. I’m here to finally start everything I dreamed of.
“I’ve been asking for this fight since I was 17 years old. I guess he wanted to take an easier route, which is fine because you can see by his opposition.
“It’s finally here. All I can say is that it doesn’t matter now. The fight is finally happening. I’m going to whoop him.
“I think we all came together, and he finally realized he wanted this fight as well. When he fought Rolly Romero in Brooklyn, he finally said, ‘You’re next.’
“At that moment, I realized it was real, and I pushed it from that day on, and I said, ‘I’m going to handle business with Javier Fortuna,’ and I did, and now he’s ready to go.
“We both came together with the teams. It was a hard process, but we figured it out. Great things are going to happen now. Finally, a mega-fight is on the horizon.