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Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia with 10-lb rehydration clause, 146-lbs on fight day

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By Brian Webber: Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta ‘Tank’  Davis will have a 10-lb rehydration clause and can’t weigh higher than 146-lb for the fight day morning weigh-in for their 136-lb catchweight mega-clash on April 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The rehydration clause was obviously put there by Tank Davis and his management to ensure that the 24-year-old light welterweight Ryan (23-0, 19  KOs), who hasn’t fought at 135 since his fight with Luke Campbell in January 2021, won’t rehydrate into the mid-150s or 160s on the day of the fight.

It’s a further sign of worry on Tank’s part about the fight with Ryan because it’s dangerous for him because he’s never faced a puncher of this level before during his nine-year professional career.

The 136-lb catchweight is another advantage that the A-side fighter Tank Davis has for this fight because if it were up to Ryan, this contest would be held at the full weight for the light welterweight division at 140 lbs instead of a catch.

Tank has fought at the full weight 140-lb weight in his fight with WBA light welterweight champion Mario Barrios in 2022, and he defeated him to capture his title. Against Ryan, Tank isn’t confident enough to fight without a couple of handicaps in the form of his catchweight and rehydration clause, which is a double whammy for Kingry.

“I’m going to try and deflect as many shots as I can, and I’m going to try and pick my spots, and then later on, I’ll start applying smart pressure and start banging away and hopefully land a big shot,” said Ryan Garcia to Premier Boxing Champions.

“When you have seen that before, and you’ve prepared for it, then you have a guy who is not going to blow his steam away, and we’re going to play it how we have to play it. Now it’s a boxing fight.

Now you have to think in there because if I hit you, it’s not going to feel good. You’re going to want to keep coming forward and try and take chances. If I find a good shot, nine times out of ten, it should hurt him, and if not, I just beat him.  How about that?  I just beat him.

“How about if I just outbox him? I’ve been boxing since I was seven years old. I can move, I can dance, and I can do a little of that. I don’t do it because I like knocking people out, but if I see in the fight that I have to do it, I will.

“I think intelligence and defense,” said Ryan Garcia on what he wants to prove his haters wrong about. “People always say I don’t have defense,  but I’ve never seen myself bruised up in a fight.”

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