By Allan Fox: Trainer Jose Benavidez Sr predicts that Ryan Garcia will be negatively affected by the 10-lb rehydration clause that Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis’s side put in the contract for their fight on April 22nd, but there’s nothing he can do about it.
Benavidez Sr says that sometimes a fighter has to make sacrifices to make a fight happen, and in this example, it was Ryan Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs), the B-side of the promotion, that had to give in to what the A-side guy, the king, Tank Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) wanted as part of the concessions.
He’ll win if Ryan is good enough to overcome the effects of being drained from the rehydration limit. If not, he’ll have to deal with the defeat the best he can and move on.
Hopefully, Ryan doesn’t feel sorry for himself afterward and gets bitter about it as some fighters do after their first loss.
We have countless examples of fighters that use stuff like this as an excuse for why they got beat rather than face the fact that they weren’t good enough. Ryan needs to be an adult and not look at the rehydration clause as he lost to Tank.
“That’s another great fight. These are the fights we need to see,” said Jose Benavidez Sr to Fighthype about the Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis fight. “All these guys need to stop putting all these rules and demands.
“These are the fights we want to watch. Ryan Garcia against Tank is a great fight; it’s an exciting fight. I can’t wait to see that fight, but these are the fights that we want to see.
“I think it’s going to affect him, but if that’s the only way we can make the fight happen, sometimes you’ve got to sacrifice a little bit,” said Benavidez Sr. when asked if the 10-lb rehydration clause will affect Ryan Garcia.
If Ryan disagreed with the rehydration clause, he could have put his feet down and said no. Maybe he wouldn’t have gotten the fight with Tank, but if he felt strongly enough about this, he should be willing to stand on his principles.
Considering that Ryan agreed to the rehydration clause, he needs to be quiet about it and stop talking about it because what’s done is done. It’s too late to do anything, making him look like a sniveller.