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Ryan Garcia vs. Tank Davis = biggest fight in boxing or not?

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By Sean Jones: Next month’s fight clash between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis could be the biggest fight in boxing today. Interestingly, neither of these fighters has faced the best in their weight classes, yet they’re still hugely popular.

Tank swerved Devin Haney, a prime Vasyl Lomachenko, Shakur Stevenson, and Frank Martin.

For his part, Ryan Garcia has avoided all of the top guys at 135, seemingly wanting to stay unbeaten long enough for his cash-out against Tank Davis. Ryan has finally gotten the fight he’s been saving himself for all these years.

It will be interesting to see how Ryan’s career is conducted if he loses. Is it rinse & repeat, with Ryan continuing to fight weak as he’s done his entire career to ramp up for another money fight against Tank, or does he finally start fighting the best? Ryan will likely return to facing poor opposition while begging Tank for another payday.

This fight is weird because these aren’t old-school fighters that fought the best. On the contrary, they’re the opposite, but their fans are none the wiser.

There are potentially bigger fights that could happen involving Errol Spence Jr, Canelo Alvarez, David Benavidez, Caleb Plant, and Terence Crawford, but thus far, we’re not seeing the great match-ups that could happen.

For now, Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis is the biggest fight that can be made. Spence vs. Crawford is probably past its sell-by date, just as we saw with Canelo waiting too long before fighting Gennadiy Golovkin for the third time.

Spence & Crawford are getting old, and the fans have pretty much-lost interest in this fight. Spence vs. Canelo could compete with the vast attention there is between Ryan and Tank,  but it will probably never happen. Spence rarely fights nowadays, and he’s probably not going to want to take the risk of facing a guy like Canelo.

If Spence stays inactive for much longer, his popularity will be permanently impaired, and he won’t be able to return to the level it once was. Likewise, Canelo has caused his star power to diminish by fighting mediocre opposition.

Canelo has hurt his popularity since 2018 by facing these seven opponents:

  • Avni Yildirim
  • Rocky Fielding
  • Billy Joe Saunders
  • Callum Smith
  • Gennadiy Golovkin – trilogy match
  • Daniel Jacobs
  • Sergey Kovalev

Canelo is about to further erode his popularity by fighting John Ryder on May 6th in an arguably ill-advised match-up that could prove poison for DAZN.

It’s pretty obvious that Canelo has been milking his lucrative contracts, taking the least risky matches in the last five years, and avoiding the opposition that fans want to see.

‘Tank’ Davis vs. Ryan Garcia is probably the biggest fight in boxing,” said Akin Reyes to the DAZN Boxing Show.

“These young killers at their age, and the demand they have for this fight, I don’t think there’s a bigger fight in boxing. There are big ones out there, but I think this one might take the cake,” said Akin.

“I think within the boxing community, Terence Crawford and Errol Spence is the fight,” said Barak Bess.  ”

“If you look on Instagram, on social media, there are stars following Ryan Garcia. There are big stars with 20 million followers, 15 million followers, and stars following this guy who has never even won a title. He’s that likable,” said Bess.

“Monetarily, these guys will probably have the biggest gate in years.”

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