By Allan Fox: Shane Mosley says he sees Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis vs. Ryan Garcia as a “50-50” fight that could come down to which the two land their knockout shots on April 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Mosley feels that Ryan’s left hook could be trouble for Tank (28-0, 26 KOs) because if he lands that punch, it could be the end of the night for the unbeaten star.
Tank is the favorite going in, but he’s never faced a puncher like Ryan before, and we don’t know how he will react to getting hit. Ryan (23-0, 19 KOs) has knocked out most of his opponents, and the ones that did survive were fighting defensively so they wouldn’t get hit.
Tank is an aggressive fighter by nature, so he’s not going to run around the ring as we saw with the last opponent, that went the 12 round distance with Ryan in April of last year.
“I got it 50-50. I think Tank is more polished and has more ring generalship, strong and hits hard,” said Shane Mosley to Fight Hub TV on the Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis fight.
“If Ryan is too aggressive, he could get caught, but if he’s just aggressive enough, then maybe he could bait him into a left hook. Tank is the same way. Maybe jab and bait the left hook in.
“The problem that I think Tank runs into is the height of Ryan Garcia and his left hook. They’re both throw left hands. It’s who is going to land their left hands first. It shouldn’t go the distance.
“Is it going to be Ryan, or is it going to be Tank with his counter left? Is Ryan going to throw the jab, right hand, and then the left hook? We want to see. I tend to think that with Ryan being a little bit taller has the advantage, but I still think it’s 50-50.
“Ryan has the advantage because his right hand is closer to Davis, but at the same time, Davis can do the little step back and catch him with a right hand. At the same time, Ryan’s left hook is so fast; it’s going to be hard to do that little step back.
“I think Ryan has the advantage, but we have to see how Davis can get inside and try and work Ryan. Ryan does put his chin there a little bit when he throws his left hook really fast. He does the right-hand, left hook. We’ll see what happens,” said Mosley.