Although Ryan Garcia is expected to give Gervonta Davis a bevy of issues come April 22nd, by and large, both the betting and boxing worlds are convinced that the Baltimore native will ultimately walk away with his hand held in triumph.
While he appreciates his supporters, Davis believes that their willingness to pick him to defeat Garcia should extend to the rest of the lightweight division.
“I’m the better fighter,” said Davis on his upcoming bout against Garcia to a group of reporters. “It doesn't matter who they put in front of me. I’m better.”
The scathing criticism of Davis over the years has mostly centered around his level of opposition. For the most part, the 28-year-old “Regular” lightweight titlist may have ignored those detractors but at this point, they have become obtrusive.
Currently, the 135-pound landscape is filled to the brim with mouthwatering talent. Shakur Stevenson, after reigning atop the super featherweight division as a unified champion, is set to make his lightweight debut in a few short weeks when he takes on Shuichiro Yoshino. Devin Haney, the WBO, WBA, WBC, and IBF world titlist, is on the verge of solidifying a showdown against former two-time Olympic gold medalist, Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Both men, along with a slew of other top names, have made it clear that a showdown against Davis is firmly on their to-do list. But while the concussive knockout puncher has grown accustomed to hearing his name on the lips of his adversaries, his focus will remain on the task at hand.
In his latest outing, Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) treated a jam-packed crowd in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to a one-of-a-kind show. On May 28th, Rolando “Rolly” Romero’s perpetual trash talk was officially laid to bed, courtesy of a violent Davis left hand. With the former multi-divisional titlist preparing to immure himself in an arduous training camp in preparation for his upcoming showdown against Garcia, he's hoping to inflict the same sort of punishment.
Well before the outcome of their mega bout is ultimately unveiled, there should be no question, at least in Davis’ view, who’s the man to beat in the lightweight division. While Haney’s undisputed throne should be revered and in spite of Stevenson possessing the sort of skills that make him a legitimate threat, in the opinion of Davis, he and he alone has a stranglehold on the lightweight division’s top spot.
“I’m the number one guy right now.”
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