An incredulous look was etched across the face of Gervonta "Tank" Davis whenever Ryan Garcia brazenly mentioned his name. After years of antagonizing the deleterious knockout puncher, Davis has finally dared his longtime rival to put his money where his mouth is.
While not official, both sides have announced that a showdown between them will take place on April 15th, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Buoyant over their ostensible deal, Oscar De La Hoya, promoter of Garcia, has expressed his excitement to watch his young star shine. However, during colloquial and candid conversations in years past, De La Hoya has admitted that Davis was simply too dangerous for Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) at this point in his career. Nevertheless, having watched Garcia mature, De La Hoya is now singing a different tone.
“Tank’s a beast,” said De La Hoya to a group of reporters. “He is but now, I have to give Ryan the advantage.”
In spite of De La Hoya’s claims, Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) continues to not only win but do so impressively. To kick off his 2023, the Baltimore native punished Hector Luis Garcia, eliminating the super featherweight champion via ninth-round stoppage.
Still, even with his propensity for violent knockouts, De La Hoya isn’t unnerved surrounding Garcia’s chances. As for the 24-year-old dynamo out of California, he recently separated Javier Fortuna from his consciousness.
Throughout his rise to fame, De La Hoya has observed his lightweight luminary improve his overall game. In addition to watching him compete underneath the bright lights, De La Hoya has also marveled at Garcia’s willingness to put in the work. Considering his physical gifts and attributes, De La Hoya believes that if Garcia lands one of his normal thudding blows, Davis will leave the arena in a stretcher.
“I love the fact that Ryan fights tall,” continued De La Hoya. “Ryan’s a fighter who fights tall and throws that snap jab with the right hand and check hook. If he catches Tank coming in, it’s goodbye, it’s goodnight.”
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