Ryan Garcia doesn’t consider Gervonta Davis his most imposing potential opponent within the lightweight division.
The WBC interim champion also doesn’t view their fight as all that difficult to put together, despite their competing promotional and network/streaming service partnerships. Garcia stated during a recent appearance on “The Ak & Barak Show” that he is certain he’ll face Davis sometime this year, probably in September.
“It’s gonna happen this year,” Garcia told co-hosts Barak Bess and Akin Reyes. “I have a feeling it’s gonna happen in September, so that’ll give us just enough time to train. We have about eight months, enough time to build this up to levels that haven’t been seen before. So, I’m ready for this journey. I’m ready to try to make this fight happen.”
The 22-year-old Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) called out Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) right after he knocked out Luke Campbell with a body shot in the seventh round January 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Victorville, California, native secured a shot at WBC lightweight champ Devin Haney by beating Campbell (20-4, 16 KOs), but Garcia has no intention of challenging Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) in his next fight.
He acknowledged during a show that airs daily on DAZN and SiriusXM that the Haney fight would be easier to make because both boxers work with promoters, Oscar De La Hoya (Garcia) and Eddie Hearn (Haney), that are partnered with DAZN. Garcia feels the Davis fight is a bigger event, however, and has repeatedly predicted that he’ll knock out the undefeated Davis in the second round.
Garcia doesn’t believe Baltimore’s Davis is avoiding him, but he’ll continue taunting his rival until the 26-year-old Davis agrees to fight him.
“I don’t think he’s running,” Garcia said. “I mean, when I say those type of things, you know, it’s just for like you get under his skin a little bit. I don’t know if he was running. Honestly, I just wanna make sure this fight gets made. You know, if he has any doubts, I’m gonna pressure him so much that, you know, they’re gonna have to look at him like, ‘Gervonta, come on, man. You’re letting this guy talk all he wants and you don’t wanna accept it.’ I mean, that’s my approach on it. I know this fight needs to be made, and so I will do whatever it takes to get it made. I told you I’m going all in. I’m going all in.”
Though popular and unbeaten, Garcia promised he won’t price himself out of negotiations for a fight versus Davis, who is promoted by Floyd Mayweather’s company and fights on Showtime and Showtime Pay-Per-View. Garcia won’t worry about who is considered the “A” side and “B” side, either.
“What they choose to do, whatever side they take, you know, as long as it’s fair and honest, I will go for it,” Garcia said. “You know what I mean? I’m not in it to get over [on] anybody in this game, and I’m not in it to do anything shady. So, you know, I understand where I’m at in this boxing world, I understand where Gervonta’s at and, like I said, I’m not trying to get over [on] anybody. I’m ready to be honest and to get this fight made.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.