Top rated contender Ryan Garcia is very confident of victory in his upcoming showdown with fellow unbeaten Gervonta 'Tank' Davis.
Garcia was an interested party in last weekend's Showtime Pay-Per-View fight, which saw Davis stop Hector Luis Garcia after eight rounds of action.
Davis is now looking ahead to facing Ryan Garcia. The big event is being targeted for the month of April, in Las Vegas.
According to Garcia, a deal is in place and a few minor details are being worked out.
“At this point, from my knowledge, it is,” Garcia told The MMA Hour. “In the contract, everything seems set. I think they’re just working on the undercard, and other than that, we’ve both agreed to the fight. I’m ready. I’ve been dying for this fight, and I’ll give it my all to make it happen.”
Garcia was also slated to see action this month, against veteran Mercito Gesta. It was called off when Garcia made a decision to bypass an interim-fight and go direct to a Davis clash.
“So all these things I’ve had to do, and I was just like, ‘You know what? I’m not going to fight again,’” Garcia said. “I’m not going to go have something out of the blue happen to me, and I’m going to go straight to Tank. If I truly believe I’ll beat him, I’ll always believe I’ll beat him.”
Garcia was worried that Davis' most recent fight would potentially derail their upcoming contest.
“I was like, ‘Man, this is kind of risky.’ It’s not the fact that he could lose – he could hurt his hand. Things could just happen getting ready for a fight," Garcia said.
“To me, it’s too risky, but he wanted to do his thing, he had a great performance, and hopefully nothing happens between now and April.”
A few weeks ago, Davis made statements that he felt Garcia was potentially using performance enhancing drugs.
Garcia believes the accusations were nothing more than mind games.
“I think they were trying to give me ways to say, ‘F this, I’m not going through all this,’ especially with the weight, with the changing of dates, trying to prolong my inactivity,” Davis said.
“All this stuff, it’s just a game, saying I’m on steroids, I see all the tricks. But they don’t know who they’re messing with. My mentality is strong, whether they believe it or not.”
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