According to Ryan Garcia, a mega-fight with Gervonta Davis is just a matter of a few minor details. The major one – their long-awaited showdown – is handled.
“At this point, from my knowledge, it is,” Garcia said on The MMA Hour of a reported April 15 date, which he believes could take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “In the contract, everything seems set.
” I think they are just doing the undercard and that we have both committed to fighting. I’m ready. I’ve been dying for this fight, and I’ll give it my all to make it happen.”
Per the usual in high-profile fights, the undefeated pugilists have accused each other of trying to avoid a meeting. One manifestation of that for Garcia is Davis’ Jan. 7 bout against Hector Garcia.
Garcia said he wanted to fight Davis this past October after win three months earlier against Javier Fortuna. There were talks of a fight in January, he said. But then, he said, Davis proposed a new weight limit.
“So all these things I’ve had to do, and I was just like, ‘You know what? Garcia stated that he would not fight again. “I won’t have anything happen out of the blue to me and I will go straight to Tank. If I believe that I can beat him, then I will always believe it.”
When Davis booked the Hector Garcia fight, Garcia was “slightly annoyed” his opponent got an extra payday. Not only that, he was worried something would happen that would further delay their showdown.
” I had to jump through many hoops in order to make the fight possible for fans. After so much talk, finally reaching the point when the networks were willing to negotiate something. Now all that is left to do is to find the perfect date. Garcia stated. “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.
” To me it seems too risky but he was determined to perform his best, and I hope nothing else happens between now & April .”
Fortunately for “The Flash”, Davis cruised to victory against an opponent overmatched in the ninth round.
“He’s very selective on his punches; he needs to get in a good position to land the shots that he’s devastating with,” said Garcia, who gave Davis a B- to a B+ on the performance. “I think that he relies on guys to burn out, guys with no power. He put pressure on guys and made them lose their focus. .”
The latest threat to the pairing could be Davis’ recent legal trouble. The WBA regular lightweight champ was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence just days before his fight with Hector Garcia, and the resolution of the case looms over his boxing future. Davis will also be in court next month for an investigation into an alleged hit and run that could land him in jail.
“That is definitely a concern,” Ryan Garcia said. I don’t know much about his personality. Although I suspect he may have anger issues, I can’t speak to his individual situation. I also don’t know his relationship with his girlfriend. They do not know. I don’t think it’s right to hit anybody, a female, but I don’t want to speak on it too much because I don’t know the full details.”
Davis has also accused his future opponent of using performance-enhancing drugs, which Garcia believes is another ploy to sabotage the bout. It won’t work, Garcia said.
“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,” he said. All this stuff is just a game. I can see the tricks. But they don’t know who they’re messing with. They don’t believe it, but my mentality is strong