According to Ryan Garcia, the mega fight with Gervonta Davis is just a matter of a few small details. The main thing – their long-awaited showdown – has been decided.
“At the moment, as far as I know, this is the case,” Garcia said on Hour of MMA on a reported date of April 15, which he believes could take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “Everything is written in the contract.
“I think they are just working on the undercard, but otherwise we both agreed to the fight. I’m ready. I died for this fight and I will do my best to make it happen.”
As usual in high-profile fights, the undefeated boxers accused each other of trying to avoid the fight. One manifestation of this for Garcia is Davis’ fight on January 7 against Hector Garcia.
Garcia said he wanted to fight Davis last October after defeating Javier Fortuna three months earlier. He said that the January showdown was discussed. But then, he says, Davis came up with a new weight limit.
“So, all these things I had to do and I just thought, ‘You know what? I’m not going to fight again,” Garcia said. “I’m not going to let anything unexpected happen to me and I’ll go straight to Tank. If I really believe that I will beat him, I will always believe that I will beat him.”
When Davis booked a fight with Hector Garcia, Garcia was “slightly annoyed” that his opponent was on extra pay. Not only that, he was worried that something would happen that would further delay their showdown.
“I went through so many hoops to try and get this fight for the fans after so much talk… and finally got to the point where the networks agreed to come up with something and now all we have to do is find the right date, and he said he needed a tune-up,” Garcia said. “I was like, ‘Dude, that’s pretty risky.’ Not the fact that he could lose – he could hurt his hand. Anything could happen just in preparation for battle.
“It’s too risky for me, but he wanted to mind his own business, he had a great performance and hopefully nothing happens until April.”
Luckily for the Flash, Davis scored a TKO in the ninth round against a superior opponent.
“He is very selective with his shots; he needs to be in a good position to land devastating blows,” said Garcia, who gave Davis a B- to B+ grade. “I think he relies on guys to burn out, guys without power. Usually when you put pressure on them, their punches lose accuracy and they lose focus, and that’s what he did, and he got the guy out of there.”
The latest threat to the couple may be Davis’ recent legal troubles. Regular WBA Lightweight Champion arrested on suspicion of domestic violence just a few days before his fight with Hector Garcia, and the resolution of the case hung over his boxing future. Davis is also due to appear in court next month in an alleged hit-and-run case that could result in jail time.
“It’s definitely a concern,” Ryan Garcia said. “I don’t know his temperament. I think he might have anger issues, but you know what, in this situation I won’t talk about it because I don’t know what’s going on in his personal life with him and his girlfriend. I don’t know what they are doing. I don’t think it’s right to hit someone, a woman, but I don’t want to talk too much about it because I don’t know all the details.”
Davis also accused his future opponent of doping, which Garcia believes is another ploy to sabotage the fight. 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 of this,’ especially with weight, with changing dates, trying to prolong my inactivity,” he said. “All this nonsense, it’s just a game, they say 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.”