Via Huck Allen: Ryan Garcia insists that his plans to fight Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in December will not be opposed by his supporters at the Golden Boy as he is ready to fight the WBA lightweight champion ‘through’ often’ and beat him.
Ryan (22-0, 18 KOs) still needs to be careful with a small speed bump on his way to the Tank with the header on July 16 in a game against DAZN Javier Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KOs).
As long as Ryan doesn’t get caught like in his fight with Luke Campbell, Fortuna, 33, won’t be a problem for him.
The bigger problem that 23-year-old Ryan faced was that he had to convince Golden Boy Promotions to give him the green light for a showdown with Tank Davis.
We know Tank Davis (27-0.25 KOs) as the match for the fight against Ryan because he called him out before and after his title defense last Saturday night against Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Ryan was in the stands, Tank had twice bent over his apron in the ring to tell him, “You are next.” Again, it’s up to Ryan’s promoters if they let him join the Tank fight this year as ideally he could use two to four upgrade wars before he hits to that level.
It wouldn’t hurt for Ryan to win against these fighters before going head to head with the Tanks:
- Rolly Romero
- Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr
- Jeremiah Nakathilia
- Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz
Fortuna is a bit far off and is seen as a useful opponent for Ryan to hone his skills as he is said to be a step down from King Ry’s last two opponents Emmanuel Tagoe & Luke Campbell.
What Ryan needs is to keep climbing the ladder, and the only way to do that is for him to fight quality fighters like Pitbull Cruz, Rolly, Nakathilia and JoJo Diaz.
“The Golden Boy won’t be able to [stop the Tank Davis fight]” Ryan Garcia said to Sports Illustrated. “They can not. I won’t allow it. There’s no way.
“I will go to war against Tank. I’m willing to do whatever I have to, because in the end that fight will earn me the respect and I think I deserve. So I’m up for the challenge.
“I had a lot of confidence in beating him,” Ryan continued about the Tank. “He’s a great fighter, don’t get me wrong. But I’m just much greater. And I wanted to show him, I wanted to show people what I could do, and that was the fight to do it. Everyone wants to see it, and I’m ready now,” Ryan said.
It would have been nice for Ryan to get more experience before the Tank as he looked uncomfortable with the pressure light Tagoe was putting on him last April.
Backed up by a weak puncher like Tagoe shows that Ryan is uncomfortable with the pressures of his caretaker’s early stages.