Fans have grabbed their calendars and have already begun counting the days. On April 22nd, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, both Ryan Garcia and Gervonta “Tank” Davis will place their undefeated records on the line when they face off at a catchweight of 136 pounds.
Davis, from the moment their mouthwatering bout became official, opened up as the odds-on favorite. Shakur Stevenson, similarly, is expecting the Baltimore native to take care of business.
“Tank,” said Stevenson to 210 Boxing TV when asked to give a prediction. “I think Tank is on a different level.”
For the most part, the deleterious knockout power of Davis has proved to be far too much for his opposition. Hector Luis Garcia, brazen in his confidence and stern in the belief of his chin, was given a crack at Davis earlier this year. Fresh off an eye-catching 2022, the former Olympian sauntered into their showdown with conviction. Just a few rounds later, however, and the 31-year-old suffered the same fate as the majority of Davis’ opponents, losing via ninth-round stoppage.
Despite it all, Ryan Garcia isn’t backing down one iota. With the 24-year-old packing a violent punch of his own, the California product has revealed on countless occasions that he’ll make things look relatively easy against his man.
Stevenson though, isn’t exactly buying it. From a physical aspect, Garcia seemingly has the full package. His speed? A blur. His power? Concussive. But, those previously mentioned attributes, nonetheless, won’t be the determining factor according to Stevenson. Instead, what’s in between Garcia’s ears, or lack thereof, will ultimately lead to his downfall.
“Ryan don’t have the IQ, the defense. I just think Tank's IQ is better than Ryan’s for sure. You gotta make him earn everything. Ryan, it don’t look like he’s the type of fighter that’s gonna make him earn anything. It’s all gonna be given to him. Once he gets that shot, it’s over with.”
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