Despite a few hurdles remaining, a fight between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis is closer than ever.
The two young, undefeated stars have signed to face one another tentatively in Las Vegas on April 15 in a fight that would hopefully set an example across the sport to force other 50/50 matchups to be made.
‘Tank’ has a fight against Hector Luis Garcia to come first, but, should he win, it seems all paths – at least in a boxing sense – are clear for the bout to take place under the bright lights.
Forgoing a tune-up fight himself, Garcia is solely focused on the Davis fight from now, and he’s received some advice from a former champion in Amir Khan.
The Olympic Silver Medalist told Fight Hub TV what the taller man must do come fight night.
“Ryan Garcia has to keep it long, and every time Tank tries to come in he has to take a little step out – [those] inches are gonna make a massive difference.
Counter him every time. Throw them hard shots in. Every shot that Ryan throws has to be hard and accurate.”
“He can’t let Tank smother him, or get too close, because that’s when he’s in trouble. Ryan has to have strong legs, have good feet, keep it long, keep it moving left to right … don’t let Tank settle, because once he settles he’s going to let those big bombs off.”
For his part, Garcia is confident that ‘Tank’ hasn’t faced someone who presents the attributes that he does – although many fans would argue that it’s the same the other way around.
All eyes now move to Davis’ fight with Luis Garcia on January 7 in Washington.