Eddie Hearn has changed his prediction for the upcoming fight between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia.
The two young American superstars will go head-to-head in just two weeks time in undoubtedly the biggest fight of the year so far.
In a sport where the big names so often don’t face each other, fans are hoping ‘Tank’ and Garcia putting it all on the line can act as a catalyst for more mega fights to get made.
When the fight was announced, Hearn thought Davis would have too much for Garcia.
“He’s [Davis] going to get hit against Ryan Garcia. Ryan Garcia is very long and has very fast hands. Where he [Davis] struggled a little bit against Hector Garcia was with the range. Well Ryan Garcia has even more range than Hector Garcia, and he punches harder.”
“I give Ryan Garcia a shot in this fight, no question about it, but if you’re asking me who wins, I say ‘Tank’.”
However, as the fight nears the Matchroom promoter has performed a complete 180, telling Fight Hub TV that he’s now picking Garcia to win by stoppage.
“I think Tank is favourite in the fight but I give Ryan Garcia a lot more chance than I did originally and that’s because having spoken to fighters, especially young fighters who know them both, they give Ryan Garcia a chance, some pick him to win that fight.
I think he punches very hard and ‘Tank’ does get hit, but Ryan is also exposed when he’s throwing and ‘Tank’ is very smart.
So I do think ‘Tank’ is the favourite but I’m going to pick Ryan Garcia by stoppage. Just something in my head says Ryan might pull off something special that night.”
The two will meet at a catchweight of 136lbs, with a strict 10lb rehydration clause for Ryan on the day of the fight. If Hearn is correct with his prediction, we’ll most likely see the two run it back as ‘Tank’ has a rematch clause should he suffer defeat.