Flashy Californian Ryan Garcia has targeted a bout with East Coast rival Gervonta Davis should he negotiate his career litmus test against Luke Campbell in Dallas this evening.
Social media star Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) has already conquered Instagram, but hopes the boxing world will follow.
A win over Campbell in their WBC ‘interim’ 135lbs title fight on Saturday will, in theory, seal a clash with the sanctioning body’s ‘full’ champion Devin Haney, but Garcia says he would prefer to face Baltimore’s WBA Regular champion Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) next.
“I wanna fight Gervonta next. That’s who I want. I wanna take on that man,” Garcia told Talksport. “I’ve been calling it for a while and that’s the fight. That’s the fight that would make me great. That’s the fight that will complete the puzzle that I have put together. That’s who I want and that’s who I’m gonna be striving to get.
“I’m gonna give the people what they want and I’m gonna put a whooping on him – I promise you that. After this fight, that’s the fight I’ll be looking to have. There it is. Everybody’s scared, everybody fears something about that man and to me it’s gonna be as easy as anything. It’s gonna be as easy as singing my ABCs. I promise you that’s the fight that’s gonna shock the world. I’ve been saying it from the beginning, I wanna shock the world.
“That’s who I’m coming after, big, bad ‘Tank’ – the man who hits so hard, the man that crushes people’s face in. That’s the fight that I wanna show everybody who I really am.”
But Campbell comes first tonight and that should provide a meaningful indication of whether the untested Garcia can back up his bold words with his fists.