Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez has given his thoughts about a potential super fight between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
The 60-year-old is regarded as a true legend of the sport; not only revered by his fellow Mexicans but was recognised universally as one of the best fighters in the world during his career.
After 115 fights over 25 years Chávez won titles over three weight classes and battled the likes of Meldrick Taylor, Hector Camacho, Pernell Whittaker, Rocky Lockridge, Oscar De La Hoya and many more.
FightHype caught up with Chávez and asked if he saw Garcia’s recent knockout performance against Javier Fortuna and what he thinks about the young superstar:
“No, I don’t watch bulls**t.”
“He’s a good friend, he’s has good people.”
“He called me on the phone the day of the fight. But I didn’t see his fight truthfully.”
He went on to give a bold prediction if a fight between Garcia and Davis did ever materialise:
“It’s gonna go very bad for him [Garcia].”
“Gervonta, I’ve seen him fight, but I haven’t really analysed him but he’s a hell of a fighter with all respect.”
“I think he’s gonna knockout Ryan Garcia.”
Such is the stardom of the two Americans, there’s an argument that the matchup could be the biggest in boxing right now. In order to make the fight, Davis’s promoter, Floyd Mayweather, is insisting that Garcia must “make sacrifices” and come back down to lightweight.
“If there’s certain things you want in the sport of boxing, like Ryan Garcia really wants this fight with Tank.”
“So if you really want this fight with Tank, sacrifice. We have to make sacrifices.”
This could cause some issues, given that Garcia has not fought at the 135lb weight since January 2021 and told media after his win over Fortuna that he would not fight at lightweight again.