Unbeaten lightweight Ryan Garcia says he would take a 50-50 deal to ensure a fight against rival Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis could be made.
Garcia returns to the ring for the first time in 15 months when he fights Ghanaian Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9 in San Antonio.
Should he come through the fight against Tagoe successfully then all eyes will turn to something much bigger. A fight against the WBA ‘Regular’ champion has long been rumoured and would pit one of the biggest rising stars in the sport against the power and experience of the no nonsense ‘Tank’.
“It’s good to know that you have a super-fight you could make, and I know that’s possible,” Garcia told the Inside Boxing Live podcast.
In his last three fights Davis had a highlight reel knockout win over Leo Santa Cruz, an 11th round stoppage of the tough Mario Barrios and a points win over Isaac Cruz in December. The Baltimore southpaw has been fighting on pay-per-view and nothing suggests that will change anytime soon.
“He can try to do a pay-per-view with someone else and I guarantee it’s not gonna do well,” said Garcia.
“The only pay-per-view that is going to do well is him and myself. At the end of the day, you have to come up with a great deal that works for both of us and no you’re not a bigger star than me, do not say that.
“I’m probably more of a star than you [Davis] but you won’t admit it, so I’ll suck my ego up and say 50-50. Even though I should probably deserve a bit more. 50-50, that’s the probably the lowest I’ll take.”
Garcia believes that Davis is not in the sport for legacy or to be great but is instead just chasing dollar signs. The Californian insists he will take on the best that the division has to offer.
“I will fight these guys. I’m gonna beat Kambosos, I will knock Devin Haney out, all respect, and it’s just a matter of time to do it.
“Tank will fight me because it will make him a lot of money and he thinks he can beat me.”