Ryan Garcia is set to return to the ring next month following his first professional loss.
The 25-year-old has made the decision to fight no lighter than 140lbs, and marks that by facing Oscar Duarte in Houston.
Given his substantial online following and watchable style, Garcia will be straight back to big-time boxing with a win – and he knows who he wants that to face down the line
Gervonta Davis stopped him with a body shot in the seventh round of their 136lbs catchweight bout back in April, and Garcia told FightHub TV that he has eyes on the rematch because he is ‘better’ than ‘Tank.’
“I want to get my rematch. I want to get that run back at the right weight. He knows that that’s not me, I don’t care what anybody says. I don’t fight like that and I’m way better than that. And I’m better than him. I don’t care that he beat me, give me my rematch and I’ll beat him.”
Whilst the second bout with Davis is top of Garcia’s list, he knows he may have to fight his way there.
He says he will take on Teofimo Lopez – currently WBO Super-Lightweight Champion – and Devin Haney – challenging for the WBC belt a week after Garcia’s fight – to earn his shot.
“I’m gonna build myself up again, keep winning, and if I have to go through a Teofimo Lopez or Devin Haney to get that, I will do it. But I need my rematch, cause he’s not better than me. I just gotta prove myself.”
Davis is currently still campaigning one division down at lightweight, but has fought at 140 in the past. First up, Garcia must get by Duarte on December 2.