By: Sean Cross
In an impressive interview with Ariel Helwani on Wednesday, Ryan Garcia described Jervonta “Tank” Davis’ stoppage against Hector Luis Garcia last weekend as a “typical tank fight.” “He’s very selective with his punches,” Garcia said. “He has to get in a good position to land his shots.” Garcia said he believes Davis works to wear down his opponent’s weaknesses. “I think he relies on guys to burn,” Garcia told Helwani. Their fists are loose and they lose focus and that’s what he did and took the guy out of there.”
As for Davis’ opponent: “The guy didn’t adjust to get his right hand up,” Garcia said, “he grabbed it with his upper left.” It’s pretty obvious what the tank is going for, but for me the tank put up a great fight. I thought he understood the game and did very well. Garcia didn’t mind jeopardizing the promised superfight with Davis by taking what he believed to be some sort of adjustment. “I was definitely nervous,” Garcia said. “After a lot of talk, I was really worried about trying to make this fight happen for the fans… He could hurt his hand, things could happen.”
However, Garcia said he himself wants to fight before the new year. “I wanted to fight in October 2022 to keep the momentum going,” he said. “They (Team Davis) told me, they were very adamant: ‘If you take it in December, we won’t fight you.’ He feels it’s important to do what he has to do to make a fight with Davis happen. “I believe you will,” Garcia said.
Helwani asked if it was true that Garcia was going to fight Davis on April 15th. “My knowledge at this point is yes,” Garcia said. “I think they’re working on a root card… I’m ready. I was dying for this fight and I gave it my all to make it happen. Garcia insisted he did everything he had to do to make the Davis match a reality. “I cleaned everything,” he said. The only thing that could happen is something on the tank side. That being said, Garcia indicated that he feels Davis will go through with the highly anticipated bout. “He knows how important this is,” Garcia said.