The pair’s only meeting occurred in April in a fight that resonated with the boxing and casual fanbase. In a bout that sold over a reported $1.2 million pay-per-views, Garcia came up short. Despite making a promising start by using his range and jab, Garcia was countered in the second round as he hit the canvas. Thereafter, the boxer never looked the same as Garcia was stopped in the seventh round via a body shot.
Nevertheless, ‘King Ryan’ was keen on having another fight. Garcia highlighted how lessons had been learnt, as well as wanting to have the rematch at 140. It is no secret that Garcia was unhappy at the 10-pound rehydration clause that had been set at 135. But now that Garcia has moved up to 140, he has backed himself to do a lot better, given his new direction under Derrick James.
“One of my goals after tasting my first loss is running that back. I feel like under different circumstances, I’ll be able to perform much better, and much better and more alert the next go-round. Again, I’m going to build this up crazy, and I’m going to build up that hype again, and then we’re going to run it back. We have to run it back. That’s what I want to run in the future, but I’ve got to stay focused. I can’t get too excited, and that’s it,” Garcia
But before Garcia looks ahead to a Davis rematch, he must overcome Oscar Duarte on December 2nd, 2023. The latter will pose a test, having stopped his last eleven opponents. And following their first presser, as we reportedly previously, the Mexican was intent on putting on a performance. However, the chances of securing a Davis rematch may be made easier if Garcia can grab a belt at 140. And that may be the main focus moving forward.