Ryan Garcia: Tank Davis Needs Big Fights To Stay Relevant

Ryan Garcia has told Gervonta Davis he risks losing fans by facing easy opposition.

Davis’ career highlight is a stoppage win over Garcia last year. The fight produced over 1.2 million PPV buys, a live gate of over $20 million, making the fight the highest-grossing bout of 2023. The win was downplayed by suggestions Garcia was weight-drained. Ryan admitted the 136-pound catchweight and ten-pound rehydration clause harmed him.

Davis boxes Frank Martin on June 22, which has received a mixed reaction. Tank avoided Shakur Stevenson, the WBC Lightweight Champion, for a possible unification. While Vasiliy Lomachenko is tied up with George Kambosos Jr., Davis could have faced the Ukrainian multiple times. Outside of his weight class, Davis also has title fights at 140 against Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez. Since Garcia is taking risks by fighting Davis and now Haney, he has called on Tank to do the same. 

“Tank has got to be worried about us. Tank is going to fall off because he thinks playing that cool bull **** works. Nobody thinks that’s cool anymore. You got to be vocal. You got to be ready for that smoke. If you’re not ready to fight, we’re going to forget about you because Gervonta Davis, you’re not that special. If you don’t fight nobody is going to watch you. Facts. Nobody is going to really want to watch that. You’re going to see his numbers are not going to be good against Frank. I guarantee you,” Garcia stated 

Nevertheless, Garcia’s popularity is also suffering. The Haney fight is struggling to sell tickets. Golden Boy Promotions have lowered the prices after Garcia went on record to say tickets were too expensive. DAZN has also cut the PPV price from $80 to $69.99.

The venue has not helped, as the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, was chosen instead of the more established boxing venues in Vegas. Garcia’s behavior has also alienated fans. His admission of smoking weed, drinking alcohol and erratic social media behaviour risks harming his brand. Since Davis and Garcia fight close together, their PPV numbers will no doubt be compared. 


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