Gervonta “Tank” Davis had two words for his opponent “King” Ryan Garcia.
“Get ready,” he said calmly during the “Davis vs. Garcia” episode of Showtime’s “All Access.”.
Davis, widely recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, and the imposing Garcia are set to knuckle up this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a lightweight bout contested at a catch weight of 136 pounds. Davis and Garcia are elite fighters in their primes and are providing a compelling match up craved by boxing fans as star welterweights Terence Crawford and Errol Spence continue to stall in solidifying what would be the most highly anticipated fight in several years.
Davis, 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, is 28-0, (26 KOs) and the WBA “Regular” lightweight champion. Garcia, 24, of Los Alamitos, California, is 23-0 (19 KOs).
“He’s gonna be surprised though, for sure,” said the five-foot-five-and-a-half-inch Davis in an interview with Fight Hub via Boxing Social, about the much taller five-foot-10 Garcia.
“His reach is not that much longer than mine, so he needs to shut the hell up. Looking back on it, he looks good against people that he’s supposed to look good against. I’ve never seen somebody that he fought or somebody that he sparred that’s come out and said he’s, like, top level.”
Davis recently saw action in the squared circle in January. He stopped Hector Luis Garcia in the eighth round in Washington, D.C. Ryan defeated Luke Campbell to win the WBC lightweight interim title in January 2021. He skipped a tune-up with Mercito Gesta this past January to focus solely on Davis. Ryan’s last fight was a knockout against Javier Fortuna last July.
“I’m here to win, and I promise you that I have heart and determination like you’ve never seen before,” Garcia said at a press conference in Los Angeles. “Tank likes to fight guys that don’t hit hard, but I hit hard. When I hit you with that left hook, you’re gonna be on the floor. Asleep. Good night.”
Garcia will be working under the watchful eye of trainer Joe Goossen for the contest with Davis. As for Davis, he will have other issues to tend to after the fight with Garcia. In February, Davis pled guilty to four traffic violations involving a hit-and-run incident in November of 2020: leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failing to notify of property damage, driving with a revoked license, and running a red light.
Davis is believed to have left the scene of an accident involving several people, including a pregnant woman. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 5 and is facing up to seven years in prison.