Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia is only days away! This is a fight that has been brewing for a long time, ever since they started trading shots on social media. Now, they are finally going to settle their rivalry in the ring on April 22 in Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV.
Gervonta Davis is the WBA (Regular) lightweight champion and one of the most explosive punchers in the sport. He has a record of 26-0 with 25 knockouts, and he has stopped his last 16 opponents. He is coming off a spectacular knockout win over Hector Luis Garcia in January, where he showed his power and speed.
- Power: Davis has the most impressive combination of ability and power in the division. He’s a smooth, polished boxer with underrated defensive skills. And no one else in the division has punching power to compare to his. Watch the brutal ending of his fight with Leo Santa Cruz, where he landed a devastating uppercut that knocked out the four-division champion in the sixth round. Davis can hurt his opponents with both hands, with hooks, with straight shots and with uppercuts. He has knocked out men in every round from the first to the 12th, showing that his power is consistent and lethal.
- Speed: Davis’ speed should not be overlooked. Getting his punches out quickly is key to delivering his powerful shots. It also allows him to unleash counters that set up big finishes. He does well to get reads on opponents during the course of a fight and then flashes that speed with those pinpoint counters that force opponents to change their approach and open themselves up more to Davis’ skills. His hand speed is also complemented by his foot speed, which enables him to close the distance and cut off the ring effectively.
- Confidence: Davis has a lot of self-belief and swagger, which gives him an edge over his opponents. He is not intimidated by anyone and he is always looking to make a statement in the ring. He has faced some criticism for his real-life issues involving multiple accusations of domestic violence and another incident in which he was involved in a hit-and-run, but he has not let that affect his performance or focus in the ring. He is also willing to take on big challenges and fight anyone who stands in his way, as evidenced by his upcoming showdown with Ryan Garcia, another young superstar who has been calling him out for years.
- Experience: Davis has been boxing since he was seven years old and he has amassed a lot of experience in the sport. He had a stellar amateur career, winning a National Golden Gloves Championship in 2012, three consecutive National Silver Gloves crowns from 2006-2008, and two each in the National Junior Olympics gold medals, the National Police Athletic League, and the Ringside World Championships. He turned pro at 18 and became a world champion at 22, when he stopped Jose Pedraza in seven rounds to win the IBF junior lightweight title. He has since defended that belt three times and added the WBA super featherweight and lightweight titles to his collection. He has fought in front of big crowds and on big stages, such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, London and Baltimore. He has also shared the ring with some quality opponents, such as Santa Cruz, Pedraza, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Francisco Fonseca.
Ryan Garcia is the interim WBC lightweight champion and one of the most popular fighters in the sport. He has a record of 22-0 with 19 knockouts, and he has won his last seven fights by knockout. He is coming off a dramatic knockout win over Luke Campbell in 2021, where he overcame a knockdown and finished Campbell with a vicious body shot.
- Speed: Ryan Garcia is known for his blazing hand speed and quick reflexes. He can throw punches in rapid succession and catch his opponents off guard with his combinations. He also has great footwork and can move in and out of range with ease. His speed gives him an edge over slower and less agile fighters.
- Power: Ryan Garcia is not just fast, he is also powerful. He has a knockout ratio of 86%, which means he can end fights with one punch. He has a devastating left hook that he often uses to finish his opponents. He also has a solid right hand and a vicious body attack. His power makes him a dangerous opponent for anyone who faces him.
- Confidence: Ryan Garcia is a confident and charismatic fighter. He believes in himself and his abilities, and he is not afraid to challenge anyone in his division. He has a loyal fan base that supports him and cheers him on. He also has a strong social media presence and a flamboyant personality that attracts attention. His confidence gives him an advantage over fighters who are more timid or doubtful.
Both fighters have their strengths and weaknesses. Davis has the advantage in power and experience, but he also has some question marks about his discipline. Garcia has the advantage in speed and reach, but he also has some question marks about his chin and defense.
I think this fight will be a close and exciting one, with both fighters having their moments. I think Davis will try to pressure Garcia and land his big shots, while Garcia will try to box from the outside and use his jab and combinations. I think Garcia will start well and win some of the early rounds, but Davis will gradually close the distance and hurt Garcia with his hooks and uppercuts. I think Garcia will show heart and courage, but Davis will be too strong and relentless for him.
Tank – Garcia Prediction
My prediction is that Davis will stop Garcia by TKO in the ninth round. I think this will be a fight that will live up to the hype and deliver a great show for the boxing fans. I think this will be a fight that will elevate both fighters’ profiles and set up more big fights for them in the future.
What do you think? Who do you think will win this fight? Let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to watch Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia on April 22 on Showtime pay-per-view and DAZN pay-per-view.