We analyse the credentials of two of the biggest names in world boxing as the pair get set for their hotly anticipated Sin City dust-up in the early hours of Sunday, April 23.
There is no world title at stake, the fight will take place at a catchweight of 136lbs, and the winner will be dubbed ‘The Face of Boxing’.
It doesn’t matter what Gervonta Davis (2/5) v Ryan Garcia (7/4) has attached to it, because on April 23 the eyes of the sporting world will hone in on fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada to watch them do battle.
A fight that was, for many, deemed impossible to make, has been made and victory for either will propel their stardom to an entirely new level.
Davis is the street kid from Baltimore, who has transformed himself into one of boxing’s most devastating fighters. Garcia is the California dream with pop star looks and mean intentions.
Their forthcoming bout falls under that rarely used term in boxing - ‘Super-Fight’.
The duel at the T-Mobile Arena will see celebrities from far and wide in attendance, and serve as a timely reminder of just what boxing can look like when politics are brushed to one side and the best are allowed to fight the best.
Will the Baltimore ‘Tank’ seek and destroy once again or will the Californian ‘King Ry’ take the throne he believes is his? Everyone will be watching...
|Gervonta Davis (2/5)
|Ryan Garcia (7/4)
|28-0 (26 KOs)
|23-0 (19 KOs)
|IBF & WBA Super Featherweight, WBA Lightweight
|TKO win v Hector Garcia (Jan 23)
|KO win v Javier Fortuna (Jul 2022)
Make no mistake about it, the hard-hitting Davis has the capability of punching holes in any - including his forthcoming opponent, Garcia.
You can witness his power by simply watching one of the many highlight reels online, but one thing he has got to do to get the outcome he so dearly craves on fight night is to start off quickly!
‘Tank’ can take a round or two to find his feet, but in a fight of this magnitude he may not get a chance to, because Garcia will be desperate to assert his size advantage right from the first bell.
Davis has averaged over six and a half rounds since fighting in 12-round bouts and is 11/1 to win at the halfway stage, and whilst there is value in that, given the power he possesses, we absolutely shouldn't be ruling out a tentative affair going the distance with so much riding on it.
Neither fighter has been tested as much as they will be in Vegas, and the big question that will be answered on the night is who can impose themselves quickest and hardest on the fight?
The ‘Tank’ speed of attack can be devastating but is Garcia good enough to unleash his lightning left hook and neutralize him? We will soon find out!
I can’t shake the thought that Davis has more to his armoury than Garcia, and his deadly combinations to body and head may cause the kind of damage that pays off later in the fight - a Davis win between 'Round 10-12' pays out at 13/2.
|Tendency to be reckless
|Can be troubled by left hooks
|Troubles outside the ring
|Occasional slow starter
This is the fight that Ryan Garcia has sought for years - a money-spinning PPV blockbuster with 'Tank' Davis.
His confidence is infectious, and the 24-year-old has barely put a foot wrong throughout his professional career to date - other than being knocked down by Luke Campbell in January 2021.
The British Olympian was never renowned for his punching power, so there is every reason to believe that one of Davis' skull-shakers could end this fight early.
But Garcia has his own strengths that will pose very serious questions to his opponent too.
He will most definitely look to utilise his clear size and reach advantage, whilst his ridiculous hand speed and left hook could very well be pivotal to the outcome of the bout. But will it be enough?
Under the tutelage of Joe Goossen, having left 's trainer Eddy Reynoso last year, improvements have been made to Garcia’s defence - and he has to be so astute with his back-foot work if he is to reign supreme.
If that is the case, then a new and improved ‘King Ry’ has what it takes to win this fight on points (15/2).
That said, I don’t believe Garcia will play this fight safe, however. Yes. he may respect the power of ‘Tank’, but he doesn’t fear it. At some point, whether it is early on or late, he will have to play risk and reward to try and get the job done inside the distance, which is priced up at 3/1.
For me, Garcia has more questions than Davis to answer, and I believe he will try to provide answers quickly - thus leaving himself open to that devastating Davis counter.
|Blistering hand speed
|Trademark left hook
|Ignores defence at times
|All-round good skillset
|Gets carried away with power shots
|Lacks the elite skillset of Davis