By Jeff Arono: Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KO) called out Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis on social media on Wednesday, saying he wants a fight with her before the end of the year.
Ryan will need to talk a lot to get Gervona and his promoters involved in the fight as he has lost a lot of popularity due to his exit from his fight with Javier Fortuna.
Young ‘King’ Ryan, 22, was scheduled to fight Fortuna on July 9, but then backtracked, saying he had “anxiety” problems.
Tank Davis (25-0, 24 KO) has drawn attention from the boxing world with his eleventh-round knockout win over WBA ‘regular’ 140-lb champion Mario Barrios last weekend, apparently spurring Ryan Garcia’s win over him. Interest in fighting has increased.
Last year, 22-year-old Ryan repeatedly called out Tank Davis on social media and said during interviews that he wanted to fight her.
Oddly, when Davis, his management at the Mayweather promotion, was ready to put up a fight, Ryan changed his mind and said he would fight Manny Pacquiao.
This is the only fight I want, would love to do that this year!! You know this Leonard!! https://t.co/Iph3olWi3L
— Ryan Garcia (@RyanGarcia) June 30, 2021
Gervonta Davis has become a star: DiBella
“Mario Barrios hung out with Gervonta Davis, which I expected and Davis held him late,” Lou DiBella told secondout. “I think he is [Gevonta] A very strong fighter, he has got the style to come forward.
“For good or bad, you care about him. He’s got the element where people care about him. He has that star quality in him.
“In the ring itself, it’s hard not to like him. He’s a charmingly charismatic fighter. He’s a very aggressive physically strong little boy.
“I don’t think 140 is here. He is, but I think he’ll continue to gain at that weight. I think his right weight for him right now is 135.”
“Frankly, at 135 years old, I’d love to see him in the mix Heinez, Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garia. This is a tremendous potential weight category for major matches.
“Davis did what he should have done. Look, he keeps selling tickets too. It was a huge crowd in Atlanta. He’s clearly become a major star.
“Black communities partly have rap star status in major cities.
“He’s a draw and good for him. It was a pleasing performance. I think most people watching that fight were entertained,” DiBella said.
For Gervonta to become a nationwide star in the United States, he’ll need to fight people like Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, Vasily Lomachenko, Devin Haney, and Regis Progress.
The question is, will the tank fight non-PBC and Mayweather promotion fighters? If Floyd Mayweather Jr. was serious about tanking last Saturday only to be matched against PBC and Mayweather promotion fighters, he might forget about fighting any of those big names.
To put it another way, we’ll continue to see Tank match up with guys like Mario Barrios, Euryarchis Gamboa, and Leo Santa Cruz. Davis will be matched with old men and no-name fighters.
Barrios was a nameless fighter the night before last Saturday. He is now known, but only because he fought with tanks. He was dead weight in promoting tank fighting, contributing little to increasing interest in the conflict.
Tank Davis has become an attraction in some of the East Coast cities in Baltimore and Atlanta. He hasn’t shown that he’s a star on the West Coast of California, Las Vegas, or the Midwest of Texas.
Honey and Progress Alternatives to Tank Davis
“It depends on the opponents,” DiBella said on whether Gervonta could develop into an attraction if he only fought PBC opponents.
“Also, PBC antagonists, and the PBC universe is liquid. So it depends on who flows in and out. Regis Prograis doesn’t have a contract with anyone right now.
“Will I pay for the Davis-Progress fight right now? Yes I will. It depends on what weight class he does.”
“There will be more opportunities at 140 than at 135 within the PBC universe. Obviously, none of the major names out of 135 are aligned with PBC yet.
“Isn’t Devin Haney a free agent right now? Honey and Gervonta have a big pay-per-view right now. Gervonta is clearly the A-side, and I don’t think Haney is fighting a fight for less money.
“But if Haney wanted that fight right now, he’d have to fight for a lot less money because that’s not the draw that Davis is.
“It’s just business fact. He might not like it if he’s Team Honey, but it’s business fact,” DiBella said.
WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haney at 135 would be an excellent fight for Tank Davis, especially with him being a free agent.
However, Honey is not a big name right now when compared to other fighters like Ryan Garcia and Teofimo Lopez. It makes more sense to try to match Tank Davis with Ryan, Teofimo, or Vasily Lomachenko for the Mayweather promotion than Haney.
Former WBA Light Welterweight Champion Regis Progress (26-1, 22 KO) would make more noise for Gervonta than Haney because he’s an excellent trash-talker and has been around for a while.
Progress will help sell Tank Fighting with their social media presence and their ability to generate interest with interviews.
With that said, Progis is a much tougher fight for Gervonta Davis than for light-hitting Haney. It will not be easy for Gervonta to beat Progress and he may lose.
We all saw Floyd Mayweather Jr. had to give a loud speech to the tank before the eighth round last Saturday night when things were looking shaky for him against Mario Barrios.
If Tank clashes against Barrios, what do you think would happen if he fought Progress? It matters what Mayweather says to the tank in the middle of the round if he does fight with Progress. If the tank goes right in progress, it can be taken out with a body shot.