By Adam Baskin: Andre Ward has given Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis a shot against the young, inexperienced Ryan Garcia if/when the two meet for their mega fight.
Ward was a little disappointed about the delay in negotiations for the Davis vs. Ryan, and wants to wrap up the conversation like boxing fans do.
In a sign that we may not be seeing Tank-Ryan anytime soon, Showtime Executive Stephen Espinoza revealed on Thursday that Mayweather Promotions & PBC wants Ryan to jump from DAZN to his network for the Tank Davis fight.
Since the chances of that happening are zero, the hope is that Mayweather Promotions & PBC are willing to make it two promotions so the fight can happen.
DAZN wants to show the fight again, which is understandable because it will bring good numbers. Obviously, with the Davis vs. Garcia is shared between two networks, he won’t bring as many numbers as he could if he was a single network event.
“I don’t know what will happen. I can’t call it, bro. I just wait and see. I’m tired of hearing about it,” said Andre Ward for Fighthype about the Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis vs. Ryan Garcia fight.
“If they’re going to do it, lock it up, but there’s only so much you can do about it,” Ward said of the Tank-Ryan fight. “But for me, being a vet in the game, every back and forth is good.
“Everyday fans and all that stuff, they love that kind of stuff. I love it too, but after a while, sign the contract and move on.
“I’ll give Tank a fair chance based on experience and full power. Ryan also has power, but if you have to lean, maybe Gervonta. We’ll see what happens,” said Ward.
“I think it’s more than 60-40. The reason it’s 60-40 is because Gervonta has the skills. He’s been there a lot,” David Benavidez told Fighthype, giving Tank Davis a chance to beat Ryan.
“I think the star player is Ryan Garcia, but for boxing, the one who has experience and is a real boxer, is Gervonta Davis. He has had time in the gym and in big fights where he has gone deep. He has shown that he can still take people out in the next round.
“Ryan Garcia, I still want to see him fight strong opposition. I still think he’s a great fighter. He can make anything happen. He’s got a great left hook and great speed. I like how he uses away too. Many people don’t pay attention to it.
“He moves his feet and keeps his distance very well. It will be a big fight. If you see a boxing star, they don’t blossom until they’re 28. Like Canelo. After his first fight with Golovkin, that’s when his career took off.
“Errol Spence, when he was better than Mikey, that’s when his career took off. He was 28, 29 years old. Crawford, when he fought Gamboa, he was 27, 28 years old. I turned 26 this year. I feel everything. moving at his own pace. I feel like I’m impatient.
“If I keep working hard and stay motivated, I feel like I’m going to be here a long time.
“A perfect example is the way he fought Rolly. Rolly was landing some really good shots. I think Rolly hurt him twice. He moved, boxed, and set his gloves. He threw his check from the corner. , then he went around.
“That’s what will help him. His boxing IQ, using the ring. You can sit there and play, and the strongest will win. The man who sets you up with feints will set you up with traps.
“Come here, hit you, then go over there. It’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
“Keep your distance. I think he should keep his distance, jab, look for that hook, and throw a lot of body shots,” said Benavidez when asked what Ryan Garcia should do to defeat Tank Davis.
“If he lands that body on Luke Campbell, it’s a good night. It’s going to be a little easier to land a left hook to the body because Gervonta’s left jab is actually right in front of that left hook. So it’s close, and it’s easy to hit.
“Yes, that’s what I feel [Ryan] should be focused on. His combinations, his jabs, and body shots.
“I feel like because of the talent they have, Errol Spence and Terence Crawford. That will be the most interesting fight, but I feel like the fight that will bring more fans is Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis.
“This pay-per-view is going to be crazy. This is going to be a pay-per-view that sells a lot. Both of them are going to sell a lot and be fights in the future. I’m excited to see how we do live,” said Benavidez.