Fresh off his biggest career win, WBC interim-lightweight champion Ryan Garcia pushing hard for a showdown with WBA ‘regular’ super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis.
This past Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Garcia got decked in the second round, but fully recovered to score a brutal body shot knockout of 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell in the seventh round.
The victory solidified his position as a legitimate player in the weight class – after many critics felt he was nothing more than a hyped up social media personality.
After that contest with Campbell was over, Garcia demanded a fight with Davis.
He sent an urgent message to Davis in a recent interview, attempting to apply pressure to make the fight happen.
“If you do not take this next fight from me, you will not be remembered. Your legacy will forever be tainted if you do not accept this fight,” Garcia stated to TMZ Sports. “It’s the most important fight to boxing right now.”
While many believe Garcia, 22-years-old, is not ready for a fighter like Davis, the rising star is very confident in his ability to win.
He expects the fight with Davis, 26-years-old, to last no more than two rounds.
“I don’t have time for celebrations. I’m on one mission. I’m on a mission to knock out Gervonta Davis in two rounds … This man will go down. Two rounds — that’s a promise,” Garcia said.
“This is the fight. Joshua needs to fight Fury and I need to fight Gervonta. That’s it! We need to get this on. I’m going for it! This is it!”
Davis was last seen in action back in October, when he pulled off a sensational one-punch knockout of the very durable Leo Santa Cruz, which also took place in Texas.
Another possible option for Garcia is a mandatory fight with full WBC champion Devin Haney. The World Boxing Council is planning to order that contest in the very near future.