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Ryan Garcia is boxing’s reigning ‘it’ man.

A powerful amalgamation of good looks, bubbly personality and prodigious social media following have made him a more famous product than his ring resume now warrants.

So it works well enough so far.

But while casual fans might be forever distracted by bells and whistles that aren’t fights, he needs to gain legit in-ring street credence to get the needle past Kardashian-esque fame.

A one-sided defeat to Javier Fortuna – a former 130-pound second-tier title holder – on Saturday didn’t hurt the matter, via sixth-round KO. Garcia spent most of the evening in Los Angeles shooting the 33-year-old Dominican with punishing shots to the body and head, resulting in three knockdowns.

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RYAN GARCIA REMAINS UNBEATABLE

He knocks out Javier Fortuna in the 6th and goes to 23-0 😤

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The performance predictably delighted the masses in his SoCal backyard, but given that the fight hit 140 pounds and Fortuna hadn’t won a really meaningful fight in a few years, it wasn’t exactly the stuff the Hall of Fame knew for sure inductions were made.

In other words, although his record is a pristine 23-0, and he is fifth place by means of The ring at lightweight, he needs more than a few new Instagram aficionados to beat the purists.

That means his next enemy must meet a few criteria.

He should be closer to a 50/50 proposition than a 10/90. He must have had a valuable win since the start of 2021. And he’ll need to have enough skills of his own to finally let Garcia use the tools his hype men spout on.

Fortunately, there is one man who ticks all three boxes.

His name: Gervonta “Tank” Davis.

The 27-year-old Baltimore native shares space with Garcia as one of the sport’s top young talents, ranks above him in The ring’s ranks at 135 and performs with a rough-hewn ferocity while swinging highlight-producing one-shot power.

He has held belts of varying value in three weight divisions, starting as the full-fledged IBF/WBA champion at 130 pounds before “progressing” to false secondary title claims at 135 and 140.

Either way, there’s little debate about his ability, which has set a 27-0 record with 25 KOs since 2013 and brought him to the brink of true elite status – as evidenced by inclusion among the “five more here.” Could Be Easy” on Boxing Scene’s pound-for-pound top 10 last month.

In other words, he’s already everything Garcia says he wants to be.

And the battle is a promoter’s dream for several reasons.

The style clash of a lanky 5’10” right-hander and a predatory 5’6″ left-hander is particularly intriguing, as both men have shown battle-changing power to the head and body.

“King Ryan” came off the floor to stop veteran Luke Campbell from a single hook to the liver in January 2021, while Davis’ uppercut finish from triple division champion Leo Santa Cruz three months earlier was the kind that still produces an involuntary cringe. at every viewing.

The fanbase clash is equally intriguing, too, with Davis playing to packed houses in recent fights in Baltimore, Atlanta, and New York while building on a hometown that has evolved into crowds dotted with high-profile athletes and celebrities fishing for space.

Meanwhile, Garcia combines the traditional boxing that comes from his Mexican-American heritage with the new-school newcomers that make up his 1.21 million YouTube subscribers and 8.9 million Instagram followers.

Ask a teenager about Julio Cesar Chavez and you’ll get a blank stare. Ask the same teen about Garcia and you’ll get instant recognition.

And perhaps the best reason for the struggle?

Both guys seem to want it – at least if there are microphones present.

The rivalry has kept the other’s name in the mouth for the past few months. Davis has suggested that the match was made public but was rejected behind the scenes, while Garcia counters by saying that Davis has been protected by promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Indeed, Davis’ last five opponents were all clients of Mayweather Promotions or the Premier Boxing Champions stable, with which the ‘Money’s’ business is closely associated. That has led the Golden Boy Promotions buyer to suggest that the Garcia contest would be easier to make if Davis broke the ranks.

Such a split seemed imminent ahead of Davis’ fight with Rolando Romero in May, but neither the fighter nor Mayweather have provided much insight into the relationship since then. And Golden Boy reportedly upped the ante in June by pushing a “multi, multi, multi, multi-million dollar bid” toward Davis to take the fight, but got no tangible response.

As for Garcia, he repeated his “bring me Davis” mantra to the DAZN audience on Saturday, once again eager for a fight. Sirius XM host and ex-chairman of the New York Athletic Commission, Randy Gordon, told Bleacher Report that a Davis-Garcia fight alongside Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence is at the top of fans’ wish lists.

It’s a continuous soap opera on social media and between business types.

But if the rivals are who they say they are, it won’t be a wish for long.

“I’ll fight Tank next,” Garcia said. “If Tank wants it, let’s get it. I’ve got a competitive spirit in me, and you’ll see when I fight Tank Davis, and I’m going to give him a beating.”

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