Ryan Garcia is in high spirits ahead of his July 16 boxing match against Javier Fortuna. He is looking forward to Gervonta Davis after Fortuna.
Ryan Garcia returns to the boxing Ring vs. Javier Fortuna at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 16. While Fortuna is Garcia’s next opponent, Garcia looks ahead to a future showdown with WBA “regular” lightweight champion Gervonta Davis.
Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) is among the most promising young boxing talents. The 23-year-old from LA is young, undefeated, incredibly fast and has impressive power. His fight against Fortuna is his second in 2022. He defeated Emmanuel Tagoe in April by unanimous decision.
Prior to the Tagoe fight, Garcia had been away from boxing for 15 months. Garcia has been upfront and honest about his mental problems. During a media briefing on Thursday, June 30, he detailed how he’s been dealing with the stress of a high-profile career.
“I’ve taken steps to surround myself with people who want the best for me,” Garcia said. “People who don’t put stress and pressure on my life. I focus on what makes me happy and what songs make me happy.”
Since beating Luke Campbell in 2021, Garcia has changed coaches. He worked with Canelo Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso but now trains with Joe Goossen.
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“Joe’s consistency and work ethic never falls short,” Garcia told FanSided at the media briefing. “He’s always trying to improve or find a way to improve your game. He’s there all the time. His value ethic is second to none.”
Garcia put on a solid performance against Tagoe in his first fight with Goossen in his corner, but he was hoping for an improvement from Garcia against Fortuna. Fortuna (37-3-1. 26 KOs) is a seasoned veteran and two-time world champion, but has weaknesses.
Fortuna’s most recent loss came in 2021 via decision in 2021 to Jojo Diaz, but he won his next fight against Rafael Hernandez by Round 1 KO in February.
Despite Fortuna’s championship background, Garcia is confident he will beat Fortuna.
“I’m a great fighter,” Garcia said. “I’m going to show you the difference between me and Jojo Diaz and Robert Easter Jr. Nothing is guaranteed, but I’m 99.999% confident that I’ll take down Fortuna early.”
Garcia hasn’t been shy about who he wants to fight next if he succeeds against Fortuna. He had a name in mind – Gervonta Davis.
“I think it’s pretty obvious where we’re going once we pass Fortuna,” Garcia said. “I will be committed to fighting Gervonta Davis. We want to make the process transparent to prove to people that we want this fight. I’m trying to find ways to exploit the truth and clear up the fog.”
Garcia says his shot against Davis, who is also undefeated and one of the top young boxers in the world. Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) stopped Rolly Romero in round 6 in May. He was signed to Mayweather Promotions but is currently a freelance advertising agent.
Garcia vs. Davis has the potential for big pay-per-view numbers. Garcia said during the media briefing that he considers Davis to be the best lightweight in the world next to himself. Hopefully we’ll get the blockbuster Garcia-Davis matchup, but Garcia needs to take care of business against Fortuna first.
https://fansided.com/2022/07/05/ryan-garcia-targeting-gervonta-davis/ Ryan Garcia takes aim at Gervonta Davis after the fight against Javier Fortuna