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Ryan Garcia to Forgo Tune-Up Fight in Preparation for Gervonta Davis

Ryan Garcia will not take a stay-busy fight in January and instead focus his training on a planned showdown with Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Garcia revealed his plans Friday in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

“I had time to think about if I really wanted to do this,” says Garcia. “Tank has always wanted to do things that are going to make him as comfortable as he could be and as ready as he could be going into a fight. I didn’t need to tune up and I don’t need to tune up. I want to put on the biggest fights for the fans. So I’ve decided that I’m done f—— around. I’m ready to go right after Tank.”

Garcia, 24, one of boxing’s biggest young stars, had been closing in on a deal to face Mercito Gesta, a two-time title challenger. While Gesta, 35, was not considered a serious threat—he has fought just once since late 2019 and has just one win in his last three fights—he did present an opponent with similar attributes (5’7”, southpaw) as Davis and would allow Garcia, who stopped Javier Fortuna in July, to stay active. Davis will be in action on Jan. 7, when he takes on 130-pound titleholder Hector Luis Garcia.

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