Gervonta Davis’ Next Fight: Should Ryan Garcia Step Up to Battle ‘Tank?’

Published 06/27/2021, 4:02 AM EDT


Gervonta Davis registered another highlight-reel KO for the fight fans against Mario Barrios tonight. In what was his 25 bout, ‘Tank’ earned his 24 stoppage win to claim the WBA super lightweight title from a previously unbeaten opposition.

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Despite falling short on height and reach, Davis could successfully crack his rival. Hence, the 26-year-old is now a three-weight world champion and has world titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, and super lightweight rosters.

This opens various possibilities for Davis’ upcoming move. The three titles that he has would bring various mandatory challengers. That said, ‘Tank’ can take a time off and outline his next appearance for now.

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Meanwhile, WBC Interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia looks like a favorable name to step up against ‘Tank’. Both Garcia and Davis are renowned and can garner global attention. So, the fight would make sense at 135 lbs, especially when both men are unbeaten.

Besides, Ryan Garcia had expressed his interest in facing Davis in January after his win over Luke Campbell. However, ‘KingRy’ went silent about the bout and touted a possible showdown against Manny Pacquiao. Now, as Garcia seems to have no opponents in his sight, Davis can clearly fill the void.

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Ryan Garcia even walked away from a scheduled fight against Javier Fortuna. Although Garcia has said that he is back in the flow, he hasn’t name-dropped a desired opponent. That said, Gervonta Davis’ recent opponent, Mario Barrios, may similarly face a lack of viable contenders.

Where does Mario Barrios go after losing to Gervonta Davis?

The former super lightweight champion, Mario Barrios, has suffered the maiden loss of his professional career. While many fans might see it as a huge setback, it can actually help ‘El Azteca’ secure some of the biggest fights at the moment. Akin to Barrios, Jose Ramirez has also suffered his first loss of pro-career against Josh Taylor, thereby losing his championship.

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So, Barrios vs Ramirez can be a valid matchup to resurrect one of them in the ongoing super lightweight championship ride. Meanwhile, as the division has several more A-listers, Barrios may not struggle to locate a big name.

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A fight against WBA Interim titleholder Alberto Puello can also allure ‘El Azteca’ to reappear. However, Mario Barrios needs to take some time off and analyze his in-ring setbacks before getting inside the ring again.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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