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“You Can’t Ever Underestimate Ryan’s Power”: Roy Jones Jr. Reminds Gervonta Davis He’s Not the Only Power Puncher in His Next Fight

Published 03/31/2023, 1:43 PM EDT

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In another three weeks, two of the biggest names in the Lightweight division will face the other in what is touted as a classic clash of styles. On the one hand, from Baltimore, Maryland, there’s Gervonta Davis, a switch-hitter with a perennial southpaw stance, relying on a devastating punching power. At the other end, there’s Ryan Garcia, the boxer-puncher from California known for his lightning-fast punches. However, neither of the boxers can afford to take the opponent lightly. Former champion Roy Jones Jr. foresees a great bout.

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The heated press conference, or for that matter, the weight, food, and water specifications, have become the town’s talks and adding to the overall hype around the fight. The boxers, on their part, haven’t faced a defeat in their careers. They boast skills that helped them scale heights and demolish one opponent after the other.

However, an effective 93% knockout-to-win rate and ferocious reputation for early stoppages lend Davis an educated upper hand over his younger rival with an 83% knockout-to-win rate. Moreover, in the past, ‘Tank’ has fought and outboxed high-caliber boxers such as Yuriorkis Gamboa, Leo Santa Cruz, Isaac Cruz, and Rolando Romero. So coupled with his capabilities, is it easy to assume he would get a walkover from Garcia?


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Ryan Garcia can pull off a surprise, cautions Roy Jones Jr.

If Gervonta Davis hazards such a guess, then a word of caution from former world champion and one of boxing’s all-time greats, Roy Jones Jr., may be helpful.

@fighthub uploaded a short video of Jones Jr. talking about the big fight. The living legend states, “You can’t ever underestimate Ryan’s power. Ryan is sharp, he’s quick, and he’s very good, fast muscle. Ryan has to get out and get an early lead. Use his long-range to keep Tank at bay. Use the sharp, straight punch to keep Tank outside.


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So from Garcia’s end, damage to ‘Tank’ in the early rounds would go a long way in sealing a victory. It would help the former derive some advantage during the last few rounds. In a way, that would apply pressure on Davis to stay ‘fresh and conserve himself.‘ First, ‘KingRy’ must keep himself out of harm’s way. Then he could outmaneuver the Baltimorean by the second half of the bout.

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I think it’s an even good fight. Ryan Garcia has a very good chance in that fight to win.” Jones Jr. told the DAZN Boxing Show.


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What is your take on the fight? Who is your favorite to win between Davis and Garcia? Then, do let us know in the comments below.



Jaideep R Unnithan

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After completing 18 years in the corporate sector, Jaideep decided to make a move out of the comfort zone and follow his heart's calling to becoming a writer. His understanding of Boxing began with Iron Mike's debut as an 18 year old in 1985. Like anyone and everyone else, he holds Muhammad Ali as the greatest, though his personal favorite remains the 'PacMan' Manny Pacquiao for his speed and sheer toughness.

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