By Chris Williams: Ryan Garcia claims he was “close” to getting back up and continuing the fight after he was knocked down by Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in the seventh round on Saturday night. Ryan (23-1, 19 KOs) is taking a lot of flak tonight after he chose not to get up after he took a knee in a delayed reaction to a body shot from Geervonta (29-0, 27 KOs) in the seventh round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ryan quitting on a knee looked bad because he didn’t look hurt.
The decision by Ryan not to at least attempt to carry on has led to a massive backlash against the famous fighter, who has over nine million Instagram followers, which some feel is the sole reason Tank gave him this fight.
There’s running discussion on social media tonight that Tank Davis could have ended the fight in the first or second rounds if he’d wanted to, but he played with Ryan as a cat plays with a toy mouse. Gervonta played with his food before he ate it up in the seventh round with a single left to the body of Kingry.
“I was close to getting up for sure,” said Ryan Garcia at the post-fight press conference when asked if he was close to getting up in the seventh round after Tank Davis dropped him with a body shot. “I mean, I don’t have no excuses. I just couldn’t get up. I’m going to 140. This fight isn’t going to deter me too much from my dream. Ryan Garcia’s loss wasn’t due rehydration clause
“I think he could have used his jab a little bit more and thrown more combinations, but I think Gervonta is a great fighter. I think the best man won tonight, and it was Gervonta,” said David Benavidez to Fight Hub TV. “He’s the top, he’s the face of boxing,” Benavidez said when asked ‘where does Gervonta go from here?’ “He’s a great fighter. I want to see him fight Haney.” “I don’t think that had anything to do with it because boxing is just about skills,” said Danny Garcia to Fight Hub TV when asked if the rehydration clause had something to do with Ryan Garcia’s loss tonight against Tank Davis. “Tank had the better skills tonight.
“There’s a lot of good fights out there for Ryan. He’s got to rebuild his career. He kind of has got to get his feet wet more. I kind of took a big leap in competition. You got to work your way up,” said Danny.