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Ryan Garcia mocks Gervonta Davis as Oscar De La Hoya condemns catchweight and rehydration clause


Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia squared off in the final press conference on Thursday ahead of their showdown this weekend.

“I’m ready to do what I do,” Garcia Davis warned.

As soon as Garcia suggested he could stop his opponent with a single punch, “Tank” Davis replied, “I only need one too.

Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia face off

“I’ll break your jaw, I promise!”

Davis is convinced he is the better fighter. “He doesn’t have the fundamentals at all,” he said of Garcia. “All he’s counting on is a hook.

“No defense, nothing, no footwork, no head movement.

“He has nothing.”

Their fight was made at a catchweight of 136 pounds and a rehydration clause means they can’t weigh more than 10 pounds over that limit on the morning of the fight.

Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis exchange words (Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime)
Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis exchange words (Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime)

“You looked exhausted,” Garcia said, pointing to Davis as they squared off.

His promoter, Oscar De La Hoya condemned the Davis team for these contractual demands.

“I watch Ryan and I know he’s ready. I watch Ryan’s team and they know he’s ready. I watch ‘Tank’ and he looks ready,” De La Hoya said. “But when I look at the actions of the ‘Tank team throughout the promotion, I wonder: do they really think this guy is ready?

“Variable weights and rehydration clauses, weighed in late afternoon. All of these small demands indicate a team looking to protect their fighter.

“And why would they protect their fighter, unless they think he might not be ready for this moment? I really think Tank’s team is afraid he’ll lose.”

Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia
Both fighters threaten knockouts

Davis’ promoter Leonard Ellerbe responded angrily.

“‘Tank’ Davis by knockout, like I said and maybe it’s early,” he said. “First of all, we believe in Tank a thousand percent.

“We were the A side in this situation and that’s how the A side behaves.”

Davis’s coach Calvin also said: “Oscar shoots shots. You know how it is on the A side…Be ready on Saturday night because it is.

“We are going to put fingers on someone. I don’t train for knockouts. I train for punishment. I want you to feel it. I send a message to each of them, through you .”

Joe Goosen, Garcia’s coach, did not engage in verbal warfare. “The real war will be Saturday night between two great fighters,” he said.

“It’s one of the most outstanding matches in a long time,” Goosen continued. “Ryan Garcia is one of the most talented fighters I have ever been involved with.

“I’ve never seen anyone train so hard, so focused as him.

“He’s going to bring something very special to the ring on Saturday night, I can guarantee you that.”

De La Hoya expects a new superstar to be crowned after Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia fight Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“I truly believe that the winner of this fight will be the new king of the sport.”

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