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'Gervonta Davis training to punish Ryan Garcia' says Tank's coach

Ryan Garcia and Gervonta "Tank" Davis' lightweight grudge bout is less than two weeks away.

On April 22, the showdown of unbeatens will be broadcast live on Showtime pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Davis' chief trainer Calvin Ford is developing a strategy to punish Garcia during the bout.

"Tank just needs to listen and do what he’s been doing all along. I’ve seen the journey to here a long time ago. That night is his night. We’ll walk through that fire or that desert or whatever we have to walk through," Ford said.

“I’m still looking for that fighter to bring the best out of Tank. No one has seen the best out of him yet. Coaches that have been around us for years know that people haven’t seen all that he can do. I don’t train Tank for knockouts, I train him for punishment. Hector Luis Garcia got a glimpse of it in the last fight. I want him to punish Ryan."

Garcia has a size and reach advantage.

In June 2021, Davis increased his weight to the 140-pound junior welterweight limit and defeated the much larger Mario Barrios.

Ford believes that his fighter won't use the same strategies against Garcia.

“I wouldn’t say the Mario Barrios fight is the example of how Tank fights a taller fighter like Ryan Garcia, because each fighter fights differently. He was able to handle what Barrios wanted to do, but we’ll see if that’s how Ryan wants to fight. Whatever you want to bring, you better come bring it," Davis said.

“He’s taking pages out from some of the greatest in the sport. We’ve got a lot of different people coaching different parts of his game and everyone is doing their part.”


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