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Paul Malignaggi Doubts Ryan Garcia's approach ahead of Tank Showdown

The former two-division champ, Paulie Malignaggi has raised questions over Ryan Garcia’s tactics ahead of his mouth-watering clash with Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.

Garcia is rumoured to face Tank in a highly anticipated lightweight match on April 15. It is after quite a while that boxing fans will have a fight they desperately want to see. But Malignaggi feels it could prove to be a one-sided affair.

Malignaggi argued that Garcia lacks the substance and the motivation to excel at this stage. He believes the Californian is less interested in what is happening inside the ring which could prove to be fatal against the quality of Tank.

The 24-year-old Garcia has only one notable name on his resume so far where he had to struggle hard to get over the line. Garcia had to dig deep and rise from the canvas to defeat Britain’s Luke Campbell in 2021. But after that, he is somewhat gone missing.

Malignaggi feels Tank is more willing to get into trenches and bring himself up from there to the victory stand. Davis grappled hard with the likes of Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz, Rolando Romero and Hector Garcia but he never gave up easily.

But unlike Tank, Garcia is more of a showman outside the ring, hanging out with the likes of Paul brothers. Malignaggi believes that Garcia’s attitude could prove to be the reason for his downfall.

“I’m not quite sure about Ryan’s mentality. I haven’t seen enough of it to know that it’s bonafide and it’s legit,” said Paulie Malignaggi to ESNEWS about the Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia match that still needs to be negotiated for April.

“I know that Gervonta’s mentality is bonafide and legit. He’s been in there and been in a dog fight. Against guys like Pitbull, he fought. He was behind against Rolly, but stayed calm and knocked him out.”

It will be interesting to see how Garcia copes with Tank’s superior ring IQ when the two meet each other in the coming April.


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