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Shakur Stevenson believes Ryan Garcia lacks the IQ to beat Tank


Fans have already started counting down the days by grabbing their diaries. Ryan Garcia and Gervonta "Tank" Davis will square off on April 22nd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a catchweight of 136 pounds. Both fighters will be putting their perfect records on the line.


Davis started out as the clear favourite when their tantalising match was made official. The Baltimore resident is expected to handle business, according to Shakur Stevenson.


“Tank,” said Stevenson to 210 Boxing TV when asked to give a prediction. “I think Tank is on a different level.”


Most of the time, Davis' destructive knockout ability has proven to be far too much for his opponents. A shot at Davis earlier this year went to Hector Luis Garcia, who was cocky in his assurance and stern in the conviction in his chin. The former Olympian sauntered into their matchup with confidence after an impressive 2022. However, only a few rounds later, the 31-year-old was stopped in the ninth round, sharing Davis' fate with the bulk of his rivals.


Ryan Garcia isn't giving up despite everything. The California product has repeatedly demonstrated that, despite the 24-year-old packing a powerful punch of his own, he'll make things appear relatively simple against his opponent.


Stevenson, however, isn't precisely a believer. Garcia appears to be the total deal in terms of his physical attributes. His quickness? A blur. His strength? Concussive. But according to Stevenson, none of the aforementioned characteristics will ultimately be decisive. Instead, Garcia's failure will eventually be caused by what is, or is not, going on in his head.


“Ryan don’t have the IQ, the defense. I just think Tank's IQ is better than Ryan’s for sure. You gotta make him earn everything. Ryan, it don’t look like he’s the type of fighter that’s gonna make him earn anything. It’s all gonna be given to him. Once he gets that shot, it’s over with.”

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