Ryan Garcia on the loss vs. Gervonta Davis: I was giving him too much respect
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Ryan Garcia failed to achieve his goal and was defeated by Gervonta Davis after a knockout in the 7th round. Although there was a lot of 'trash talk' and 'sparks' before the match, Garcia praised his opponent of whom he has a high opinion.
“I’m good. Tank is a great fighter, I take my hat off to him. I know we talked a lot of shit coming up in here, but he knows what it is, it’s all love at the end of the day. I was honored to be in the ring with a great fighter and I respect him a lot, and you know how the business goes.
But I want to say, you’re a good man, bro. You know how it is”. - he said, as quoted by badlefthook.com The reporters were interested in what exactly happened with Garcia, ie how the knockout happened. Garcia believes that there is not too much philosophy here.
Davis took advantage of a moment of inattention and sent a great shot. “He just caught me with a good shot. I don’t want to make no excuses, he caught me with a good shot and I just couldn’t recover, and that’s it.
That’s all I got to say. He caught me with a good body shot, snuck underneath and caught me good”.
Ryan Garcia and his return
Many believed that Garcia would return after that, but he ran out of breath. “I couldn’t breathe.
... I was gonna get back up, but I just couldn’t get up”. Garcia is aware of his mistakes and emphasized that after the match. It seems that too much respect for the opponent was the main problem. “I think I should have pressured him a little harder near the ropes.
I was giving him a little too much respect and I think that was my downfall. I think I gave him a little too much respect in the ring”.