Ryan Garcia believes Gervonta Davis could prove to be a more straightforward task than Luke Campbell was.
Garcia faces Davis in a highly-anticipated 136lb catchweight showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 22, live on SHOWTIME pay-per-view.
The 24-year-old climbed off the canvas for the first time in his career after being heavily dropped by Campbell in the second, round before stopping the Brit with a body shot in the seventh round of their clash in January 2021.
‘King Ry’, who stands at 5ft 9”, accepts that on paper ‘Tank’, a three-weight world champion, who has knocked out all but two of his opponents, appears a tougher challenge than 2012 Olympic Gold medalist Campbell.
However, he believes his height advantage over the Baltimore man, who stands at 5ft 6”, could prove less complicated than when he fought Campbell, who is only an inch smaller than him.
“Luke Campbell, you gotta understand that it causes different problems,” Garcia said to reporters after a press conference in New York on Wednesday.
“He’s a taller fighter. His shots will hit me at a different range. [Davis] has to really come up and hit me.
“It’s much different. It’s a much different fight. So, you never know – this one may be easier.
“You just don’t know. Yes, at face value he’s the tougher fighter, you know, on paper.
“But you just don’t know. You just don’t know.”
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The unbeaten lightweight stars shared two intense face-offs during press conferences in New York and Los Angeles last week to promote their superfight five weeks on Saturday.
Davis, who is the bookies favourite heading into the clash, has had success against taller opponents in his career, including the 6ft former WBA super lightweight champion, Mario Barrios who he stopped in 11 rounds in June 2021.
The 28-year-old, who knocked out Hector Luis Garcia in January, said he had no concerns over the height disparity and even claimed his rival was shorter than he initially thought after seeing him in the flesh.
“First face-off? He’s not as tall as I thought he was,” Davis said.
“That’s the only thing.
“I thought he was taller than that.”