March 3, 2024
All Roads Lead to Tank-Garcia: April Preview

To pretend just about anything else will be more substantial would be to engage in the greatest April fool.

April 2023’s richest struggle, lengthy anticipated, is just weeks away:

  •     04/22: 135 – TBRB #1 Gervonta Davis (28-, 26 KO) vs. #3 Ryan Garcia (23-, 19 KO)

The steadily boiling grudge match, to be contested at a catchweight a little previously mentioned the lightweight restrict as Garcia already has a foot into the deep Jr. welterweight course, will existing boxing in a relatively new model. 

Davis has been developed by way of largely attempted and real approaches: appearances on Showtime, gradual introduction to numerous main markets, and establishment as a pay back-for every-check out common. While tried using and real, they do not often function. For Davis they have as his mix of punching power and charisma has created him just one of the authentic ticket sellers in the match. His shell out-for every-see numbers have not rather exploded however. 

The pondering is Garcia could get him to that subsequent peak with a get. 

Garcia has been designed in the ring usually, with little by little enhancing opposition but a sizeable piece of his next has arrive as a result of social media channels. Pretty much none of Garcia’s fights have been obtainable on regular television retailers but he’s identified his lovers in any case.

In a fantastic earth, this could established the phase for the winner to problem the winner of the undisputed light-weight title struggle in May perhaps concerning winner Devin Haney and Vasyl Lomachenko. Perhaps it will…maybe it won’t. 

The bird in the hand in April is sufficient for now. 

It’s two younger, explosive, undefeated knockout artists. That is a tricky recipe to screw up and we’ll see how huge this fight gets by the opening bell. It’s an celebration, and boxing wants them. It comes in a moment wherever the in-ring item has been great to its fans for several months. There is rationale to think they’ve got lightning bottled.

Will we see lightning unleashed?

Heavyweight Intrigue

Whilst Davis-Garcia will produce some heavyweight box business, genuine heavyweights of notice will also be in action in April:

  • 04/15: #2 Joe Joyce (15-, 14 KO) vs. Zhilei Zhang (24-1-1, 19 KO)

Joyce has grow to be a lover beloved with his steady, battering technique and a chin of granite so significantly. Joyce-Zhang is likely to be a hoss battle for as very long as it lasts as Joyce carries on to perform towards a title shot.

April will also attribute the returns of Shakur Stevenson, Sebastian Fundora, and Mikaela Mayer as boxing attempts to preserve the momentum heading for a thus much exceptional 2023.

Additional Title Fights in April

Adult men

04/08: 122 – #2 Murodjon Akhmadaliev (11-, 8 KO, WBA/IBF) vs. #6 Marlon Tapales (36-3, 19 KO)

04/08: 112 – #2 (115) Jesse Rodriguez (17-, 11 KO) vs. Cristian Gonzalez (15-1, 5 KO) vacant WBO

04/08: 108 – Entire world Champion Kenshiro Teraji (20-1, 12 KO, Ring/WBC/WBA) vs. Anthony Olsascuaga (5-, 3 KO)

04/16: 105 – #2 Petchmanee CP Freshmart (39-1, 23 KO, WBC) vs. Yudai Shigeoka (6-, 4 KO)

04/22: 130 – #4 Joe Cordina (15-, 9 KO) vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (17–1, 14 KO, IBF)

Ladies

04/22: 147 – Sandy Ryan (5-1, 2 KO) vs. Marie Piere Houle (8–1, 2 KO) vacant WBO

Cliff Rold is the Taking care of Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the International Boxing Study Organization, and a member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America.