By Allan Fox: Ryan Garcia says he “does not care about the belts” and only focuses on beating fighters who can give him “power and influence in boxing.”
Of course, Ryan is 100% right in his view that belts have lost importance in this boxing era.
Almost any fighter with decent talent can catch a belt if they have a cunning promoter who pulls the strings to enable them to fight for a vacant belt or win a secondary strap.
This Saturday, Ryan will face Javier Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KOs) at DAZN at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles.
That said, Fortuna could just as well be a paper prop because fans are not thrilled with this match and see him as just the B-side opponent for yet another showdown for Ryan.
Fans want to see Ryan fight Gervonta Davis, Vasyl Lomachenko, Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz and Devin Haney.
Ryan’s target against WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis is only due to the win of hitting a star. The secondary WBA belt that Tank (27-0, 25 KOs) has means nothing to undefeated 23-year-old Ryan Garcia.
Ryan says the only real way he can become a 135-year-old champion would be to defeat the undisputed champion Devin Haney as he has all the actual titles.
Beating Haney, however, would mean less to Ryan than a win over Tank Davis, as the boxing world holds higher esteem for him.
Like his predecessor George Kambosos Jr., Haney’s four belts fail to validate him in the eyes of fans as they still see Tank and Vasyl Lomachenko above him, just as they did when the Australian had all the titles.
“Excitement, wildness, grit, anger and focus,” Ryan Garcia told ABN Sports Media when asked about his thoughts on his way into his match this Saturday night against Javier Fortuna.
“You just have to do a little more research into boxing. You can not knock everyone out. It’s pretty much impossible. If a fight I do not get a knockout, cry me a river. I’m not here to please you. I’m here to win.
“Do I love knocking people out? Yes I do. So you have someone who loves to do it. But when I force it, it does not happen. I just focus on hitting him and keep hitting him.
“If he goes down, then fuck it. If he does not, okay. If you had to set odds, there is a 95.9% chance that he will be knocked out and the way he gets knocked out. There are so many different ways. It can be a left hook, it can be an uppercut, or it can be a right hand.
“He could end up on his face, his back, on his side, on his knees. There are so many options. I leave it open because you have to look truthfully at it. This guy could go into a bunch of shit.
“Yes, if I get a fight with Gervonta Davis,” Ryan said when asked if he would become world champion in 2022. “He has WBA World, so I want some kind of championship. The only way I can be champion at at 135 is if I fight Devin.
“But again, I do not care about the belts; I’m going to be honest with you. I worry about who I beat and how I feel in my heart and what that victory does for me. Beating Gervonta Davis would give me influence and power over the entire boxing community.
“Anyone who doubts it must wait until I have beaten him, for then they will see what true power is. Belts do not matter in this game. What does it matter if you put people in those places and if you are exciting and people want to see you. That is it. The people decide who is the best dog and that is it.
“No one cares about belts anymore. It’s past that time. The belts mean nothing. They have no substance anymore. Anyone can get a belt, ”Ryan said.