Ryan Garcia dismantles Javier Fortuna, calls out Gervonta Davis for potential super fight at 140lbs

Ryan Garcia looked fantastic on Saturday in his 6-round destruction of Javier Fortuna in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

Four years ago, Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis were all rookie lightweights with oversized personalities brimming with talent.

Speed, power, quickness, intelligence, charisma, punching accuracy, courage – you name it, this quartet had it all.

And now they’re in their prime and it’s time for them to be the modern version of the Four Kings. Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran became known in the 1980s as “The Four Kings”, largely because of their ethereal talent and willingness to fight anyone, anywhere and anytime to prove they were the best.

The same legendary-status opportunity now awaits Garcia, Davis, Haney and Lopez. They’re 94-1 with 72 knockouts and they’ve basically put themselves head and shoulders above the rest of the field.

It’s time for them to fight.

Garcia did his part on Saturday, dismantling former champion Javier Fortuna by dropping him three times and knocking him out 27 seconds into the sixth round of a fight he was controlling every second.

Fortuna called for the fight to be 140, not 135, because he admitted he couldn’t do 135. And he was a big 157 in the ring after rehydrating. It was slower and not as snappy as it had been in the past.

But it didn’t matter. Fortuna in his prime would have stood no chance against the Garcia who entered the ring at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Haney is the undisputed lightweight champion, while Davis owns a secondary belt. But Garcia called Davis, who is seventh on the Yahoo Sports pound-for-pound list, for his next fight.

It’s a fantastic fight that should be done. Of course, the issues between Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions and broadcasters DAZN and Showtime will make it a high-tension act to do so.

But they are great fighters in their primes that both sell arenas. They want to fight.

This is a fight that should be done because it has the potential to be the one we talk about for decades.

Garcia’s hand speed was evident on Saturday, even though Fortuna didn’t show him the respect he should have. coming in great shape. He was slow and chubby and out of his league.

He was dropped three times, once in the fourth with a nasty left hook to the body that was reminiscent of Micky Ward’s best punches. He then laid down Fortuna with a left to the head in the fifth and stopped him with another left to the head in the sixth.

Fortuna knelt down and spat out the mouthpiece, a telltale sign of surrender. Referee Jerry Cantu counted to 10 to give Garcia the win.

Ryan Garcia celebrates after defeating Javier Fortuna in the sixth round of a lightweight boxing match on Saturday July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

After his victory over Javier Fortuna, a fight between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis would be massive. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu)

“I hit hard,” Garcia said. “It doesn’t take much to hurt someone.”

But Davis is one of the best fighters in the world and would definitely be ready if he fought Garcia. Yahoo Sports texted Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions to see if he would be interested in a Garcia-Davis fight, but he did not respond.

Davis would likely be the favorite in this fight, as he is superior to anyone Garcia has fought, but the fight would be in-ring madness. Each has a strong and supportive fanbase and it’s a fight that would sell out any arena it was in and likely top 500,000 on pay-per-view.

What else would it take to make it a reality?

Garcia did his part by looking spectacular in the ring and then only mentioning Davis’ name afterwards. He said he would never go back to lightweight because he outgrew the division, so he challenged Davis to a fight at 140.

Davis stopped Mario Barrios for a secondary 140-pound title on June 26, 2021, so he knows the super lightweight division pretty well.

Davis needs Garcia as much as Garcia needs him. DAZN broadcasters repeatedly called Garcia a superstar on Saturday, and while he has superstar potential, he has yet to reach that level.

It will take a top-tier victory over one of the other modern-day Four Kings to put him there. Beat Davis next time and yes, anyone at that time who doesn’t recognize Garcia as a superstar is a hater. But it goes both ways, and so does Davis.

There have already been so many great fights in 2022 and the promise of a whole lot more exists. Talks are moving forward promisingly to set up a fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford for the undisputed welterweight title.

Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin will meet in September for the undisputed super middleweight title.

And what a way it would be to end the year if Davis and Garcia met in a mega-event at 140 pounds.

Who cares if it’s for a seat belt? These groups are more of a problem than a solution.

It’s the fight, and the fighters that count.

And it wouldn’t be better than a super lightweight battle between Garcia and Davis.

“Where there is a will, there is a way,” Garcia said.

Amen.

Do it without delay.

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