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Ryan Garcia explains how loss to Gervonta Davis was huge benefit to his career

Ryan Garcia explains how loss to Gervonta Davis was huge benefit to his careerGettyImages
Ryan Garcia fought Gervonta Davis last April.

One of the biggest fights of 2023 was the clash between Ryan Garcia and the hard-hitting Gervonta Davis. 

This matchup saw two of boxing's biggest stars go head-to-head in Las Vegas in a contest which generated huge interest and PPV buys. 

During his meteoric rise, Garcia frequently called out Davis and finally got his wish, but he was unable to beat "Tank" who managed to knock down Garcia twice before the fight was stopped in the seventh round. 

The loss to Davis saw Garcia receive some criticism and was branded a 'quitter' by a number of fans. 

When a fighter suffers a loss in a marquee bout, some struggle to come to terms with what transpired in the ring, but for Garcia, he has used his defeat to Davis to give himself a new lease of life and beat all of his rivals. 

“After that Tank fight, it really changed me – it awoke my competitive spirit,” Garcia told Boxing Scene

“When you’re going through a mental-health crisis, you don’t care about life, so me trying to get back into the sport and trying to be myself, it was a hard process.

"And then after the Tank fight, I woke up. I was like, ‘No I’m different. I’m about to go and destroy everybody now’.”

Garcia will aim to showcase this new competitive spirit on April 20 when he faces WBC super lightweight champion Devin Haney at the Barclays Center in New York and it will be broadcast live on DAZN

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