4 years in the past, Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis have been all fledgling lightweights with outsized personalities who have been overflowing with expertise.
Pace, energy, quickness, intelligence, charisma, punching accuracy, braveness — you identify it, this quartet had all of it.
And now they’re of their prime and it is time for them to be the trendy model of the 4 Kings. Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran collectively turned recognized within the Eighties as “The 4 Kings,” largely due to their ethereal expertise and their willingness to struggle anybody, wherever at any time to show they have been the most effective.
The identical alternative at legendary standing now awaits Garcia, Davis, Haney and Lopez. They’re 94-1 with 72 knockouts they usually’ve principally put themselves head and shoulders above the remainder of the sector.
It is time for them to struggle one another.
Garcia did his half on Saturday, dismantling former champion Javier Fortuna by dropping him 3 times and knocking him out 27 seconds into the sixth spherical of a struggle he managed for each second.
Fortuna requested for the struggle to be at 140, not 135, as a result of he admitted he could not make 135. And he was a pudgy 157 within the ring after rehydrating. He was slower and never as sharp as he’d been up to now.
However it mattered little. Fortuna at his peak would have had no probability in opposition to the Garcia who entered the ring on the Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Haney is the undisputed light-weight champion, whereas Davis owns a secondary belt. However Garcia referred to as out Davis, who’s seventh on the Yahoo Sports activities pound-for-pound record, for his subsequent struggle.
It is a unbelievable struggle that must be made. In fact, the problems between Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions and the broadcasters DAZN and Showtime will make it a high-wire act to get it carried out.
However these are nice fighters of their prime who each promote out arenas. They need to struggle one another.
It is a struggle that must be made as a result of it has the potential to be one which has been talked about for many years.
Garcia’s hand pace was evident on Saturday, though Fortuna did not present him the respect he ought to have. by coming in fine condition. He was gradual and pudgy and out of his league.
He was dropped 3 times, as soon as within the fourth with a depraved left hook to the physique that was harking back to Micky Ward’s greatest physique punches. He then put Fortuna down with a left to the top within the fifth and stopped him with one other left to the top within the sixth.
Fortuna went to a knee and spit out the mouthpiece, a telltale signal of give up. Referee Jerry Cantu counted to 10 to provide Garcia the win.
“I hit laborious,” Garcia mentioned. “It would not take lots for me to harm somebody.”
However Davis is among the greatest fighters on the planet and would definitely be prepared if and when he fought Garcia. Yahoo Sports activities texted Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions to see if he could be focused on a Garcia-Davis struggle, however he failed to reply.
Davis would probably be the favourite in that struggle, as he is ranges above anybody Garcia has fought, however the struggle could be insanity within the ring. Every has a powerful and supportive fan base and this can be a struggle that will promote out no matter enviornment it was in and would most likely surpass 500,000 on pay-per-view.
What else would want to occur to make it a actuality?
Garcia did his half by wanting spectacular within the ring after which mentioning solely Davis’ identify afterwards. He mentioned he’ll by no means return to light-weight as a result of he is outgrown the division so he challenged Davis to a struggle at 140.
Davis stopped Mario Barrios for a secondary 140-pound title on June 26, 2021, so he’s a lot conversant in the tremendous light-weight division.
Davis wants Garcia simply as a lot as Garcia wants him. DAZN’s broadcasters repeatedly referred to Garcia as a celebrity on Saturday, and though he has celebrity potential, he hasn’t hit that degree but.
It’ll take an higher echelon win over the likes of one of many different modern-day 4 Kings to place him there. Defeat Davis subsequent trip and yeah, anybody at that time who would not acknowledge Garcia as a celebrity is a hater. However it goes each methods, and the identical is true for Davis.
There have been so many nice fights in 2022 already and the promise of a slew extra exists. Talks are advancing promisingly to place collectively a bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford for the undisputed welterweight title.
Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin will meet in September for the undisputed tremendous middleweight title.
And what a means it will be to cap off the 12 months if Davis and Garcia met in a mega-event at 140 kilos.
Who cares if it is for a sanctioning physique belt? These teams are extra of an issue than an answer.
It is the struggle, and the fighters that matter.
And it would not get significantly better than a brilliant light-weight battle between Garcia and Davis.
“The place there is a will, there is a means,” Garcia mentioned.
Make it occur immediately.