Via Sean Jones: Ryan Garcia rates former three-belt champion Vasily Lomachenko as #1 at 135 and current undisputed champion George Kambosos Jr at #2 in the tournament despite holding four belts.
Interestingly, King Ryan has Devin Haney and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis together at number 3 in his ranking.
Invincible Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) is in talks to fight Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz for April on DAZN. If that fight happens, we’ll see if Ryan is among the top 135-pound athletes of the tournament.
Picking Pitbull Cruz (22-2-1, 15 KOs) was a bold move by Ryan and his promoters at Golden Boy Promotion, but it shows how serious he is when it comes to wanting to show his fans. The grave finds that he is not a sick commando who pulls out of wars at a time that informs one thing or the other.
If Ryan beats Pitbull Cruz in style, it will be a long way toward reviving his career as many fans have abandoned the 23-year-old, viewing him as a loser.
Even Pitbull says he finds Ryan more focused on Instagram and posting videos than his boxing career.
Ryan Garcia’s top five rankings at lightweight:
1. Vasily Lomachenko
2. George Kambosos Jr.
3. Devin Haney & Gervonta ‘The Tank’ Davis
“Loma #1. Then I’ll give Kambosos #2 and Devin and Tank a bounce. Both had pretty mediocre performances,” Ryan Garcia told World boxing news ranking of the top lightweight devices
It would be great if Kambosos chose Lomachenko as the next battle. That way, fans can find out if his win over injured Teofimo Lopez is because he’s a great talent or if it was a situation where he took advantage of a boxer who should have been hospitalized. on that night of November 27.
Unfortunately, the chances of Kambosos promoter Lou DiBella picking Lomachenko as his next opponent are slim.
DiBella knew what would happen if he let Lomachenko fight the Kambosos, so he wouldn’t bother entertaining that fight unless it was coerced with the World Boxing Organization’s orders. Kambosos won’t stand a chance against Lomachenko because he’s a much better boxer, and he won’t get injured and lose weight like Teofimo.
The inclusion of Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) is questionable for Ryan in beating the Australian in 2nd place as he has only one win against a reliable boxer in the competition. his career, and that was before an injury and weight loss Teofimo Lopez Jr. in November of last year.
That win was not proof that Kambosos was in 2nd place in lightweight because of the way Teofimo looked in that match; he would be defeated by multiple fighters from both the 135th and 130-lb divisions.
“Close fight. I still give it to Tank for a round or two,” Ryan said of Gervonta’s narrow win over Pitbull Cruz on December 5. “I think the Tanks paid too much respect to him in the opening rounds.
“For some reason, he was trying to beat him when it was in my mind – and I didn’t want to give up my game plan – but just knew it wouldn’t be much of that because he was aggressive. , but what can active fighters do go backwards?
“No. And I think once Tank had pressured him, what happened? He looked like he was going to get him out of there until Tank, I guess, injured him.”
The reason why Tank Davis punched Pitbull Cruz was that he took too much internal punishment, and he weakened from the body blows.
Had Tank not started boxing Cruz in the second half of the bout, he would have been knocked out. It would be a good idea for Ryan to learn from Tank Davis’s performance that it was unwise for him to take out Cruz.
Garcia, who is currently inactive for a full year, is not among the top boxers in the 135-lb class due to the 12 months he’s sat on the sidelines since his win over Luke Campbell in January 2021.