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STAR BOXING PREVIEW: Davis v Garcia / Rakhimov v Cordina

This weekend’s fight between undefeated superstars Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis is the biggest boxing event of the year so far and it has the boxing world on edge.

In a time where promoters are struggling to make the big fights the public want, both Davis and Garcia have broken the mould and fans worldwide will be hoping for a fight of the year contender in Las Vegas.

Hailed as the next Floyd Mayweather, the tag of greatness has followed Gervonta Davis around for his entire career. Fighting out of Baltimore, he is a fighter from the streets and his front-foot, marauding style is a product of his upbringing. Quietly spoken but often ferocious inside the ropes, ‘Tank’ has collected world titles in multiple divisions but is still waiting for a legacy defining victory.

With a record of 28-0(26KO) it’s easy to see why Davis is so highly thought of inside boxing but his lifestyle outside of the ring has threatened to derail his career more than once. In May, he will stand trial in the American courts and with that in his future, he will need to ensure he is fully focused as he takes on the biggest test of his career.

At the other end of the scale, Ryan Garcia is as impressive outside of the ring as he is inside. As a standout amateur, he turned professional with a huge amount of pressure and was ear marked as a world champion from day one. As a professional, he holds a record of (23-0 19KO) and he has faced some solid opposition, a stoppage victory over Olympic gold medallist being a particularly strong piece of form.

Stylistically, these two match up well. To counter the front-foot style of Davis, Garcia brings a wicked left hand that is at its most effective when he is allowed to counter punch. It will be a brave tactic to counter punch with someone like Gervonta Davis but Garcia has shown he won’t be intimidated in the past and that attitude is why this could be a fight of the year contender.

At Friday’s weigh in, both men met the 136lb with ease and tempers flared between the teams which has only added to the excitement. As the warm favourite (2/5), the pressure to start well will be on Gervonta Davis but he is a fighter that tends to warm into the contest and will have to be careful he doesn’t give away too many rounds to a fighter like Garcia.

Whichever way you look at this fight, it’s a very close contest in which you can make a case for both fighters. With so much power on show, it’s easy to see why people are predicting a knockout either way but one big factor being overlooked is the respect they have for each other’s skills.

With so much on the line, this could turn into a cagey, tactical affair and a price of (5/2) for fight to go the distance is appealing.

Closer to home, former IBF super featherweight champion Joe Cordina will look to reclaim his old bet against newly crowned champion, Shavkat Rakhimov. Cordina was unfairly stripped of the belt last year when he got injured so he will be keen to put on a show in front of his home fans to re-establish himself as the king of the division.

Rakhimov claimed the vacant title against Zelfa Barrett but he did show vulnerabilities in that fight that Cordina will be able to expose if he is at his best. The Welshman has under rated which he demonstrated with his one punch knockout over Kenichi Ogawa last year.

If Rakhimov hasn’t improved since beating Barrett, he will struggle to stay competitive with a fighter as good as Joe Cordina. Although this could be close early on, the class of the home fighter will begin to show in the second half of the fight and Joe Cordina by KO/TKO at (5/2) is a good bet.

JORDAN NEILD


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