Will providing bulletin board material come back to haunt Ryan Garcia

About six weeks ago, Ryan Garcia agreed to take part in a 135-pound bout scheduled for July 16 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. Ever since the fight was announced, Garcia has maintained strict tunnel vision, as his eyes are focused on one man.

Dressed in a black tuxedo, Garcia had a ringside seat for the May 28 grudge match between Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Rolando “Rolly” Romero. Prior to the start of the fight, Garcia decided to make a bet with WBA/WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence, as he bet $20,000 on Rolly Romero to upset Tank Davis. Six rounds into the fight, Romero entered a counter left hand that ended his night, and that same left hand took $20,000 off Garcia’s bank account. Immediately after the fight, Garcia took to Twitter to indicate how he was going to get Tank.

A week later, Garcia was multitasking watching the Haney-Kambosos fight and tweeting his disapproval of the fight at the same time. Garcia called the undisputed lightweight championship clash a boring and disappointing match. Garcia wanted to share his thoughts on the fight with Tank Davis, and he did so by tagging Davis in a tweet in which he asked Davis, “You watching this stuff?? When we fight don’t leave it like this !!!” Davis noticed the tweet and posted the response, “Shut it!”

During the press conference held for his upcoming fight, Garcia spoke about his desire to fight Davis in the ring. “That’s all I want, that’s all I see. I don’t care about anyone else right now. The fans want it, I’m sure and I do. Garcia had more words for Davis during a recent interview with TMZ Sports when he promised to put Davis to sleep. The 23-year-old has used the last few weeks to do interviews and post on social media to show his passion, his desire and to really make it clear that he wants to beat Gervonta Davis. The problem the general public has with what Garcia is doing is based on the fact that Gervonta Davis is not Ryan Garcia’s next opponent.

On July 16, Javier Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KOs) will step into the ring intent on picking up an upset victory over Ryan Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs). Fortuna is a former world champion who has extensive amateur experience. The 32-year-old is an experienced boxer who has a bit of an awkward style, he has good power, he’s aggressive and he understands distance. Garcia has all the physical advantages such as height and reach, but Fortuna may have the mental advantage due to Garcia providing him with a significant amount of scoreboard material.

Boxing in general is a field driven by competition and the desire to be the best. Every professional boxer trains with the aim of being elite. The one thing you don’t want to give an opponent is extra motivation or fuel, but Ryan Garcia may have done that by giving material to the Fortuna scoreboard. In the sports world, billboard material consists of quotes or actions directed at the opposition in which the opposition considers it disrespectful.

Scoreboard material can add more fuel to your opponent’s fire and give them extra incentive to perform well.

Javier Fortuna should be extremely motivated based on the fact that Ryan Garcia treated Fortuna as a side note. Whenever Garcia does an interview in regards to his upcoming fight, it seems like he doesn’t give his opponent the proper attention, as it relates to Garcia constantly stating after beating Fortuna that he wants Davis. Garcia didn’t attempt to give Fortuna the type of respect where he acknowledges he wants to focus on the July 16 fight first and talk about future matchups later. Even when he’s not initiating Davis’ speech, Garcia takes the media bait and verbalizes his obsession with a boxing match with Tank Davis. What Garcia does is a form of supplying scoreboard equipment, and that’s something that should definitely galvanize Fortuna.

On paper when you analyze the logistics of the Garcia-Fortuna match, you almost have to select Ryan Garcia as a boxer to come out of this fight with a victory. Fortuna is experienced and he could capitalize on Garcia’s flaws in terms of Garcia sometimes holding his head high and throwing punches wide, but ultimately Garcia is favored to win. That being said, when you analyze sports, you also need to look at intangibles. The scoreboard material provided by Garcia is intangible as it could make Fortuna more focused and determined to win the fight.

Hopefully for Garcia, on fight night, he focuses more on his current opponent than his potential future opponent. Looking ahead is a dangerous thing, and judging by Garcia’s actions, it seems that’s exactly what he’s doing. For several weeks, he treated Fortuna like a warm-up type opponent. To neglect a competitor and treat it as a warm-up is a very dangerous thing. Fortuna’s perspective being treated as a practice opponent may seem a little harsh, but he’s a 5-foot-6 southpaw with a powerful left hand and he’s a good counter-puncher. To illustrate the possibility of it being considered a warm up judging by this description, does Fortuna remind you of someone at 135 who is on a higher level and currently resides at the top of the food chain?

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