The recent clash between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia was super entertaining; however, boxing critics and fans worldwide questioned his decision to stay down after he was brutally punched in the rib by Gervonta Davis. Some argue that he could stand up and fight, and some fans assumed that the match was rigged.
Eddie Hearn watched the match closely and shared his thoughts on Ryan Garcia’s decision to quit in the 7th round.
Eddie Hearn’s reaction to the 7th round stoppage
In an interview with Boxing Social, Eddie Hearn spoke about the stoppage in greater depth and explained what he would do if he was in Garcia’s spot and mentioned that Garcia could have at least gotten up.
Moreover, he makes an interesting comparison of Ryan Garcia’s previous knockdown against Luke Campbell. “I would have done the same thing. You would have done the same thing. 99% of the people would have done the same thing [as Ryan].
He’s got a damaged rib”. Hearn said as quoted by boxingnews24.com. I’m sure he’s winded, but when you look at the referees’ eyes and watch him count to ten in front of you and get up and walk to your corner like that.
You have to try and get up unless you don’t want to, and the sensible thing is to not". “I would have definitely stayed down, so I can’t criticize him in that respect. I’m just saying that you got to get up.
If you’re a fighter, you’ve got to get up. You’ve got to get up when your half bent over. He further compares the stoppage to Luke Campbell’s knockdown. “Let’s talk about Ryan Garcia’s body shot of Luke Campbell.
He folded him in half. He wasn’t on his knee going, ‘Eight, nine, ten. Okay, I’m up.’ He was rolling around on the floor and basically couldn’t breathe. So maybe Ryan should have rolled around on the floor". (Photo credit: John Locher/AP)