Devin Haney On Facing Tank: “He Don’t Want The Fight”

Devin Haney Doubts Tank Really Wants to Fight Him

Haney Accuses Davis of Avoiding The Biggest Fight in Boxing
Devin Haney (L) credit: Instgram (realdevinhaney), Gervonta Davis credit: Prince Williams/Getty Images

Haney Says Tank Davis is Avoiding The Biggest Fight in Boxing


A matchup that many in the boxing community would like to see is a showdown between newly crowned WBC junior welterweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) and current WBA Regular lightweight title holder Gervonta “Tank” Davis (29-0, 27 KOs). But Haney believes Davis is doing all he can to avoid getting in the ring with him.

MAKING EXCUSES?

Haney is coming off a dominant unanimous decision victory over Regis Prograis to win the junior welterweight title on December 9. During the post-fight news conference with the boxing media, The Dream said the following when asked about a possible fight against Davis: 

“Tank don’t want the fight because if he really wanted the fight, he would be trying to build up the fight instead of trying to knock it down . . . It’s a big fight, it’s the best fight for boxing, but he only talks down on the fight.”

Team Haney claims that the lightweight champion is selling the public a bill of goods. They contend that the Davis camp is misleading the public and accuse him of charging enormous purses against easy opposition, then shout to the hills that he’s an elite fighter.

In the lead-up to Haney’s match with Prograis, Davis teased on social media that he’s interested in fighting Haney. But most serious boxing fans took what he had to say with a grain of salt. 

The Haney clan is right in this aspect. Haney has fought the much better opposition. Davis has yet to face an A-level opponent in his prime. It’s questionable whether Davis should be considered an elite fighter. However, a Haney versus Davis battle at 140 is one of the biggest fights in the sport. 

Questionable opposition or not, Tank has emerged as a bonafide star in this sport. But over the last 12-18 months, Haney’s profile has increased significantly. He’s becoming a pay-per-view attraction.

The Dream is ready to make it happen. It would be a marquee match for 2024, and the boxing public would welcome it with open arms. At this point, there’s no reason why Davis should not seriously consider fighting him.

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