Eddie Hearn is gunning for a Devin Haney versus Gervonta Davis showdown!
For WBC World lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (26-0, 15 KO’s), his biggest priority is signing on for a major fight. The Californian pugilist has repeatedly called out every top name that the division has to offer. Regrettably, none of his efforts have materialized into a tangible dustup. In order to combat this situation a bit, Haney has made himself a free agent. He was linked with Matchroom Boxing, yet recently opted not to resign when the contract expired. The general feeling was it would be easier to make a big fight if he had no promotional/network ties.
Ideally The Dream would be able to pen a bout with Regular WBA World lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (25-0, 24 KO’s). This is one of the numerous clashes that Haney has doggedly pursued. In a recent interview with ThaBoxingVoice, Hearn explained their mutual strategy for making this move.
“Being a network free agent is very dangerous unless you are a huge draw. And my advice to Devin is not, ‘oh let’s just stay a network free agent,’ but right now, at this time, it eliminates any excuses.”
“If you look at the fights for Tank Davis, its [Devin] Haney, [Teofimo] Lopez, [Ryan] Garcia, really. I mean that’s the reality. I know he can stay at 140 but look, I am a big Tank fan, I think he is a star, I think he is a great fighter and I just hope that he can have those fights. Listen, maybe he beats everybody. Maybe, but we won’t know, will we?”
GET YOUR WEIGHT UP!
Despite Haney and Hearn’s eagerness and zeal to make the bout, it appears that Tank is not so gung-ho on the matter. Historically speaking, Davis has never been overly vocal about battling Haney in the squared-circle. Yet, when recently responding to comments made by Eddie Hearn, Davis doubled down on his reluctance to stage a prizefight with The Dream.
WHAT’S THE NEXT MOVE?!
Davis is fresh off his latest victory over Mario Barrios. With the win, in which he jumped to super lightweight, Davis captured Barrios’ Regular WBA super lightweight title. If Davis choses to stay at 140 and fight the dangerous talent there, then no one would really have any room to gripe. If Tank does come back down to 135 however, and still chooses not to face Haney, that would be sad and rather disappointing.
Both Haney and Davis have firmly established that they are among the premium talent in the division. Therefore there are zero legitimate reasons why they shouldn’t be able to test their might against one another. So let’s just hope that the egos can be placed on the back burner long enough for this enticing dustup to be made.
Regardless of whom either man takes on next, 3kingboxing will be there to report the news!
By: Bakari Simpson