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“Anybody in the Lightweight Division Can Get It”: Gervonta Davis’ Coaches Hint at Potential Future Fights

Published 05/30/2023, 9:15 AM EDT

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Undeniably, the Devin HaneyVasiliy Lomachenko fight occupied the focus of all boxing lovers and pundits over the last ten days. So much so that even the glorious liver shot that sealed Ryan Garcia‘s fate risks being consigned to oblivion. But for those whose lives revolve around the reigning WBA Lightweight champion, it is about what’s on the cards. Gervonta Davis fought opponents in other weight divisions. However, his trainers pointed toward other fighters in the Lightweight division, who might get a chance.

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So Gervonta Davis won the vacant (regular) WBA Lightweight title in 2019 after knocking out Yuriorkis Gamboa. He has successfully defended his belt ever since, with the latest shot thwarting the Dominican Hector Garcia‘s challenge in January. The April bout, a non-title one against Ryan Garcia, took place at the catchweight of 136 lbs. Now that he closed the doors on a long pending rivalry, Davis has some options to review and decide.

Gervonta Davis has a few alternatives in hand, according to his trainers


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Devin Haney remains the undisputed champion in the lightweight division. But with the 140lbs division in his crosshairs, how much is he willing to risk in a fight with ‘Tank’ remains to be seen. Likewise, Shakur Stevenson has stepped up from Super Featherweight. But whether he will build up a portfolio through a series of fights and then take Davis could be an afterthought. Perhaps that’s why when his long-time trainers were approached with the question of what comes next for ‘Tank,’ they alluded it could be whichever way the ball bounces.

First, the reporter from Zeb Brooks Multimedia asked, “I gotta ask you all then, coach Kenny, look like you want to have that smoke with Haney, I mean with Shakur?” Then pointing towards Calvin Ford, he said, “You want Haney?” Ford replied in the affirmative that he wanted a fight with Haney.


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Now it was Coach Ellis‘ turn to respond. He said, “I want all of them. Anybody in the Lightweight division can get it.” Coach Ford clarified that if none of these fights turn up, they might have to resort to a ‘pivot move.’ In that case, the port of call would be made at Isaac Cruz‘s doorstep. Besides fellow Mexican German Meraz, Isaac Cruz remains the only boxer who took Gervonta Davis to the distance.


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However, when the reporter persisted with Ellis’ insistence on Shakur Stevenson as against Ford’s wish, he explained that it wasn’t against any particular boxer per se. According to him, only three dominate the Lightweight division, so they should clean it up for good.

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Who, in your opinion, should ‘Tank’ Davis fight next? Do share your thoughts and views with us in the comments section below.

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Jaideep R Unnithan

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Jaideep Unnithan is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. With over 400 articles authored at ES, Jaideep has built a reputation for diving deep into stories and producing detailed reports. Jaideep's passion for the sport of boxing was ignited when his father shared his experience of watching Ali vs Frazier live in the US.

Edited By: Shibu Immanuel