Shakur Stevenson Pegged to Be Better Opponent for Gervonta Davis Than Devin Haney

Published 02/08/2024, 11:46 AM EST

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Following Devin Haney‘s triumph over Regis Prograis, tensions have escalated in the rivalry between Haney and Gervonta Davis. Fans, eager for a showdown, have fervently expressed their desire to witness a clash between Haney and Gervonta Davis. Fueling the anticipation, an intense social media exchange between the two pugilists unfolded earlier in 2024, seemingly sealing an agreement for a future bout. But the promising match-up never materialized.

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The eagerly awaited showdown faced a twist when Devin Haney disclosed that Davis hadn’t demonstrated significant interest in facing him. Now, former welterweight champion Shawn Porter has weighed in on the matter, expressing reservations about Davis taking on Haney. Porter believes that Davis has more appealing options available and will probably consider an alternative path than facing Haney.

Shawn Porter throws Gervonta Davis’ words back at him

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In a conversation with FightHype, Shawn Porter was asked about his opinions on the fallout of the fight between ‘The Dream’ and ‘Tank’. Well, Porter had a different outlook towards this, as he believed that this fight wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. He even divulged a better fight that’s already lined up for Gervonta Davis rather than taking up the bout against Haney.

Porter said, “Yeah, I mean, literally I’m throwing your words in your face. After the Mario Barrios fight, you said, ‘I’m not going back to 140’. That cuts out every big fight at 140 until he’s ready to move up. If he ain’t said he’s ready to move up, you know what I mean.” Porter, here, is referring to Davis’ comments after defeating Mario “El Azteca” Barrios in June 2021. Davis had said after the fight that he was comfortable at lightweight and would not go beyond the super lightweight division in future fights. With Haney already at Super lightweight and even planning a move up to welterweight in the future, a matchup between the two is highly improbable, according to ‘ Showtime’ Porter.

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However, Porter thinks there is another more interesting fight that Davis must consider at lightweight itself. “I still think this, Shakur Stevenson– Tank Davis fight is the best fight to be made in boxing right now, stylistically, ticket sales, the whole nine,” claimed Porter. According to him, Stevenson can put up a better fight stylistically, and this fight would be the best one to be made for now.

Devin Haney is also not one to wait around. Bill Haney, Devin’s father, has already shown an interest in his son fighting other opponents. As of last week, another fighter might’ve just opened up.

Devin Haney might face Conor Benn next

Despite his impressive 23-0 record and a recent 12-round catchweight decision win against Peter Dobson in Las Vegas, Conor Benn is already receiving calls from potential future challengers. One among them is the WBC super-lightweight champion, Devin Haney.

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Bill Haney, actively engaged in the trash-talking, while the British fighter showed no intention of backing off from the bout. Conor Benn explicitly stated, “He’s just a p***y. Who has he knocked out in his last seven fights? Yeah, he’s a flake. Sure, he’s got a good boxing IQ. He’s fast, but he’s boring. Even when I go 12 rounds, people want to watch my 12 rounds. People still say, ‘Wow, he was tough.'”

“No one ever says that about a Haney fight. He’s a good fighter, but besides that, probably in the 147-pound class, I could probably do that [fight],” emphasized the Destroyer. Currently, Haney has not officially announced his next fight, leaving numerous opportunities and potential opponents open for discussion.

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