“Your Idols Become You Rivals”: Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta Davis Training Together in Resurfaced Clip Leaves Fans Surprised

Published 11/16/2023, 12:49 AM EST

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Few names shine brighter than Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta Davis in the lightweight division. The talks of their potential clash have put their fans in a state of constant anticipation and excitement. However, a lesser-known fact about them is they used to train together and nearly started their careers together. In a surprising turn of events, a clip resurfaced online, capturing a glimpse from the past when they once trained together.

Recently, a user turned to X (formerly Twitter), sharing the clip alongside the caption that read, “Gervonta Davis training with Shakur Stevenson back in late 2016.” Both men can be seen training together for their respective fights. However, when the boxing world got its hands on the forgotten clip, a sense of surprise took over them as they took their thoughts to the comment section. 

Fans highlight mutual respect between Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta Davis


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Since the tweet started circulating on X, it has gathered over 160K views, more than 1.5K hearts, and a plethora of comments. While some remarked about their mutual respect, others expressed their surprise. 

One user suggested Shakur has always been a fan of Tank, but now he is after his fame and status.


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Another user highlighted the fact that both of them are great boxers.

Someone else urged people to stop pitting them against each other because there is no bad blood between them.

The next user dragged in Devin Haney, claiming Haney was jealous because he was not as popular as Davis and Shakur.

One user aptly highlighted that Shakur, who once looked up to Davis, is now one of his rivals.

BoMac on Shakur vs. Gervonta

While it might be true that both fighters respect each other, a potential clash between the two never fails to excite fans and experts alike. So, who better to predict a potential winner between them than Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre, a seasoned expert from the same field? While appearing in a recent interview with Fight Hype, BoMac reveals his pick.


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When asked about who would win if the potential clash were to happen, Bomack suggested it would be difficult for Shakur. However, he reasons Shakur loves challenges – he would do anything to take home the win. “That’s going to be a little trouble for him…Shakur is one of those fighters that love challenges…he will do everything he needs…to get that,” Bomac told Fight Hype.


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With the old clip resurfacing online, people are left stunned by Shakur and Davis’ mutual respect and comradery. However, the burning question is – would you like to witness a clash between ‘Tank’ and ‘Sugar’?

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Written by:

Sudeep Sinha


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Sudeep Sinha is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. With a rich background as a content writer for various companies, Sudeep's journey as a sports writer has been driven by his unwavering fascination with boxing and its multifaceted appeal. For Sudeep, boxing represents the perfect blend of athleticism, strategy, and a profound connection to the human spirit.
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Arijit Saha