With the 135lb lightweight division heating up with competition and rivalries, Devin Haney has set his sights on a fight with fellow American Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis. Haney is currently the WBC lightweight champion with a record of 24 win, 15 ko’s and zero losses – while his rival Davis is the regular WBA lightweight champion and has a record of 23 wins, 22 ko’s with zero losses.
It could be argued that neither man has yet been tested at the highest level of boxing but with plenty of competition now available in the lightweight division, boxing fans will demand match ups between all the top contenders and champions of the division. Some could be argue the lightweight division is one of, if not the best division in boxing right now. With Vasiliy Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis, Jorge Linares, Ryan Garcia, Luke Campbell and more, the division is currently stacked with big names and potential mega fights.
Devin Haney along with Ryan Garcia, are the youngest of the top tier in the lightweight division and Haney has set his sight on a showdown with Gervonta Davis. Speaking with Youtube channel Fighthype, Haney feels it’s the biggest fight possible to be made.
“I feel like that’s the biggest fight that can be made. Not just in boxing, but I feel the streets want to see the fight. Everyone wants to see that fight. That fight has been boiling for so long. I feel that’s the biggest fight right now. It’s where people are going to be betting on the match, and it’s going to be an event for sure when it happens. I just think it’s in due time.
“Whenever it happens, that’s the fight that I want. I’m sure he (Davis) wants the match as well. I’m willing to start negotiating as soon as possible, even though I know he’s still got to fight whenever the time is present.’’
“There are so many big fights in the lightweight division. And there are so many different ways you can go. There are all big fights. That (Davis) might be the biggest fight, yes. I want all of them. Anyone I can get because they’re all big, and they all make sense. There’s definitely history, but it’s boxing, you know? It was never no bad blood (with Davis). It became like more out of the ring than in the ring. There’s so much history. Most people would never understand that. It’s not for them to understand”
Haney when asked then goes on to speak about sparring Tank at the Floyd Mayeather gym in Las Vegas and describes the sessions ‘as good work’ and Haney has spend many days training at the Las Vegas gym and Tank is managed by Floyd Mayweather promotions.
“It was good work. There were a lot of people there. It was like a fight, like an event. People that were there can tell you about it. Ellie has a tape, and he’s not going to release it for whatever reason’’
“In the beginning, it was competitive. It was never one-sided in the beginning. Towards the end, I started to take over, and I began to dominate. It was doghouse work to fight until whoever quit, and I didn’t quit’’
“They tend to forget some of the key points. I was with Floyd and it was right before Adrien Broner vs Shawn Porter fight. I guess AB was telling Floyd about Tank, and I happened to be with Floyd,” Devin said.
“So Floyd caught him and said, ‘I got my guy. Do you got your guy?’ And he was like, ‘I got my guy (Davis)’ So they set up some sparring. Whatever time they set up the sparring, they said, ‘Be at the gym at this time.’ I literally went from there’’
“I had my regular clothes on, and I went to the gym from there. Then my dad had to run to the house to get my clothes and my gear. It went from there. We were already working with each other at the time,” said Haney on his former trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.
“He was already big on me. Before that, he had already said that I would beat Broner a couple of years back, so he was always big on me. But it was fresh at that time when he was asked bout Tank, and Tank started buzzing. That’s just how it played out,” Devin said.
Haney appears to have much confidence and belief from their sparring, which is clearly is motivation to fight Davis. There could be a obstacle with arranging the fight as Haney is now with promoter Eddie Hearn and Davis with Floyd Mayweather, who works closely with Al Haymon and both promoters seem unable to work with one another, if one takes reference to the Wilder and Joshua failed fight negotiations. Going forward since the pandemic, hopefully promoters will drop conflicts and business egos in order to agree the biggest fights possible for the sport of boxing.