Gervonta Davis’ coach Calvin Ford has explained why he is not keen on a fight between ‘Tank’ and Shakur Stevenson, after watching the latter pick up the WBC lightweight title in disappointing fashion.
Stevenson outpointed Edwin De Los Santos in November in what was meant to be Stevenson’s breakthrough bout to announce himself to the lightweight scene, but some viewers were left wanting more, despite doing enough to become three-division champion.
The negative style of the 26-year-old broke unwanted punch records and led to a heap of criticism, with a lack of activity in the fight having a direct impact on Stevenson’s popularity and star power.
As a result, Calvin Ford has admitted that a fight between Davis and Stevenson is not an idea that he is too fond of, telling Marko Boxing that he at least wants Tank’s opponents to attempt to ‘put on a show’ and fearing that if Stevenson fought that style against a power-puncher in De Los Santos, he would be even more dull against someone with the knockout record of Tank.
“Why would I put Tank in a situation like that, where we can’t do what we do? … If he [Stevenson] ain’t standing there to at least try to put on a show or fight or whatnot, it’s like what is the point?
“Shakur has been fighting like that for a while, [but it was worse] because he was in there with a guy that can punch and can fight.”
Should Davis choose to remain at lightweight, a fight between the two Americans seems almost inevitable, with Stevenson chasing the belts in an attempt to become the undisputed champion.