Gervonta Davis has been given a positive update from the WBA after Devin Haney revealed his decision to vacate his undisputed lightweight titles in pursuit of a move to super-lightweight.
After Haney left the 135lb division, the titles became fragmented, and each of the sanctioning bodies are already in the process of crowning their new respective champions in the division.
The WBC were first to act on the news of Haney’s decision, as Shakur Stevenson outpointed Edwin De Los Santos in an uneventful title affair for the vacant belt, a few weeks before Haney’s title challenge up at 140lbs.
Meanwhile, the IBF strap is slated to be on the line in a few months’ time in Australia, as Vasyl Lomachenko travels to George Kambosos’ backyard for a battle between two former champions, whilst there is little news surrounding the future of the WBO title.
For the WBA however, their decision seemed a simple one. Gervonta Davis held the WBA Regular title and as a result was expected to be upgraded to full WBA Champion, even when he said on social media that he ‘don’t want that s**t’, leaving the WBA in an awkward position.
Nevertheless, it has now been confirmed that the WBA has appointed Gervonta Davis as the only WBA lightweight world champion, and that the WBA Regular/Super belt situation has been resolved in this division at least.
Whether or not Davis will choose to remain as WBA champion remains to be seen, following his reluctance to be upgraded as well as recent rumours that link ‘Tank’ with a move up to super-lightweight.