There has been yet another social media spat involving two young American lightweights, with Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis the ones trading blows online on this occasion.
The touch paper was lit when Davis appeared on the Rize podcast, hosted by his two coaches Calvin Ford and Kenny Ellis, and claimed that he had “cracked” Haney when the pair sparred.
Haney took to Twitter to respond and stated, in more colourful language, that he had actually gotten the better of ‘Tank’ during the sparring session – and that there was video evidence to back it up.
Truth be told I beat the shit out Tank… somebody around here got the footage besides Floyd. & if you so called almost knocked me out what stopped you since when have we heard of you stopping from knocking anybody out? Gtfoh! @Gervontaahttps://t.co/JKcTSzs00u
— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) November 26, 2022
Another case where fans would most likely prefer the two stars settle their differences in the ring and leave no room for doubt – however, a fight between Haney and Davis is unlikely to materialise any time soon.
Davis will take on Hector Luis Garcia in January before it’s all systems go for a mega fight with Ryan Garcia in the spring. Whilst an official date and venue has not been announced yet, the pair finally agreed a deal to fight, with long drawn out broadcasting and promotional issues finally sorted after a public back and forth.
As for undisputed lightweight champion Haney, success in his recent rematch with George Kambosos Jr has paved the way for a meeting with Ukranian legend and Top Rank stablemate Vasiliy Lomachenko, with the two expected to close a deal for a 2023 showdown before the end of the year.
Given Haney’s two excellent performances against Kambosos and Lomachenko’s somewhat flat display in his comeback bout with Jamaine Ortiz last month, many observers now view the American as a favourite in the potential “passing of the torch” fight.