Although Devin Haney holds all four world titles at lightweight, many believe that the debate around who is the best fighter in the division remains up for discussion.
Three weight world champion Gervonta Davis is undoubtedly the biggest commercial draw at 135lbs, as was emphasised by the numbers generated for his fight with Ryan Garcia on April 22nd.
And Davis’ trainer Calvin Ford revealed to On The Ropes Boxing he wants a shot at Haney next for his charge, however revealed a rematch with Isaac Cruz is on standby as a back up plan.
“I want Haney. But that fight with Isaac Cruz, is in case we’ve got to pivot if they [Haney] don’t want to sign. That’s the pivot move.”
Davis also uploaded a mockup fight poster of himself and Haney with the caption ‘Tell him don’t run’.
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Back in 2021, Cruz gave ‘Tank’ arguably the toughest fight of his career to date when he took him all the way to a close and competitive unanimous decision, with the three ringside judges awarding the fight to Davis 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.
However, as interesting as a second meeting would be, it would be dwarfed by a legacy defining clash between Davis and Haney.
‘The Dream’ retained his undisputed status with a unanimous decision victory over Ukrainian legend Vasiliy Lomachenko at the MGM Grand earlier this month, in a fight that many observers felt could have gone either way.
It is unclear, though, whether or not Haney will even remain at lightweight, with a move up to light welterweight rumoured for fights with the likes of Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor.
As for Davis, he won’t be back in a ring until the later stages of 2023 at the earliest, with the 28 year old currently under house arrest.