Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis is known for his incredible punch power, but resurfaced claims from a rival’s team say he was stopped himself during a sparring session.
Doghouse rules – commonly used in the Mayweather Gym – is a sparring session with no breaks or rounds, just two fighters going at it until one stops the other, or concedes.
It’s that sort of brutal training that Devin Haney’s father, Bill, claims saw his son beat ‘Tank.’ In a post shared on X, the 44-year-old told the story.
“Devin had a sparring match, a legendary sparring match, with Tank. Everybody been talking about it. I was the first one that talked about this s**t for real, now he’s talking about what he did. You know what we do, we take the money and double it, triple it, quadruple it. When he showed up it was doghouse rules, and the only way the money was gonna get exchanged, it was who got stopped.”
The clip then cuts to former world champion Adrien Broner saying ‘Devin got the best of him’ – him being Davis in context.
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Whether the claims surround Davis simply stopping the session or being hurt isn’t revealed, but the latter would be impressive given Haney has just a 50% knockout ratio.
It didn’t take long for ‘Tank’ to respond, who said Haney had enough trouble hurting his opponents with smaller gloves. His post was later deleted.
“Motherf***er can’t even stop someone with 8oz [gloves] on you think he can stop someone with 14 or 16?”
As interesting as notes from sparring can be, fans would like to see any claims put to the rest in a professional ring.
‘Tank’ is expected to move for Haney’s lightweight titles now that he has moved up to challenge at 140lbs, but he still hold three of the four 135 belts as of writing.