After his win over Ryan Garcia earlier this year, Gervonta Davis claimed that he is the ‘face of boxing’, but without a ‘super’ world title in the lightweight ranks, some fans feel there are others more fitting.
With the WBA Regular title in his position, Davis seems poised to challenge for a full 135 title in the near future given the unified champion, Devin Haney, looks to be pursuing more glory up at super-lightweight.
Another way that ‘Tank’ can cements his status as the sport’s premier star is another statement win following the Garcia stoppage.
Davis has previously said a match-up with Naoya Inoue – who fights for the undisputed super-bantamweight title on Boxing Day and is highly-regarded as a top two pound-for-pound fighter in the rankings of most pundits – would be a ‘dream fight.’
His past as a former super-featherweight world champion has led some hopeful fans to believe that a catchweight showdown between the undefeated power-punchers could be possible.
However, Calvin Ford, who trains Davis, maintained that the bout is unlikely to happen any time soon, in an interview with Marko Boxing.
“You never know, boxing is about daring to be great.”
“Tank ain’t coming down to fight him, so it doesn’t make sense unless somebody can make a certain weight. I just don’t see that happening no time soon because Inoue is a little guy, unless he does something real crazy to make him to get big and to get up to that weight. Ain’t no way in the world that that’s going to happen.”
Ford went on to doubt whether Inoue’s ‘destructive’ power would transition into a weight-class as high as super-featherweight or lightweight, yet it is likely that the former light-flyweight champion will be tested at featherweight in the near-future, assuming he defeats Marlon Tapales next month.