Gervonta Davis’ long-time trainer, Calvin Ford, has said that he is open to a bout between Davis and former pound-for-pound superstar, Vasily Lomachenko, as the lightweight division belts look set to be fragmented.
In a packed out division featuring the likes of Shakur Stevenson, Frank Martin and George Kambosos, as well as both ‘Tank’ and ‘Loma’, titles are set to become available as Devin Haney, the current undisputed champion, prepares to move up to super-lightweight to challenge Regis Prograis for the WBC 140lbs crown.
As a result, it seems that Stevenson will battle Martin for the WBC world title, with Haney possibly fighting the winner should he choose to return to the division.
Meanwhile, Ford told ES News that a showdown with Lomachenko for his man would make for an interesting clash, and one that he expects the Ukrainian to be well up for.
“That’s a good fight.”
“That fight was supposed to happen, especially when Loma came to America, we thought that was going to actually happen. It’s a good one, and Loma would take that.”
Lomachenko is currently coming off a loss to Haney for all four belts – one which he feels he did enough to get the victory. With a rematch off the table, he has not announced his next move.
With Davis currently holding the WBA Regular world title, it is likely that he will campaign to challenge for the full Super belt once Haney moves up.
There are three others ahead of Lomachenko in the WBA rankings – Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz is currently ranked as the number one contender with Jose Zepeda second in line, followed by Frank Martin.
Despite Davis having already beaten Cruz back in 2021, it looks the most likely fight for him next. Ford’s willingness and fan demand for the Lomachenko fight is one thing, but it may not be enough to cross the promotional barriers.
Whoever fills the opposite corner, the bout towards the end of the year will be ‘Tank’s first time back in the ring since he dominated and knocked out Ryan Garcia in one of the most memorable performances of 2023.