Gervonta Davis took a break from targeting his lightweight rivals to take shots at a former two-weight world champion.
The brash Baltimore boxer is so far without a date to return to the ring following a career-best win over Ryan Garcia earlier this year, but has been talking a lot on social media.
His most recent target was Bernard Hopkins, who promotes Garcia under the Golden Boy banner. Garcia called out both ‘B-Hop’ and Oscar De La Hoya at a press conference for his fight with Oscar Duarte this weekend, accusing the former fighters of not backing him.
Garcia took particular issue with a recent interview in which he felt Hopkins was saying he should retire if he loses to Duarte.
‘Tank’ was one of the many viewers of the awkward exchange, and took to X afterwards to say he had almost ‘whooped’ Hopkins.
“That’s crazy, B-Hop almost got whooped for Ryan and that boy don’t even f**k with him. Old goofy.”
Davis is likely referencing his heated exchanged with Hopkins at the weigh-in before his own fight with Garcia. Hopkins found himself on the side of the stage occupied by Davis and his team, and touched the fighter on his shoulder.
The 29-year-old didn’t take kindly to the intervention, and shouted at the Hall of Famer to keep his hands to himself. He later said he ‘should’ve slapped the s**t’ out of the fighter-turned-promoter there and then.
Bernard Hopkins: *Puts his hand on Gervonta’s back*
Gervonta Davis: “DO NOT TOUCH ME. DO NOT TOUCH ME!” *puts fist in front of his face* 👀👀👀👀
CLOSE-UP to the Gervonta Davis and Bernard Hopkins altercation
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Hopkins has continued to rile up the current crop of fighters, and Garcia seems to be done with it. Those digs at the press conference likely won’t be the only public back and forth the pair share this fight weekend.