“For this belt, for this ‘Mickey Mouse’ belt, I’m not interested. I’m not interested in what they’re gonna do.”
It was clear when speaking to TalkSport that unified super lightweight champion Josh Taylor has zero interest in a fight with Gervonta Davis.
The American star, known as ‘Tank’, is moving up the 140lb division on June 26 to face Mario Barrios for the Texan’s WBA 10 stone title. A win for the unbeaten Davis will make him a three-weight world champion but with an asterisk next to it.
The WBA’s continued insistence to have more belts than a men’s clothing store recognises Barrios as a ‘champion’ despite Taylor being the ‘super’ champion. The Scot won his legitimate title when he defeated Regis Prograis in their 2019 fight of the year contender.
“I’m not interested in Gervonta Davis,” said Taylor who is in Las Vegas for the final few weeks of preparations for his undisputed super-fight against Jose Ramirez on May 22.
“I’ll come round to whatever happens next, but I’m not even thinking about Gervonta Davis.”
Taylor, who has strongly hinted that he will move to welterweight sooner rather than later, also dismissed the claims of Teofimo Lopez that he is undisputed lightweight champion. Lopez holds the IBF, WBO and WBA titles as well as the WBC’s absurd franchise championship. Devin Haney is also the 135lb champion of the World Boxing Council and defends his title against Jorge Linares on May 29.
“He’s [Lopez] saying he’s undisputed champion and he’s not – he’s still got the other belt to win,” said Taylor.
“He’s got to beat Devin Haney to win the other belt, so he’s got unfinished business at lightweight to do.
“I think he’s an outstanding fighter. He did brilliant against a small lightweight (Vasiliy Lomachenko). I’m not interested in him at the minute.”