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Having cemented his place as one of the biggest names in boxing, there are few fights involving Gervonta Davis that would not be considered mega fights by all modern definitions.

However, there is a fighter with whom Davis shares a long history that would be an opponent more enticing than most others.

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Davis and two-weight world champion Teofimo Lopez have known each other since they were little more than children making their way through the American amateur ranks and, now both in their 20s, are both regarded as amongst the best fighters in the entire sport.

And when ‘Tank’s trainer Calvin Ford was asked about a possible bout between his charge and Lopez, he assured Mill City Boxing that it would definitely happen “one day.”

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“That fight [Davis vs Lopez] is going to happen one day, because of the background they have with each other.”

“We’ve seen them spar each other when they were amateurs and what not. That’s going to be a good fight one day.”

“I think when they get to a point when all the smoke has cleared with all these other guys. I’m hoping Teofimo will hold that 140 spot, and ‘Tank’ will hold his spot.”

“These great moments that we’re seeing in boxing are going to continue, because you’ve got to remember these guys are older than the guys coming up underneath them.”

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Both Davis and Lopez’ reputations are perhaps at an all time high currently, after coming off impressive wins earlier this year against Ryan Garcia and Josh Taylor respectively.

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However, as always seem to be the case with the fights fans want most, there are are host of promoter and broadcasting issues that will need to be worked out if they two are ever to share a professional ring.

Gervonta Davis is one of the hottest properties in boxing right now with no shortage of call outs from his rivals.

Tank’ is coming off a victory over Ryan Garcia back in April – the biggest commercial fight of the year, with reports suggesting the event brought in over 1 million pay-per-view buys.

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Since then Davis has made more headlines for his actions out of the ring rather than in it, serving time in jail after breaking a house arrest order.

It’s not the first time ‘Tank’ has been in trouble with the law, and he seems to think only that has the potential to upset his superstardom.

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When it was put to him that Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson could have the beating of him, the Baltimore native was adamant the only person he has to worry about is himself.

“You got the last one right – that’s the only person that could beat me, Gervonta Davis. That’s the only person. Those others cannot touch me at all.

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They’ve all been in the ring with me and I’ve cracked them both.

Devin Haney is no 50/50 fight, how you going to keep me off him when he’s got no power. I sparred him twice – the first time his father took him out the ring, I almost knocked him out in Floyd’s gym, did they tell you that?”

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The Haney fight might have to wait with ‘The Dream’ making the move up to 140lbs, where it’s expected he’ll take on Regis Prograis for the WBC title. Stevenson has made no secret of his difficulties finding an opponent, but it now looks likely he’ll face Edwin De Los Santos for the vacant WBC lightweight belt.

As for Davis, he’s aiming to return before the end of the year, with a rematch with Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz being the current front-runner.

Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis has built a reputation in the sport of boxing as one of the most feared punchers and efficient operators.

The Baltimore native has 27 knockouts from 29 wins, the latest of which was a career-best over Ryan Garcia.

The seventh round body shot stoppage cemented ‘Tank’s status as one of boxing’s megastars, and further proved his worth at the very top level.

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His undefeated record is under fire from lightweight rival, Shakur Stevenson, though. The 26-year-old from Newark recently branded a fight with Davis as the biggest out there for him.

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Earlier this year, he vowed to ‘expose’ Davis, believing beating him over the distance would ‘mess with his heart.’

“He fighting pay-per-view knocking these dudes out. That don’t take away the fact that I can beat this dude. That dude get to feeling himself and feeling like he’s something that he not. To the world he look like a killer, but I can’t wait – I’m gonna expose him, I promise you. Watch.

I’m gonna be the person that expose him. I’m gonna be the person he go in there and he not gonna knock out. He gotta go twelve rounds with somebody beating him. He ain’t gonna like that s**t. That gonna mess with his heart, f**k with his head. Watch.”

 A fight between the two 135lbers is high on the lists of boxing fans, but won’t be happening this year.

Stevenson is set to fight for the vacant WBC title in November against fellow undefeated southpaw, Frank Martin, whilst Davis eyes a ring return a little later, potentially against Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz.

After his stunning stoppage win over Ryan Garcia earlier this year, Gervonta Davis ascended to the status of one of the biggest stars in boxing, and speculation has been rife over who the Baltimore puncher will take on next.

His momentum was somewhat stunted after being sentenced for a hit and run offence dating back to November 2020, for which he served a short jail sentence.

‘Tank’ and those around him will no doubt be keen to get his career back up and running as soon as possible, and long time mentor Floyd Mayweather has revealed who he would like to see Davis fight next.

Speaking to The Fight Guys, Mayweather named the polarising WBO world super lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez as who he would like to see lock horns with Davis.


“I feel like the biggest and the best should fight each other. The lightweight division has so much talent. Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson, that’s a great match up. So is Teofimo Lopez and Gervonta Davis.”

Lopez was recently crowned a two weight world champion following his win over Josh Taylor back in June, and is certainly one of the tougher tests out there for Davis.

However, as seems to be the case with all the match ups boxing fans want, there are a few obstacles that would likely prevent Lopez and ‘Tank’ getting it on any time soon.

Lopez is signed to Bob Arum’s Top Rank and fights on ESPN, whilst Davis is Al Haymon and PBC’s crown jewell, and it is unlikely they would let him fight anywhere other than Showtime.

Davis has also only boxed once at 140lbs back in 2021, and his focus at the minute seems to be on the lightweight division.

‘Tank’ and Shakur are regarded as two of the biggest talents in the lower divisions, but it seems that both stars won’t meet in the ring, not anytime soon.

Bad news for boxing fans. Although they had been toying with the idea of seeing Gervonta Davis take on Shakur Stevenson inside the ring, it seems that won’t happen, at least in the near future.

Davis’ coach Calvin Ford has rejected the possibility of a mega-fight with Shakur Stevenson, saying that Tank wouldn’t be paid enough.

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Ford is not interested in seeing his fighter face the likes of Stevenson, Vasiliy Lomachenko, or Frank Martin, but he would welcome a rematch clash with Isaac Cruz.

From a career standpoint, fighting the Mexican would be a safer bet, as Davis has already defeated Pitbull, although it has been one of Tank’s hardest fights to date. Gervonta earned a hard-fought unanimous decision to defeat Cruz when many expected a routine knockout win.

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Avoiding Stevenson: a money issue or a defeat fear?

It seems obvious that although Ford speaks about Stevenson not putting in the big money numbers for him to face Davis, there might be a ‘fear factor’ of a first-ever defeat for the Baltimore-bred star.

Stevenson is considered by many as the future of boxing, as he’s one of the most complete boxers, all divisions included.

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“If you look at the numbers they’re putting out, it doesn’t make sense,” said Ford to Fighthype.

“Once they understand the business, you can’t go in there asking for a whole bunch of money. Shakur got offered some money from Devin Haney. Do you see the way he turned it down? Tank isn’t taking a pay cut”, he added.

I wouldn’t say it’s his biggest fight [Shakur]. His biggest fight is every fight. Y’all see that. It’s just another fight we got to look at”, Ford continued.

However, he also said that although it may be too soon for Stevenson to face Davis, a fight between them seems inevitable and a matter of time:

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It’s going to happen one day. We just got to be prepared for it when it happens”.

While Cruz is Davis’ likeliest opponent, Stevenson has shown lots of interest in fighting the current undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney and the two-time Olympic gold medalist and former three-weight class world champion shortly.

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Floyd Mayweather used to promote Gervonta Davis’ fights and right before his fight against Ryan GarciaGervonta stopped working with “Money’s” enterprise and during his training camp, continued his rift with Mayweather, accusing him of not letting him use his gym to train after he barred him.

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About the issue Mayweather explained that “Tank” has been through a lot and that’s why many times that he posts stuff on social media he understands because he’s older and wiser, acknowledging he wasn’t always like this.

“I’m not worried when the press wants to say stuff to turns us against each other,” Floyd mentioned during his next exhibition fight presentation press conference.

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Then Mayweather explained why he has always believed in Gervonta Davis, ever since he was a young boxer with huge potential.

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“I always tell him: ‘I took you in the beginning because I wanted to see you be great, I wanted to see you have huge PPV numbers, I wanted to see you win'”

“Money” then expressed that he’s gladly impressed with Gervonta Davis’ development.

“I’m proud of him. When he says struff on social media, for me he’s still a kid, and when I was his age a did the same thing. I didn’t have a Floyd Mayweather to support me or tell me what’s right or wrong,” Mayweather sentenced.