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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.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum believes that the stumbling block in a potential fight between the self-proclaimed ‘face of boxing’, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, and two-division world champion, Shakur Stevenson, is just one man – and it’s neither of the fighters.

The lightweight division has arguably the most talent in the sport these days, with the likes of Davis and Stevenson joined by Devin Haney and Vasily Lomachenko. Despite that, not many fights between the top dogs have materialised.

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With Haney set to move up super-lightweight and vacate at least one of his world titles, fans are hopeful that the three remaining superstars in the division will soon fight one another to crown a new 135lbs king.

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In an interview with Seconds Out, Arum explained that the only reason that ‘Tank’-Stevenson hasn’t happened yet is due to Floyd Mayweather Jr, who has promoted and advised Davis for a large part of his career, even despite a public fallout earlier this year.

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“Ask Floyd [why it isn’t happening].

I’m sure that Shakur would jump at the chance of fighting Tank because it is a big money fight, but it takes two to make a fight.”

For now, Shakur Stevenson’s next fight will be for the WBC Lightweight World Title, although whom his opponent will be isn’t as clear.

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First, Lomachenko reportedly turned down a title bout with the Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist, but Frank Martin stepped up to the plate and seemed poised to fight the unbeaten 26-year-old, headlining a Thursday night card in Las Vegas this November.

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Martin has now been pulled from the fight, leaving Stevenson without an opponent for his vacant title challenge. As of now, Edwin De Los Santos is rumoured to be the favourite to meet Stevenson in the ring, but William Zepeda may also be considered should he win this month.

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.

‘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.