Gervonta Davis doesn’t appreciate the notion that he is the only one not involved in big fights within the lightweight division.
In an interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand podcast recorded in early April, the Baltimore native and former 130-pound titlist pushed back against the idea, rampant in some corners of the boxing world, that he alone is ducking the toughest challenges in the weight class. Davis pointed out that his colleagues are not doing all that much better in that department.
In other words, pot meet kettle.
“I don’t think so, I don’t think so,” Davis said when asked if he is being “coddled and protected” by his promoter Floyd Mayweather from getting the “bigger fights”. “Cuz who fighting each other? It ain’t like I’m just the only one not fighting nobody. Y’all not fighting anybody either, it’s just they want to rush into…I don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t know. I can’t even tell you. It’s just it’s always me though. They don’t complain about nobody else. It’s just me.”
Davis is presumably referring to fighters such as WBC lightweight titlist Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, and (former lightweight) Teofimo Lopez. All three fighters have taken aim at Davis, at one point or another, for his supposed lack of ambition. Davis’ handlers at Mayweather Promotions have repeatedly stated that their efforts have been focused on making their charge a coast-to-coast attraction. The Baltimore native has seen his commercial profile rise in recent years by selling out large venues in various metropolitan cities and appearing on pay-per-view.
Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) faces the brash Rolando Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round lightweight bout on Showtime pay-per-view this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As Davis acknowledged in the same interview, his fight with Romero will be the last one on his contract with Mayweather Promotions.
Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) himself is projected to defend his title against WBO, WBA, and IBF lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. (20-0, 10 KOs) in an undisputed 135-pound title bout June 4 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
In the same interview, Davis stated he would be more than willing to face Haney should Haney come out victorious against Kambosos.