Keyshawn Davis is very much enjoying his time on the fast track.
Touted as a highly publicized prospect with an Olympic silver medal dangling from his neck, Davis (8-0, 6 KOs) has refused to take the slow and steady approach.
Anxious to prove that he’s one of the best fighters around, Davis brazenly took on Anthony Yigit in just his eighth pro fight last month. Though he was viewed as a stern test, Davis effortlessly evaded Yigit’s tenuous offense en route to a ninth-round stoppage victory.
As the upward trajectory of his career continues to travel at warp speed, Davis feels perfectly fine with the way things are playing out. Under normal circumstances, with only a handful of bouts under his belt, Davis would seemingly be a long way away from true title contention.
If, however, the decision were his and his alone, a fight against any of the top names at 135 pounds, including Devin Haney, the division’s undisputed kingpin, would be a feasible option after just a bit more seasoning.
“Two more fights and I’ll be ready to fight literally anybody,” said Davis to BoxingScene.com.
Despite his ambitions, Davis’ words could prove to be extraneous. With the road to every lightweight contender's title aspirations going through Haney, Davis will be forced to wait his turn.
Presently, Haney is putting the finishing touches on a grueling training camp as he prepares to defend his four lightweight titles against Vasiliy Lomachenko on May 20th. Should he turn back the Ukrainian’s challenge, he’ll be forced to deal with Shakur Stevenson in a mandated title defense.
Ultimately, regardless of being relegated to the back of the championship line, Davis does have a glimmer of hope.
Currently, there’s an overwhelming belief that Haney, considering his ever-growing frame and struggles to make the weight, will opt to abandon his undisputed throne and head to the super lightweight division following his clash with Lomachenko. If those predictions hold true, Davis believes that his chances of becoming a legitimate belt holder won’t be fortuitous. In the meanwhile, the 24-year-old is under the impression that once he’s at that championship doorstep, he won’t waste a golden opportunity.
“Once I put myself in a position to get a world title, for the most part, I should be able to get one.”