WBC lightweight champ Devin Haney spared no words in dealing with Gervonta Davis’ dismissal of him as a legit challenge.
Davis, the current WBA super featherweight and lightweight champ, questioned the depth of Haney’s resume in a recent interview. The Mayweather Promotions fighter also dismissed Haney’s pursuit of a bout with him as “clout chasing.” And it was that “diss” that provoked a fierce counter from the 21-year-old champ.
In an interview with FightHype.com, Haney pointed to Davis’ own less-than-deep resume. He also took firm aim on Davis’ alleged lack of discipline and corresponding weight issues.
“Dude is on a weight loss program,” He told FightHype. “He’s not even in camp. He’s on a weight loss program…The dude just goes to camp to lose weight, that’s it….The man goes to camp to do jumping jacks in a sauna suit. Get the f*ck outta here.
“He’s going to camp to lose weight…not to sharpen up his tools…That’s what happens when you go f*ck off all this time, don’t hit the gym.. You can only get away with it for so long, until it catches up to you…He goes to a boxing gym to do aerobic training, jump over a medicine ball, and do all type of sh*t like that. We don’t do that sh*t. We go to the gym to sharpen our tools.”
Both Haney and Davis are currently training for upcoming bouts. The 25-year-old Davis will be meeting former featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz in an October 24 pay-per-view. Haney, meanwhile, will be facing former world champ Yuriorkis Gamboa at a date still be announced. Davis beat Gamboa in his last contest, delivering a twelfth-round TKO last December.
Despite the jabs aimed at Davis’ weight, Haney insists that he’s not wishing ill on his fellow fighter.
“I want him to make weight. So he can go in there and stay champion…until one day we can get it on and make a fight happen.”
Haney and Davis are just two pieces of a lightweight scene that is deeply intriguing. The 135 lb. division is full of talented young fighters with world class chops like Haney, Davis, Ryan Garcia, and Teofimo Lopez. It’s also full of tough veteran talent such as Luke Campbell, Jorge Linares, Javier Fortuna, and Lee Selby, among others. And, at the very top, of course, is Vasiliy Lomachenko, a generational talent who is currently regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Big fights ARE happening in the division. Lomachenko and Lopez are set to fight in October. Garcia and Campbell are close to confirming their matchup. Linares and Fortuna were set to meet until Linares tested positive for Covid-19.
Haney and Davis, however, currently remain outside of the big fight picture. Some say this is by design with Davis, who has chosen to take on a smaller fighter in his big pay-per-view debut. And some say Haney is being frozen out of the picture on purpose as a fighter who currently poses too much risk for too little reward.
Whatever the case, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis definitely have heat. It would be wise for promoters to put this one together sooner rather than later.