By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford took to Twitter on Saturday night to WARN newly crowned WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis to stay away from Vasiliy Lomachenko and Devin Haney following his 12th round knockout win over Yuriorkis Gamboa at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Crawford could have taken the high road and congratulated Tank Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) for him winning the WBA title, but instead he went negative, warning him to stay away from WBA/WBC Franchise]/WBO lightweight champion Lomachenko and WBC champ Haney (23-0, 15 KOs).
Davis did a good job of beating a tough opponent in former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) in his first fight at 135. It’s true that Davis wasn’t in the best possible physical shape for the Gamboa fight last Saturday night.
Crawford tells Tank Davis to stay away from Loachenko and Haney
We saw Davis, 25, looking a little tired late in the fight, but he was conserving his energy. Gamboa took everything that Tank Davis could dish out early, so he stopped trying to KO him until late.
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) December 29, 2019
It looks like Crawford is being a team player by warning Gervonta to stay away from fellow Top Rank Boxing fighter Lomachenko. Those guys are both with the promoter.
Davis would have an excellent chance of beating the 32-year-old Lomachenko, because that guy is starting to show age. Lomachenko looked poor against Luke Campbell, Jorge Linares and Jose Pedraza. Age is starting to show in Lomachenko, and he’s vulnerable now against a lot of fighters. Tank Davis has more than enough punching power to beat Lomachenko.
Haney can’t punch, and he had all he could handle in his last fight against Alfredo Santiago on November 9. Santiago injured Haney’s shoulder in that fight, and he’s currently out of action. Devin didn’t look good at all in that fight.
Crawford isn’t in the position right now to be telling other fighters like Davis what to do. Terence rejected a fight against Shawn Porter recently, and that would have been easiliy the biggest fight of his career.
A lot of boxing fans think Crawford is scared of Porter. Crawford had major problems defending against Egidijus Kavaliauskas on December 14. He won the fight, but looked bad.
Tank Davis fires back at Crawford
“The guy I fought is the same guy that hurt him,” said Davis in firing back at Crawford in reminding boxing fans that Gamboa hurt him in their fight in 2014. “And he [Crawford] got touched up in his last fight [against Egidijus Kavaliauskas],” said Tank Davis.
It’s true that Gamboa hurt Crawford in their fight in 2014, and he was giving him all he could handle. The difference between how Davis dealt with Gamboa and how Crawford did it is like night and day. Davis dominated Gamboa the entire fight, and had it easy. In contrast, Crawford had the fight of his life in struggling with Gamboa before stopping him in the 9th round in June 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Davis tired and Gamboa is old
— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) December 29, 2019