By Matt Lieberman: Trainer Mickey Bey maintains that Devin Haney will clear out both the lightweight and light welterweight divisions without any problems.
Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) is ready to take on the best, and Bey is really predicting that he’ll beat Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
That’s a fight that will help turn the WBC lightweight champion Haney into a superstar, and just needs Tank’s management at Mayweather Promotions to agree to the battle.
Floyd Mayweather Jr might have mixed feelings about putting a fight together between Gervonta (23-0, 22 KOs) and Haney.
Mayweather is mentoring the 21-year-old Haney to groom him to turn him into a massive star like himself. Floyd promotes Tank, so he’s not likely to make the fight with Haney if he has doubts about his ability to win.
Mayweather hasn’t given the green light to the 25-year-old Tank yet to face the talented fighters like Vasily Lomachenko. He could feel the same way about letting him face Haney and risk losing to him.
Haney beats Gervonta Davis
“Hands down,” said Mickey Bey when asked by Fighthype if Haney beats Tank Davis. “Don’t get me wrong, he’s [Tank] a monster for sure, but I don’t see anybody in the world beating Devin. Nobody.
“His [Haney] IQ, defense, speed, power, discipline. He’s just got it all. The world will see. He’s gotten so much better since the last time they saw him.
“Wait until his next fight. With each match, he’s going to get better and better. Just the improvement I’ve seen from him in the last few months, it’s going to be scary.
“I can’t even imagine; he’s only 21. I can’t imagine when he’s 23, 25, even older than that. It’s going to be crazy,” Bey said on Haney’s development.
Tank would likely have something to say about Bey predicting that Haney beats him. The two of them have sparred together, and Haney hasn’t revealed what happened.
At times, Haney lets the boxing media know what happened during his sparring sessions with different guys. But in the case of Gervonta, he’s not made any comments on how it went.
It would be difficult for Haney to beat Tank Davis right now because he’s got a significant advantage in power and development.
Devin clears out the 134 & 140lb divisions
“Yeah,” said Bey on Tank Davis giving up height and reach to Haney. “To be honest, that’s the only guy [that would give Davis problems]. I’ve seen Tank beat everybody else.
“With Dev, he’d go clean out 140 too, easy. 140, believe me, he’d take it, and I like Josh Taylor. But trust me, he’d go up to 140 and wipe it out too.
“I don’t think Tank is that big to go there, but Devin would clean out 135 and 140 for sure. One of them for sure,” said Bey when asked if his size would help him beat Tank Davis.
“There’s a lot of things that he’s got. We’ve got a lot of tricks that I can’t say, but he’s got a lot of things that they don’t know about that he hasn’t shown yet, but I’m sure his next fight, you’re going to see a lot of things coming out,” said Bey about Haney showing more of his game.
For Haney to clear out the 135-pound division, he’ll need to beat these fighters:
- Vasily Lomachenko
- Teofimo Lopez
- Ryan Garcia
- Luke Campbell
- Javier Fortuna
- Jorge Linares
- Gervonta Davis
To do the business at 140, Haney would need to beat these guys:
- Josh Taylor
- Jose Ramirez
- Regis Prograis
- Mario Barrios
Haney ready to fight Tank Davis
‘His power. He’s explosive and aggressive, and he’s a fierce competitor,” Bey said when asked what Tank Davis has that Devin has to watch out for. “You can’t go to sleep. He looks like a little Mike Tyson.
“He’s probably a little bit more skilled, but that’s the kind of dude that you really need to be alert, but to me, that’s one of the biggest fights in boxing.
“Those two coming forward saying, let’s do it,'” said Bey when asked how a fight between Tank Davis and Haney could happen. “His dad is a great businessman. He’d let it happen.
“If Mayweather let it happen on their end, the fight would get done. It’s that simple. Bill would take it on our end. It would have to be Floyd to take it on their end.
“We’re ready for whatever. We’ve wanted everybody. Lomachenko, they made him the super champion? Yeah, Franchise champion. My bad. But that wasn’t Devin’s fault. A lot of people say, ‘Oh, the email champ.’
“Devin wanted to fight whoever was there for the belt, but they elevated Lomachenko to that. So that’s not his [Haney] fault, but he was ready to fight,” said Bey.
It’s not realistic for Bey to be talking about Haney fighting Tank Davis shortly though, because both guys are doing their own thing. Davis is facing Leo Santa Cruz next, and he’s got his hands tied with that match.