Devin Haney doubts Tank Davis will change once contract up with Floyd
By Allan Fox: Devin Haney thinks Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis should stay with Mayweather Promotions if he has no interest in making big fights happen.
Last week, Tank (26-0, 24 KOs) alerted his fans on social media that his contract with Mayweather Promotions will end with his next fight against Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero on May 28th.
As a result of Tank’s comment about his contract being up, there’s been speculation about which promotional company /network he’ll sign with next.
Haney doesn’t see how anything will change with WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta if he’s unwilling to make the big fights.
If Tank does choose to leave Mayweather Promotions, it would be up to him whether he wants to fight the big dogs at 135.
If the 27-year-old Tank Davis has no desire to fight the talented opposition in the lightweight division, he should stay with Mayweather. They’ve done an excellent job with Tank, turning him into a PPV attraction & big ticket seller.
Haney reacts to Tank contract situation
“It don’t matter; if you don’t want to make the big fights happen, you might as well stay with the promoter you’re with now,” said Devin Haney to Fighthype when asked about his thoughts on Gervonta Davis’s contract with Mayweather Promotions expiring with his next fight on May 28th.
“If you don’t care to go and make the big fights happen, what’s the point of even leaving your situation? You might as well stay there and be loyal to Floyd [Mayweather Jr] if that’s the case,” Haney.
It’ll be interesting to see if Tank is suddenly matched against the top-caliber opposition if he leaves Mayweather Promotions.
If Gervonta signs with Top Rank, they’ll want him to fight the best in the 135-lb division, which would be an excellent company to go with if his focus is to get the best fights.
The problem with Tank continuing to play it safe against lackluster opposition is he’ll never become a massive superstar, and he’ll hurt his earning potential.
If Tank had more names on his resume now, there’s no question he’d be a bigger star than he is today. That’s the downside of the soft match-making that has been done on Tank’s behalf by Mayweather Promotions.
While they’ve done an admirable job of keeping him undefeated, they’ve essentially stunted his career by choosing not to match him against many top fighters at 130, 135, and 140.
Assuming Tank Davis leaves Mayweather Promotions, he needs to focus on fighting these guys in the next three years to make up for the lost time in his nine-year professional career:
- Vasyl Lomachenko
- George Kambosos Jr
- Devin Haney
- Shakur Stevenson
- Teofimo Lopez
- Oscar Valdez
- Ryan Garcia
- Regis Prograis
- William Zepeda
Devin focused on the Kambosos fight
“I want to make all the big fights happen, but it all starts with George Kambosos,” said Haney. Right now, it’s to be the king of the lightweight division, and this is for all the marbles. That’s my main focus,” said Devin.
“How could I even look past this fight when it’s for everything? There’s nothing more to collect after this. I mean, besides names, but for the belts, only six people have done this [become undisputed champion].
“This is very important,” Haney said about his interest in beating Kambosos on June 5th to become the four-belt undisputed champion at lightweight. “I could never look past or look forward because this is for everything.
“I don’t want the Franchise,” said Devin about him not wanting Kambosos’ WBC Franchise 135-lb title that he’s chosen to hold onto after capturing it from Teofimo Lopez in November 27th.
“This [Kambosos vs. Haney fight] is not for the Franchise because I don’t want Franchise belt, I don’t want the Franchise title. I want to keep the WBC lightweight belt, and I want to collect the rest of them.
“I want to collect the rest of them and the Franchise; George can have that,” said Haney making it clear that he doesn’t want the Franchise strap after he beats Kambosos.
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