Gervonta Davis doesn’t want to be elevated to WBA full lightweight champion

By Chris Williams - 11/30/2023 - Comments

Gervonta Davis has made it clear that he doesn’t want to be elevated from his current ‘regular’ WBA lightweight title to full champion status with the sanctioning body following Devin Haney’s revelation that he’s vacating his four belts at 135.

If Tank agrees to be elevated to WBA full champion, he would be thrown in suddenly with the general population at lightweight, and that’s risky for someone who has arguably been segregated from the killers at 135.

“I don’t want that s***,” said Gervonta Davis on social media, reacting to news that he could be elevated from ‘regular’ to full WBA lightweight champion now that Devin Haney has chosen to vacate his undisputed 135-lb titles.

The reason why the 29-year-old Tank Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) doesn’t want to be elevated to full champion are as follows:

  • Sanctioning fees attached with being the full champion
  • Having to deal with mandatory dangerous challengers
  • Less freedom
  • Email champion stigma

Probably the biggest wins why Tank Davis is resistant to being made full WBA champion is being forced to defend against risky mandatory challengers.

If Tank has to fight guys that he and his promoters have arguably been avoiding all these years, like Frank Martin or Vasily Lomachenko, he could lose, and all the easy dough that he’s been getting will dry up.

Gervonta has enough money to retire on now, but why do that when he can continue to rake in the green, fighting scrubs?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tank Davis’ fortune is estimated at $10 million, smaller than the $20 million that the less accomplished Ryan Garcia has.

It’s better for Tank Davis to continue to be carefully matched as the secondary WBA lightweight champion because he’s got the financial freedom to make his own moves and fight whoever he wants without the worry that is involved with holding the full belt.

If Mayweather promotions stop protecting Gervonta, he won’t last more than five minutes when he’s thrown in with this dangerous general population at 135:

Frank Martin
Raymond Muratalla
Vasily Lomachenko
Edwin De Los Santos
Shakur Stevenson
William Zepeda
Keyshawn Davis
Floyd Schofield

Gervonta has carved out a nice little living, fighting the soft opposition at lightweight, beating guys like Ryan Garcia, washed Leo Santa Cruz, Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero, and Yuriorkis Gamboa.

That bunch is as weak as they come, so it’s not surprising that Tank Davis wants nothing to do with being elevated to full WBA champion and having to deal with mandatory challengers.

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