Gervonta Davis shuts down Inoue fight talk: “He’s Nowhere Near My Weight”

By Chris Williams - 12/27/2023 - Comments

Lightweight champion Gervonta Davis shut down discussion on social media about him fighting Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue in his next fight.

The much bigger and stronger Tank Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) fights several divisions above undisputed super bantamweight champion ‘Monster’ Inoue (26-0, 23 KOs), said he doesn’t know why fans keep posting stuff on social media about wanting him to take this fight.

Tank is annoyed by the constant fantasy talk from his fans, wanting him to battle the Japanese star Monster Inoue to test his ability against the highly rated pound-for-pound star.

While the fight would make massive money for both guys, Tank Davis is realistic, knowing that Naoya would never in a million years come up to 135 to battle him.

Weight matters

For that fight to happen, Inoue would need to move up 13 pounds in weight from 122 to 135 because there’s no way on earth that Gervonta could boil down to his weight class to make it happen.

I’m not fighting him. He’s nowhere near my weight. I don’t know why this page keeps posting [stuff] like this,” said Gervonta Davis on social media, reacting to posters talking about him fighting super bantamweight [122-lb] Naoya Inoue.

Inoue’s recent performance

The thing is, the 30-year-old Inoue did NOT look like the same one-punch knockout fighter that he once was last night in his second fight in the super bantamweight division against IBF & WBA champion Marlon Tapales (37-4, 19 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan.

Although Inoue eventually scored a tenth round knockout, it took him many punches to do it against a very slow-looking fighter, who landed a lot of shots on his own that were snapping the head back of the Japanese star.

The shots that Inoue was hitting Tapales with looked no stronger than the punches he’d been hit with in his recent fight against Murodjon Akhmadaliev. In fact, Inoue’s punches looked weaker than Akhmadaliev’s, and the only reason he eventually knocked Tapales out was because he landed an enormous amount of punches.

It’s pretty obvious that if Inoue moves up to featherweight, he’s going to get beaten repeatedly by the killers in that weight division and be forced to flee back to the safety of the super bantamweight division if he wants to keep his career humming as it once did.

Inoue is a good fighter, but he’s overreliant on his power, and fighting bigger guys like Tank Davis, Vasily Lomachenko, or Shakur Stevenson, he would be out of his element.