The Athletic brings word of some interesting rumblings at 130 pounds. Gervonta Davis’ promoter, Leonard Ellerbe, has reportedly made an offer to Tevin Farmer promoter Lou DiBella for a unification fight this fall. At the same time, there’s “mutual interest” between Farmer and former featherweight champion Joseph Diaz Jr., with talks “expected to start between the sides in the coming weeks”.
Davis (22-0, 21 KO) and Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KO) are longtime social media rivals, for whatever that’s worth, and are also in similar positions of being long overdue for quality opponents. The biggest name Davis has been booked to fight since his breakout beatdown of Jose Pedraza was Abner Mares, who pulled out with an eye injury, and Farmer’s been munching on assorted IBF chaff for the last couple years. Miguel Berchelt presently has a stronger claim for being the division’s top dog just due to strength of schedule, honestly.
That said, Diaz (29-1, 15 KO) would also be a quality opponent for “American Idol.” The former Olympian’s only pro loss came in a competitive effort against Gary Russell Jr. last year, and he’s both skilled and aggressive enough to force Farmer into a visually pleasing fight.
Either way, it looks like we’re in for a treat later this year.