Devin Haney and Gervonta “Tank” Davis had a back-and-forth on social media this week, just days after Haney dominantly defeated Regis Prograis to win the WBC junior welterweight title.
“Tank is p—y, he’s scared to death of me,” Haney wrote on X. “He always say he wanna fight when I have a fight lined up already. Well now I’m free! Let’s make it happen.”
“I promise you, your father gonna cry for what (I’m going to) do to you,” Davis replied. “Ya best bet is to enjoy it while you can.”
Haney (31-0, 15 KO) and Davis (29-0, 27 KO) would make for a big-time fight in 2024, no question, but there are obvious issues and roadblocks.
For starters, Haney is with Matchroom and DAZN, and Davis is still with Premier Boxing Champions, who just inked a deal with Prime Video that starts next year. This doesn’t make anything impossible, but can make it very difficult, particularly if both sides don’t believe there will be elite-tier money to be made from the bout through pay-per-view.
Haney is also now at 140 lbs, and has made clear he will “never” go back down to 135, where Davis campaigns. Davis has fought at 140 once before, and looked clearly too small for the division, albeit in a TKO victory over Mario Barrios back in 2021.
A catchweight could solve that issue, but Haney may simply not feel like he can fight below 140. He looked big, strong, fast, and sharp at the weight against Prograis, and has said that he really should have moved up before he did, as making 135 had left him feeling “depleted” in prior fights.
Haney’s current attitude matches the one he’s had about Davis in the past, including at his post-fight press conference last weekend.
“Tank don’t want to fight,” he said then. “If he really wanted to fight, he would be trying to build up the fight instead of trying to knock it down, or say I’m only selling because of this or that.
“If he really wanted to fight me, he would be saying it’s a big fight and the best fight for boxing. He only talks down on the fight. But like I’ve said many times, they say everything, but let’s fight.”
“Stop letting Tank and his team piss on your head and tell you it’s rain with these insignificant fights and saying it’s ‘for the culture,’” Devin’s father and trainer Bill Haney added. “Devin represents the culture and represents boxing and what boxing should be and what boxing is.”
Though there are, again, obvious potential roadblocks that could sink the idea, don’t totally count this fight out from happening in 2024. It’s going to ultimately come down to how much money both sides — beyond the fighters — believe there could be in the fight, and we also don’t know much specifically about PBC and Prime right now, in terms of how that might work “politically” in the sport of boxing.
If anything, the weight could be the biggest issue, not the promotional and broadcast ties.