Southpaw ace Shakur Stevenson firmly believes the one approach he’ll ever get a struggle with Gervonta “Tank” Davis is that if Davis initiates the curiosity.
Stevenson, the two-division titlist and present light-weight contender from Newark, New Jersey, stated in a current interview that the struggle he needs essentially the most is one involving Baltimore’s Davis.
However Stevenson, 26, additionally made it clear that he’s not ready to name the pictures and even suggest such a struggle, given Davis’ vastly superior industrial profile. Stevenson and Davis, furthermore, are backed by rival enterprise entities; Stevenson is promoted by High Rank, whereas Davis is suggested by Al Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions.
Davis, 28, is arguably the largest American boxing draw within the sport, exterior of Canelo Alvarez. The Baltimore native has solely headlined pay-per-view playing cards for the final a number of years. Davis’ final struggle, a seventh-round stoppage of Ryan Garcia, was his commercially greatest one up to now.
“Actually, primary [fight for me] is Tank,” Stevenson stated on the Million Dollaz Price of Sport podcast. “Me and Tank is the perfect struggle. You’ll be able to identify 15 different fighters, however there’s one struggle that, in truth, must occur in boxing.”
“I don’t know,” Stevenson stated when requested why that individual struggle has not been made. “I can’t let you know. I’m not Tank, on the finish of the day. I’m an actual n—–. I’mma let you know the reality. I’m not Tank. He’s the large star. He’s the pay-per-view star. I can’t throw no affords to Tank. Who am I to throw a proposal to the largest star in boxing? What am I going to supply him? It don’t make sense. That must be on their half, on their workforce to need to try this.
“I need to try this. I’d love that struggle. I believe that’s the perfect struggle in boxing, if we talking skills-wise. He’s not gonna inform y’all that as a result of nonetheless he be pondering the way in which that he assume. However me, in truth, I believe that’s the perfect struggle in boxing and I need to show to the world who I really am.”
Stevenson (is reportedly set to tackle Dominican contender Edwin De Los Santos (16-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC 135-pound title Nov. 16 in Las Vegas. Stevenson was initially headed right into a showdown with Frank Martin however Martin, after agreeing to a deal, pulled out of the struggle on the eleventh hour. Martin has not given a rationale for his abrupt resolution.
Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) was lately launched from a Baltimore jail after serving 44 days because of a violation of the phrases of his home arrest. Davis pleaded responsible in Might to a number of counts from a hit-and-run in November 2020 that left 4 folks injured, together with a pregnant girl.
Sean Nam is the writer of Homicide on Federal Avenue: Tyrone Everett, the Black Mafia, and the Final Golden Age of Philadelphia Boxing.