Gervonta Davis: Lomachenko Fight Won't Make My Career

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Gervonta Davis and his promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., have been unapologetic about refusing to consider a fight against Vasyl Lomachenko just yet.

Mayweather has made it clear that the fast-developing Davis won’t pursue a 130-pound title unification fight against Lomachenko any time soon. If it never happens, the 22-year-old Davis doesn’t think it’ll adversely affect his career.

“I don’t think [I’ll be] disappointed,” Davis said before a press conference Thursday at MGM Grand. “If the fight happens, it happens. I believe that he’s a great fighter. I don’t think he’ll make my career. It’s not that I can say I have to fight him for my career to go well. If the fight happens, it happens. I wish him the best with his upcoming fight and I’m focused on my fight.”


Davis referred to Lomachenko’s potential fight against WBA 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux on December 9 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The powerful southpaw from Baltimore is looking forward to watching Ukraine’s Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) battle Cuba’s Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs, 1 NC) if their deal gets finalized.

For now, though, Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) is focused on the expansive platform on which he’ll fight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Davis is scheduled to defend his IBF super featherweight title against unknown Costa Rican Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) in the co-featured fight before Mayweather meets UFC superstar Conor McGregor in a 12-round, 154-pound main event (Showtime Pay-Per-View; $99.95 in HD).

Davis is listed as a 50-1 favorite over Fonseca by most Las Vegas and Internet sports books. Assuming Davis defeats Fonseca, he hopes to pursue a 130-pound title unification fight against WBC champion Miguel Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) or WBA champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs, 1 NC).

“I actually wanna unify pretty soon,” Davis said. “If not unify, move up to 35 and get a fight at 135 [against] one of them champs up there. I’m open for it. … I might move up. If I don’t get a [unification fight] against one of the guys at 30, I’m gonna move up to 35 to try to get one of them belts, and then probably move back down.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by THC on 09-04-2017

[QUOTE=daggum;18015571]he didnt grab a belt in the uk. he went there because of his mandatory to fight some unknown untested guy.[/QUOTE]Thx for the correction.

Comment by daggum on 09-04-2017

[QUOTE=THC;17984891]I don't want to dump on the guy. Big respect for the way he built himself into a world class athlete rather than take the path to becoming a street thug with all the 'hood distractions in Baltimore. [B]Going to…

Comment by j.razor on 09-04-2017

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;17979327]Flawed logic at the least. Loma is on a winning streak too in case you haven't noticed. So what is Davis' excuse that Loma won't do anything for his career. It is the same damn logic Floyd used to avoid…

Comment by THC on 08-26-2017

I don't want to dump on the guy. Big respect for the way he built himself into a world class athlete rather than take the path to becoming a street thug with all the 'hood distractions in Baltimore. Going to…

Comment by RoyJonesJrp4pno1 on 08-26-2017

Tank is correct. Fighting Lomachenko wouldn't make his career, it would end it.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (141)
Top Headlines News: Clestus Seldin, Efren Lopez, HBO's Fight Game, More Edis Tatli Regains Euro Title, Decisions Francesco Patera Hearn on DeGale: When You Are Free Agent, Nobody Gives a F***! Fury To Joshua: Where You at Boy? No One Blocking My Path Now! HBO's Tripleheader Peaked at 618,000 Viewers Saturday Night Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Sonny Fredrickson on ShoBox, Jan. 12 Carlos Cuadras vs. McWilliams Arroyo on Superfly 2, Feb. 24 Rigondeaux's Left Hand Bruised, Not Broken, in Lomachenko Loss Amir Khan Will Scout Jeff Horn: I'd Go To Australia To Fight Him Photos: Katie Taylor vs. Jessica McCaskill, Undercard - Weigh-In ESPN’s Loma-Rigo Watched By 1.73M; Basic Cable’s No. 2 Since 2012 Tyson Fury Free To Box After UKAD Ruling Lomachenko Isn't Impressed With What He Has Done This Year Saunders: I'll Give Lemieux My Purse if My Chin Doesn't Hold Up! Ward Does Not Think Kovalev is Back, Just Had Perfect Opponent Horn Trainer: No Judges From Australia, No Advantage for Us Lee Selby Ready To Fight Josh Warrington at Elland Road Katie Taylor Aims For 'Big 2018' - To Unify Lightweight Division NSAC Head: No Reason Not To Give Boxing License To Nate Diaz Groves-Eubank Undercard: Ryan Walsh vs. Isaac Lowe is Set Manny Pacquiao Could Return in Mexico City, Says Beltran Jeff Horn "Very Relieved" To Make Weight For Gary Corcoran Mikael Zewski Stops Martin Escobar at the Montreal Casino Lomachenko Would Be Wise To Consider Pacquiao Possibilities Arum: Who Gives a Sh*t About White, He's a Piece of Crap! Fenech: Nothing Illegal in Jeff Horn Tactics, He is Not Dirty Fighter! Truax: DeGale Looked Past Me, You Can't Do That in Boxing Joshua Promoter: Wilder on Cloud Nine With His 50-50 Demand CompuBox Statistical Update: Lomachenko Now #1 Defender Ravshan Hudaynazarov Return Scratched, Justin Thomas Wins Lomachenko Manager: No Surprise Rigondeaux Quit, It's a Shame Canelo vs. Golovkin Rematch Deal is "Getting Very Close" Photos: Francesco Patera, Edis Tatli Ready For Rematch Battle Former Manager: Rigondeaux Will Be Remembered For Quit Job Cletus Seldin Vows To Put Real Hurt on Ulysse in HBO Clash Lomachenko vs. Linares a Possibility, Says Golden Boy President Saunders: When I Beat Lemieux, Would Love to Fight Canelo Next Photos: Katie Taylor, Jessica McCaskill - Face To Face at Presser Hearn: Joshua vs. Parker Deal is Close, We're Ready To Overpay BJ Flores Expects Boost, Big Fights From Salita Promotions Deal

Latest Active Forum Threads