By Keith Idec
LAS VEGAS – Gervonta Davis doesn’t know when or even if he’ll fight Vasyl Lomachenko.
The unbeaten IBF super featherweight champion does know that he’ll pay close attention if Lomachenko faces fellow veteran southpaw Guillermo Rigondeaux. Negotiations are ongoing for Rigondeaux to move up from 122 pounds to 130 to challenge Lomachenko for his WBO super featherweight title December 9 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Davis gives Cuba’s Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs, 1 NC) a legitimate chance to beat Ukraine’s Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs), despite that the WBA super bantamweight champion will move up two weight classes to fight him.
“Lomachenko just moved up from 126 and I believe that Rigondeaux do have the skills to beat him,” Davis said before a press conference Thursday at MGM Grand for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor undercard Saturday night. “I think it’s gonna be a great fight and I’m ready for it, just being a fan of boxing.”
Baltimore’s Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) hopes to gain plenty of fans of his own when he encounters Costa Rica’s Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) in his high-profile undercard fight immediately before Mayweather-McGregor on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena (Showtime Pay-Per-View; $99.95 in HD).
As for Lomachenko-Rigondeaux, Davis expects it to be very competitive, though not necessarily an entertaining fight.
“I don’t think he’s too old – not just yet,” Davis said in reference to the 36-year-old Rigondeaux. “But he’s got great skills. Just putting them guys together, hopefully it’ll be a great fight. But normally when you put two top guys together, normally it turns out I don’t wanna say boring – not in this case.
“But I’m just saying when you put two smart guys, great boxers in front of each other, it’s really chess, so you don’t get how skillful they is. But if you put an ‘A’ guy, like a top, great guy, against somebody who’s like ‘B’ or ‘C,’ then you can see how good this man could be. They could show everything.”
Regardless, the left-handed knockout artist will watch Lomachenko-Rigondeaux with great interest.
“That’s a great fight,” Davis said. “I’ll definitely be watching because – I wasn’t a fan of the sport at first, when I first signed with Floyd, because of the hatred I was getting from the people not liking him. So I was really falling back from the sport and staying to myself.
“But I’m getting back into liking the sport and loving the sport. I’m still a fan of the sport. I wanna see that fight. I wanna see how it goes. I definitely can learn from that fight because I’m definitely still young and them guys have experience that I don’t have. I’ll definitely be watching and be learning.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.