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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.”

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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 BoxingScene.com. 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.

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