Gervonta Davis will be an interested observer one week before he steps into the ring to face Leo Santa Cruz on Oct. 24 on Showtime pay per view.

On Oct. 17 on ESPN, Teofimo Lopez will take on Vasiliy Lomachenko in a lightweight unification match. Both fighters have been linked to Davis ever since the Baltimore fighter made his debut at 135 last year with a TKO win over Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Davis offered his opinion on the fight to the Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer.

“Teofimo has the youth. He's strong and he has skills. Loma is just a veteran. It depends on if Teofimo seizes his moment coming up to the ring like he doesn't care,” Davis said. “If he's a little shaky or questions himself, then I give it to Loma. If he comes up like 'I'm the man,' then we have a problem on our hands."

Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) expressed his desire to fight Lomachenko in two fights at the beginning of 2022 and declared a meeting has not taken place to date due to the politics of boxing out of his control.

As the calendar turns toward the colder months, the boxing schedule is increasingly heating up, and another fight Davis is looking forward to is the welterweight clash between Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia on Nov. 21 on FOX, fighters of which he equally admires.

“That’s a tough fight for both. Errol has the skills and technique, Danny has the timing. He knows how to wait for that perfect moment,” said Davis. “I’m excited and ready to watch it. I’m going to be on the edge of my chair. It’s going to be another great fight for the sport. I’m close with Errol, and Danny gave me an opportunity to spar with him before when I was coming up and he was fighting Zab Judah. He gave me an opportunity, and I am thankful for that. It’s a 50-50 fight for me.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]