Pound for Pound star Gervonta Davis remains close to a shot at Devin Haney’s undisputed lightweight crown.
As explained by World Boxing News on many occasions in the past, Davis is inches away from being announced as the WBA’s next challenger.
Davis will get the call soon. It is simply a matter of time.
Haney has a contracted rematch with George Kambosos Jr. in the pipeline following his impressive win over the Greek-Aussie down under at Marvel Stadium.
Haney vs. Kambosos is not yet officially announced. However, it is in line to be next.
There were reports that Vasyl Lomachenko may get the call first per the WBO’s stipulation. But that looks to be on the sidelines for the immediate future.
Lomacheko should be Haney’s second defense should he retain against Kambosos before an extensive discussion takes place.
As Haney fought twice against Kambosos when a number one challenger was due in Loma, this should see “The Dream” facing two mandatories back-to-back.
Kambosos will get his chance before the end of the year, giving Loma his opportunity by the first quarter of 2023.
That leaves the eventual winner of the Haney/Kambosos/Lomachenko triangle highly likely to be pitted against Davis.
The WBA should follow the WBO as the IBF number one, Kambosos, is already getting his immediate shot.
Therefore, Haney vs Davis has a tentative date for the summer of 2023. That’s when the WBA aims to finalize its title reduction next year.
At the moment, there are nine divisions to go from the seventeen. The WBA has already worked hard to go through eight weight classes to get a sole champion.
“I expect at least three more divisions with one champion by the end of the year,” promised Gilberto Mendoza, President of the World Boxing Association.
Of the nine remaining divisions, Haney vs Gervonta Davis is one of the fights that must happen, along with the likes of Spence vs Stanionis and Leo Santa Cruz vs Leigh Wood.
Some weight classes will see champions move on and regular titleholders elevated in status. However, Davis would be looking to face Haney if there was an expected purse bid situation.
Haney vs Gervonta Davis
This scenario would give Al Haymon, Floyd Mayweather, and Leonard Ellerbe the chance to control the narrative and make a huge bid to get the fight on Tank’s terms.
A lot needs to happen before then, although Gervonta Davis is effectively treading water until the situation between Haney, Kambosos, and Loma finds resolution.
In the meantime, Davis could take another fight at 140. Either that or consider an even more significant challenger until the belts finally come to his path.
All he has to do is wait.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.