Arum Doubts Tank Davis’ Interest In A Shakur Fight

Bob Arum has doubts about Gervonta Davis desire to fight Shakur Stevenson, saying Tank’s financial demands may prove too much. 

The pressure is on Arum to deliver after Stevenson recently announced he was retiring from the sport. Shakur’s statement came once the WBO mandated Emanuel Navarrete vs Denys Berinchyk for the vacant lightweight title. Since that prevented Shakur from unifying, his options were limited in his quest to become undisputed. Vasiliy Lomachenko has agreed to fight George Kambosos Jr. for the vacant IBF Lightweight Title, while the WBA Champion Davis looks no closer to facing Shakur. Arum feels Tank’s purse demands will scupper a fight, even with Shakur’s desire to fight the best. 

“As far as Shakur is concerned, he wants to do that fight, and it’s not [Al] Haymon or anybody. It’s Gervonta Davis that has to want to do that fight. Remember, he [Tank Davis] came off a big, big fight against [influencer boxer Ryan] Garcia, and even though it’s [Shakur] a much more difficult fight, fighting Shakur doesn’t give him the same payday because Garcia inflates the numbers because of his social media presence [11 million Instagram followers],” Arum said

Shakur may have to leave Top Rank to secure those big fights. His close friend and sparring partner, Terence Crawford, did the same to secure the Errol Spence Jr. fight. Signing with DAZN increases Shakur’s chances of making the Devin Haney fight, while a deal with PBC may make the Tank Davis fight. With reports Shakur has one fight left on his Top Rank deal, Arum faces a battle to keep his fighter happy. 

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