Arum Wants Loma, Shakur And Lopez To Fight Tank Davis – ‘All Three Would Beat Davis’

Bob Arum is willing to put his top fighters against Gervonta Davis.

Arum considers Teofimo Lopez, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Shakur Stevenson as credible opponents. Loma and Stevenson are in the same weight class as Davis. Stevenson holds the WBC lightweight belt after beating Edwin De Los Santos to secure the vacant title. Stevenson was booed for his below-par performance, but the post-fight diagnosis showed he had a hand injury coming into the fight.

Davis’ trainer Calvin Ford ruled out a fight with Stevenson, given the financials did not make sense. A fight between Loma and Stevenson is easier to make since they are both with Top Rank. Davis had been linked with the three-division champion, but given that Lomachenko is in the latter part of his career, he is no longer the same fighter. The losses to Lopez and Haney showed chinks in his armor. A fight with Lopez could only occur if Davis moved up to 140. Davis has appeared reluctant to do that for Devin Haney, making it unlikely for Lopez. But Arum was aiming to get those big fights.

“Tank Davis is an excellent fighter and a big attraction. So sure we’d like to match [Stevenson, Lomachenko, and Lopez] against Tank Davis and see how well they would do. I like our guys to win the fight … All three would beat Davis. I really believe that,” Arum said

Arum remains hopeful given the potential for Saudi Arabia to get involved. The Kingdom has staged the Francis Ngannou vs Tyson Fury bout, which earned both men their highest-ever purse. Saudi has also secured Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk for undisputed, while Artur Beterbiev vs Dmitry Bivol has been signed. Arum felt there was potential for Saudi to make those fights. 

“The way it will probably happen, where everything is happening, is the Saudis … [they] might decide to do the fight, after Ramadan this summer and cut the checks to the fighters. And that ends any kind of discussion of who gets what percentages.  The stuff about A-side and dictating terms, that’s total and complete nonsense. Once you settle on the money and work out the percentages, then everything else is easy,” Arum stated  


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