Both fighters are currently champions in the lightweight division. Davis was elevated from his ‘Regular Champion’ status to a full champion after Devin Haney vacated and jumped up to Junior Welterweight. Stevenson is the WBC Lightweight Champion. He fought Edwin De Los Santos for the vacant belt, beating him unanimously to become a three-division champion.
Before Stevenson’s fight, Ford ruled out a fight with Shakur, stating the financials did not make sense. Shakur’s performance against De Los Santos has reinforced those comments. Stevenson was booed during and after the fight over how he performed. On his way to a points decision, the champion fought off his jab in a defensive manner. Although Stevenson had a hand injury entering the fight, the bout failed to resonate with the wider boxing audience. Now, Ford has stated the risk is not worth taking.
“Do the fans pay for that? Why would I put Tank in that situation when we can’t do what we do? Right now, if Tank doesn’t get a knockout, Do you get what I’m saying? Everybody thinks Tank has got to knock somebody out to win a fight. In that fight with Shakur, I thought the guy [Edwin De Los Santos] won the first round. They gave the first round to Shakur. Do you want to put yourself in a fight like that?” Ford stated
That could change if Stevenson does crossover to PBC. He has one more fight left on his Top Rank deal and has already indicated his intention to explore his free agency. A Shakur-Davis fight would also depend on the purse splits being heavily in favor of Tank. But if Davis aspires to be the best of his era, he must face Stevenson.
— AccordingToBoxing (@AccordToBoxing) January 24, 2024
So Tanks only going to fight guys he can knock out?
— RB THE BALLER (@rbtheballer) January 24, 2024
Ahh man excuses, excuses, excuses
— 𝗜 𝗔𝗠 (@YOSOYBTC) January 24, 2024