There is a perception that Davis avoids facing the best to secure less risky fights and bigger paydays. His best win was against Ryan Garcia, a fight where the latter was hindered by the ten-pound rehydration clause. Devin Haney, Vasiliy Lomachenko, and Shakur Stevenson are some of the names being mentioned for Davis. Since Haney has moved up to 140, fights against Stevenson and Lomachenko remain the toughest at 135. De La Hoya wants to see the boxer unify against those names.
“He beat Ryan in a big event, a big PPV blockbuster, and I think Tank has to go after a world champion. I don’t know if he’s a world champion now. So maybe he has to unify. Maybe Tank [should fight in a unification at lightweight]. Yeah, a unification would be great, but obviously fighting the top dogs, the best of the best, and it’s in him. Tank Davis is a beast. He’s an amazing fighter. I have no doubt he’ll want to go in there against the very best,” De La Hoya said
Davis has shown a reluctance to do this. The boxer is on course to being elevated from the WBA ‘regular’ champion to a full champion after Haney vacated the belts. Davis expressed his dissatisfaction with this since he would be required to face mandatories and potentially fight the best. Stevenson is the current WBC champion, which provides Davis a chance to unify. Reports also stress that Lomachenko and George Kambosos Jr. are in talks to fight for the vacant IBF belt. But so far, Davis has failed to call out those names.