Gervonta Davis has expressed his dissatisfaction towards being elevated from his ‘regular’ WBA lightweight title to the status of a full champion following Devin Haney’s decision to vacate his belts at 135 pounds.
The move will make Davis a two-weight world champion following his accomplishments at super featherweight, and junior welterweight. And with that, Davis would have extra leverage in negotiations when it comes to making the biggest fights at lightweight. As of now, a fight with Shakur Stevenson in a unification could make sense since the latter is the WBC champion. In addition, Davis could also face the winner of George Kambosos Jr. vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko after reports that the two boxers could fight for the vacant IBF belt. Despite this being the case, Davis was against the idea.
“I don’t want that s***” Gervonta Davis said
Those comments are understandable when we look at the implications of this. Davis would have to contend with his mandatory obligations, thus restricting his freedom when it comes to picking which fights he wants to make. In addition, there is also the question of paying sanctioning fees. It is no secret that Davis is a cash cow in the sport, which is why the sanctioning fees would only reduce his purses further. And given that Davis is coming off a lucrative fight against Ryan Garcia, getting a new belt may not be at the top of his priorities.
He don’t want to pay them sanctioning fees 🤣🤣🤣That’s 3% every fight to the WBA
— Chris Castro (@chriscastro21) November 30, 2023
lol being a real champ means real champion responsibilities
— WMMA Scene Now (@NowWmma) November 30, 2023
Tank doesn’t want anything but money
— Lone Huntsman (@HuntsmanLone) November 30, 2023