The two boxers have been linked with a fight since team Haney called him out after the Regis Prograis fight. Haney became the new WBC junior welterweight champion, but ‘The Dream’ accused Davis of not wanting to fight. Davis and Haney subsequently traded verbal shots on social media as Tank accused him of cheating by rehydrating to 165 for the Prograis fight. The issue of the rehydration clause will be a sticking point since Davis imposed them on much bigger fighters such as Ryan Garcia and Mario Barrios. Devin and Bill Haney have ruled out a rehydration clause, adding another hurdle.
“Let the rules be the rules and let the best man win. You cannot get on the Mount Rushmore of boxing with those rules. He’s the rehydration champion,” Bill Haney said
Hearn still expects the fight to happen, but he also felt there should be no rehydration clause.
“I think Devin is going to be very difficult to beat. I think Tank is a great fighter. I don’t see that fight getting made next, but I see it in 2024. Why should there there be a rehydration clause, especially when you’re fighting for a belt. I don’t know. It’s one to discuss, but I don’t see it happening next, but I think we will get it,” Hearn stated
The social media response was mixed with the fanbase from both sides having an opinion.
Why not fight on an even playing field though? Weigh in 140 day before, with a clause you can’t rehydrate over 155lb? What’s wrong with that?
— RAJ 4 MVP 🏆 (@donaldracuna13) December 14, 2023
Does all of boxing do rehydration clauses? The rules are. Weigh in, rehydrate. Tank wants everyone a their weakest
— Tony Stavoli (@TStav21) December 14, 2023
Not how this works. Every boxer hydrates back except maybe heavyweights sometimes. All that matters is the fighter makes 140.
— boxingTre (@BoxingTre) December 14, 2023