Shakur Stevenson: Tank Davis Is Ducking Top Fighters

Shakur Stevenson has accused Gervonta Davis of avoiding the best fighters. 

Davis defends his WBA Lightweight Title against Frank Martin on June 15. He announced his new 6-7 fight PBC deal, indicating his intention to fight the biggest names. Davis said Vasiliy Lomachenko was next after the Ukrainian’s win over George Kambosos Jr. to win the IBF Lightweight Title. Tank also earmarked Shakur as a future opponent.

Davis’ biggest win so far is a seventh-round stoppage of Ryan Garcia last year. But Stevenson questioned his decision to fight Martin. Shakur was on the verge of fighting Martin, only for his opponent to pull out. Stevenson faced Edwin De Los Santos in an underwhelming performance, although he still won. Shakur felt that if Davis had been serious about facing the best, he should have boxed De Los Santos instead. 

“That’s why he’s fighting him. He’s picking and choosing. That’s what he do. Tank take the least risk. If Tank were this risky [guy] that he claims to be, he would have fought Edwin De Los Santos. Why not fight the guy that actually fought me instead of the guy that pulled out from fighting me [Frank Martin]? “That doesn’t even make sense. If you’re really like that. You see this guy [De Los Santos] is a really big 135-pounder. He’s got boxing skills and power. You’d get credit for beating him. Why not fight him?” Stevenson said

Shakur faces Artem Harutyunyan on July 6 in the first defense of his belt. It is his final fight under Top Rank, leaving him a free agent. A win for Shakur could set up a unification with Davis. As the fight has been brewing for so long, Shakur recognized that fighters want the most money, making it a calculated decision. 

“This is a game where guys take the least risk for the most amount of money, and I respect it. They got it from the best of them [Floyd Mayweather Jr?]. I get it. Truthfully, you can’t say nothing bad about me if you’re not going to get in that fire,” Shakur stated

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