Devin Haney Calls Tank Davis An ‘All-Time Great’
Tanks Davis is arguably one the most exciting fighters in the sport. In his 29 wins, Davis has stopped 27 by way of knockout. That includes three stoppages in a row. In the boxer’s biggest fight, Davis stopped Ryan Garcia in the seventh round with a body shot in a fight that sold over 1.2 million PPVs.
However, the narrative towards Davis has been that he avoids facing the biggest names in favor of fewer risks for bigger paydays. The failure to fight Shakur Stevenson, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Haney has earned him that perception. In addition, the imposition of restrictions against bigger fighters has also drawn criticism. Ryan Garcia was vocal about how the ten-pound rehydration clause had hindered him in his loss. Despite this being the case, Haney gave Tank Davis his props.
Haney On Davis
“I think he’s good. I think he has skills, speed, power. He’s an all-time great,” Haney said
Those comments also come as Haney targets a fight with Davis. The Dream moved to 140 to take on Regis Prograis for the latter’s WBC belt. Haney dominated the bout to win a clear unanimous decision to become a two-division world champion.
Therefore, if a fight with Haney and Davis were to play out, Davis would have to move up to 140. In addition, Haney has spoken out against any rehydration clauses, making it much more difficult to make the fight. However, given the magnitude of the fight, Haney did have it on his radar.
“Tank Davis. I think that’s the biggest fight in boxing, to be real. You know, we all know what kinda draw he is. You know, we know what kinda draw I’m becoming. And I think it’s a huge fight,” Haney said
Despite this being the case, Davis has not been too complimentary of Haney. The boxer reacted negatively to the news that Haney had sold out the Chase Center in San Francisco. The 16,000 capacity was full, requiring the venue to be opened up more.
Haney made his first appearance in the Bay Area since he became a professional in 2015. The upper area of the venue was then opened in a fight where Haney delivered the goods. Eddie Hearn was delighted over the numbers, showing Haney’s star power.
“You show me, you talk about Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez, they can’t sell 3000-4000… I don’t know what Shakur sold in Las Vegas… Less than 2000. He’s an amazing fighter, but the excuse used to be about Devin Haney. Oh, he just doesn’t sell. What happens when he goes to a new city that doesn’t even host boxing?
“And sell 16,000. People like Teofimo Lopez, I’ve done a fight with Teofimo Lopez; the undisputed lightweight world championship. We just sold out the theatre. And when he boxed Josh Taylor for the unified championship at 140, they couldn’t even sell out the theatre. And that’s a massive fight,” Hearn said
In response, Davis mocked the tick sales by stating the following.
“Tickets $57 dollars, it should be”
Either way, Haney made a significant statement after the Prograis win. And that will serve him well moving forward.
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