Boxing news: Shocking pro vs amateur KO, Canelo and Sergey Kovalev face-to-face, Gervonta Davis next fight

19 Sep

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Deontay Wilder reveals three-fight plan

He’s already announced that his upcoming contest at the end of this year will be the second fight with Luis Ortiz.

When asked for his three-fight schedule, Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice: “After Ortiz, it’d be Fury. Then after Fury, s***, it’d be Ruiz.

“I’m gonna call it into existence, I think Ruiz gonna beat [Anthony] Joshua. And when he do, it’ll be me and him.

“I’m looking for Ortiz, Fury, Ruiz and that’s how I’m willing to go – back to back to back.”

If all goes to plan, Wilder and Fury will meet again next year
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Uproar as amateur boxer is ‘brutally and criminally’ KOd by pro, stretchered out of ring

There was a moment of massive controversy at the AIBA World Boxing Championships on Wednesday as a professional boxer brutally knocked out an amateur.

Since the 2016 Olympics, pros have been allowed to enter some of the competitions traditionally belonging only to amateurs and this has led to continuing debate over safety with headguards also recently removed.

This debate has now intensified following the super-heavyweight quarter-finals.

Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov is 6-0 (6 KOs) as a rising professional and scored a huge KO of highly-touted American starlet Richard Torrez, who is yet to turn over.

Torrez had to be stretchered out of the ring as a result and was tended to by medical professionals.

Paulie Malignaggi still wants Conor McGregor fight

When asked if he’d still be willing to settle their feud in the ring, Malignaggi told Jim White on talkSPORT: “Yeah, course. Totally, I’d fight him winner takes all, I’ve said that for years.

“Whoever loses doesn’t get a penny, I’d be all for that.

“In the Octagon he beats me, come on. We can do it bare-knuckle, we can do it boxing.”

Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev come face-to-face

The pair met for the first time at the press conference ahead of their fight on November 2.

Deontay Wilder reveals questionable way he plans to stream Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua rematch

When asked if he’d be attending the bout in Saudi Arabia, the American told ThaBoxingVoice: “Nah, I ain’t gonna be able to attend. I got a lot of s*** going on.

“I’mma try to watch it, we’ll see what happens. I don’t have – what is it going to be on? DAZN?

“My homeboy’s probably gonna call me and we’ll FaceTime each other.”

Wilder will find a way to watch the rematch
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Tommy Fury updates on boxing return plans

“Hopefully I’m looking to get out again before Christmas but there are a lot of opportunities on the table and we have to assess everything as it comes.

“I’ve got far more opportunities from a boxing perspective now.

“Before I went into Love Island, nobody cared. Even with my surname, I had done nothing as an amateur so nobody cared and I’m well aware of that.

“Now it’s different because the following is there and I’m known quite a lot.

“Love Island has been a game changer for my boxing career but I just need to keep my feet on the ground and head screwed on. That’s the trick to being successful.

Tommy is looking to win world titles like his older brother
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Gervonta Davis hints at December return

Davis recently vacated his WBA super-featherweight title, moved up to lightweight and has been linked with a fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Boxing news: Shocking pro vs amateur KO, Canelo and Sergey Kovalev face-to-face, Gervonta Davis next fight

19 Sep

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Deontay Wilder reveals three-fight plan

He’s already announced that his upcoming contest at the end of this year will be the second fight with Luis Ortiz.

When asked for his three-fight schedule, Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice: “After Ortiz, it’d be Fury. Then after Fury, s***, it’d be Ruiz.

“I’m gonna call it into existence, I think Ruiz gonna beat [Anthony] Joshua. And when he do, it’ll be me and him.

“I’m looking for Ortiz, Fury, Ruiz and that’s how I’m willing to go – back to back to back.”

If all goes to plan, Wilder and Fury will meet again next year
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Uproar as amateur boxer is ‘brutally and criminally’ KOd by pro, stretchered out of ring

There was a moment of massive controversy at the AIBA World Boxing Championships on Wednesday as a professional boxer brutally knocked out an amateur.

Since the 2016 Olympics, pros have been allowed to enter some of the competitions traditionally belonging only to amateurs and this has led to continuing debate over safety with headguards also recently removed.

This debate has now intensified following the super-heavyweight quarter-finals.

Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov is 6-0 (6 KOs) as a rising professional and scored a huge KO of highly-touted American starlet Richard Torrez, who is yet to turn over.

Torrez had to be stretchered out of the ring as a result and was tended to by medical professionals.

Paulie Malignaggi still wants Conor McGregor fight

When asked if he’d still be willing to settle their feud in the ring, Malignaggi told Jim White on talkSPORT: “Yeah, course. Totally, I’d fight him winner takes all, I’ve said that for years.

“Whoever loses doesn’t get a penny, I’d be all for that.

“In the Octagon he beats me, come on. We can do it bare-knuckle, we can do it boxing.”

Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev come face-to-face

The pair met for the first time at the press conference ahead of their fight on November 2.

Deontay Wilder reveals questionable way he plans to stream Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua rematch

When asked if he’d be attending the bout in Saudi Arabia, the American told ThaBoxingVoice: “Nah, I ain’t gonna be able to attend. I got a lot of s*** going on.

“I’mma try to watch it, we’ll see what happens. I don’t have – what is it going to be on? DAZN?

“My homeboy’s probably gonna call me and we’ll FaceTime each other.”

Wilder will find a way to watch the rematch
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Tommy Fury updates on boxing return plans

“Hopefully I’m looking to get out again before Christmas but there are a lot of opportunities on the table and we have to assess everything as it comes.

“I’ve got far more opportunities from a boxing perspective now.

“Before I went into Love Island, nobody cared. Even with my surname, I had done nothing as an amateur so nobody cared and I’m well aware of that.

“Now it’s different because the following is there and I’m known quite a lot.

“Love Island has been a game changer for my boxing career but I just need to keep my feet on the ground and head screwed on. That’s the trick to being successful.

Tommy is looking to win world titles like his older brother
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Gervonta Davis hints at December return

Davis recently vacated his WBA super-featherweight title, moved up to lightweight and has been linked with a fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Boxing news: Gervonta Davis confident Vasyl Lomachenko fight will happen ‘at the right time’

10 Sep

Gervonta Davis has confidently assured fans that he believes he will fight Vasyl Lomachenko after announcing a move up to lightweight.

The 24-year-old former super-featherweight champion vacated his belt earlier this month and will now campaign at 135lbs – where Loma holds three of the four titles.

Gervonta Davis is signed to Mayweather Promotions
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“I just want to move up and try to win more belts, basically make myself one of the top guys,” Davis explained to ESPN.

“So I think it was best for me to move up and try to get one of them belts.

“I’m comfortable fighting at 130lbs. I can actually come back down and fight at 130lbs.

“But right now it was frustrating not being able to get big fights at 130lbs. So I’ll move up and see who I can get at 135lbs.

“If I can’t get anyone at 135lbs or if I win a belt, and there’s a big opportunity to fight with someone at 130lbs, I’d do that.”

Lomachenko has the WBA, WBC & WBO titles, and is planning to fight for the IBF next year
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Many see three-weight champion Loma as boxing’s best today and some see Davis as one of the few with the capabilities to truly test him.

When asked about the possibility of that fight happening, ‘Tank’ replied: “I want to be in position to fight for a belt.

“So if I can get one of the champions or get someone that would line me up to get a belt then I’m cool with that.

“Lomachenko is definitely one of the top opponents for me at 130 or 135.

“I believe it will happen, but it got to be at the right time.”

Boxing news: Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr ’99 times out of 100′, Povetkin wants Tyson Fury and Bellew on Lomachenko vs Gervonta Davis

2 Sep

It was another thrilling weekend of boxing as the world focused their attention on London’s 02 Arena to see one of the pound-for-pound best in action.

Vasyl Lomachenko outclassed a brave Luke Campbell in the capital to add the WBC Lightweight world title to his WBO and WBA straps.

It was a packed card on Saturday evening, with plenty of stories emerging from the weekend as the attention turns to the final quarter of 2019 in the fighting calendar.

Here are the latest stories from the world of boxing.

Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Luke Campbell by a wide points decision to add the WBC Lightweight strap to his haul
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Barry Hearn believes Anthony Joshua gains revenge over Ruiz Jr

Matchroom Boxing chairman Barry Hearn is adamant Anthony Joshua will convincingly defeat Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim his world titles.

The boxing world was stunned when, at the beginning of June, the unfancied Mexican stopped AJ on his US debut in Madison Square Garden.

Although an immediate rematch was sanctioned for December 7 in Saudi Arabia, concerns lingered about Joshua’s mental state after such a damaging defeat with so much riding on the line.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocked Anthony Joshua down four times and stopped him in New York
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But Hearn told the Sunday Telegraph the 30-year-old is adamant this is the fight he wants next.

“AJ walked onto one and got beat,” he said. “ Welcome to heavyweight boxing. Ruiz signed for a rematch. The insurance policy is that Joshua has one chance back at it. Do you take your chance? Yes, of course you do. Anyone else who says different is just looking for column inches. You would fancy Joshua against Ruiz 99 times out of 100.” ​

Hearn insists Joshua is confident of winning and that ‘money talks sense’.​

“To refuse the rematch would mean you’d come back as a challenger with no claims. You’d be in a weaker negotiating place,” he says. “You’re still one fight away. The downturn is massive. If you get beat in the second fight, you may not be finished but it’s a massive dent in the commercial side. You get over one. Lennox Lewis came back after one shock defeat and another, too.​

“Do we let Ruiz walk away with all the belts and not take the chance to get them back? Don’t be ridiculous. Anyone who says that is in cloud cuckoo land. This is the fight Anthony wants.”​

Povetkin wants Tyson after dispatching Hughie

Alexander Povetkin has called out Tyson Fury after claiming victory over cousin Hughie at the 02 on Saturday.

The Russian proved too aggressive and too strong for the 24-year-old, who was hoping to control the fight with his jab.

Povetkin beat Hughie Fury by a unanimous points decision at the 02
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But the youngster came unstuck against the wily veteran and lost via a unanimous decision.

Cousin Tyson is currently preparing to fight Otto Wallin on September 14 in Las Vegas, after claiming a host of fighters turned down the opportunity to face him.

Former WBA heavyweight champion Povetkin has now turned his attention to the lineal heavyweight champion of the world for a fight in December in the UK.

Povetkin said: “He’s talked a great deal about me turning down offers to fight him this year which were never sent.

“He speaks of wanting to fight in England before the end of the year; this is a perfect plan for me.

“I’d be happy to return to fight in front of these great boxing fans and prove to them and the rest of the world that I can beat Tyson Fury.”

Bellew believes Loma makes Davis ‘look stupid’

Tony Bellew acknowledges Gervonta Davis is probably Vasyl Lomachenko’s biggest threat, but believes the Ukrainian still makes the youngster ‘look stupid’.

‘Loma’ showcased all of his ring craft and technical brilliance to outpoint Luka Campbell and reiterated his desire to become the undisputed Lightweight champion.

Davis has reportedly vacated his WBA super-featherweight title and made the move up to lightweight, meaning a fight with the 31-year-old could be a real possibility in the future.

Lomachenko and Davis appear to be on a collision course
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But former cruiserweight world champion Bellew believes a fight between the pair at any weight is a formality.

“He just made another quality fighter look normal, man,” Bellew told iFL TV. “He’s just a special fighter. The only thing that beats him now is size.

“Nothing below 135 is touching him. I’m sorry to say, I don’t care who it is, and that includes Gervonta Davis.”

“I don’t know if he’s big enough. You can never count him out, he’s so powerful.”

Davis has not earned the nickname of ‘Tank’ for nothing however, with 21 of his 22 wins coming by way of knockout.

Floyd Mayweather’s protege is still only 24 years of age and the move up in weight means his power is only likely to increase.

But ‘The Bomber’ insists no-one can touch the double Olympic champion.

“There’s no one even close,” Bellew continued. “His biggest threat is Gervonta Davis, but I actually think he make Gervonta Davis look stupid.

“Gervonta Davis is exceptional as well, and I’m a big fan. But this boy is in a different atmosphere to everyone else is on planet Earth, and this boy has conquered Earth.

“Now he’s going to conquer Mars.

Boxing news: Gervonta Davis appears to vacate world title, moving up to Vasyl Lomachenko’s weight class

1 Sep

Gervonta Davis has vacated his WBA super-featherweight title and is now moving up to lightweight, according to the sanctioning body’s latest rankings.

The 24-year-old, who previously also held the IBF super-featherweight belt, is now no longer listed as champion by the WBA and is instead ranked #1 in the division above.

Gervonta Davis is signed to Mayweather Promotions
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This puts him in prime position to challenge unified WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, who beat Luke Campbell on Saturday night, however there may be a less exciting fight in play.

It is also notable that, despite not fighting in the past month, Yuriorkis Gamboa has leapfrogged Rances Barthelemy and Robert Easter Jr up to #2.

Last time out, Davis and Gamboa fought on the same show with the suggestion that they may face one another next.

The new WBA lightweight rankings
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It looks as though this may now be in the works, with the WBA possibly about to put one of their vacant secondary ‘regular’ belts on the line.

The WBA are infamous for their proliferation of unnecessary belts in boxing and this would just be the latest instalment.

This whole saga may come as a disappointment to some boxing fans, who were hoping to see Davis unify against Tevin Farmer at super-featherweight or challenge Lomachenko at lightweight.

Gervonta Davis next fight: Young star reportedly planned for July 27 in Baltimore – Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ricardo Nunez potential opponents

14 Apr

Gervonta Davis’ second bout of 2019 is being plotted for July 27 at the Royal Farms Arena in his hometown of Baltimore, according to reports.

The two-time super-featherweight titlist knocked out late replacement opponent Hugo Ruiz within one round on February 9 and is looking to get back out again relatively quickly.

Gervonta Davis is 21-0 (20 KOs)

It’s claimed by BoxingScene that 37-year-old former unified champion Yuriorkis Gamboa is being ‘seriously considered’ as the opponent for Davis.

However a mandatory defence against Ricardo Nunez is also possible.

Initially, Gervonta Davis was the IBF super-featherweight champion – taking the title from Jose Pedraza in January 2017.

SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONS

WBA – Gervonta Davis

WBC – Miguel Berchelt

IBF – Tevin Farmer

WBO – Masayuki Ito

Gervonta Davis is signed to Mayweather Promotions

After coming to London to stop Liam Walsh in his first defence, ‘Tank’ then lost this belt as he came in overweight against Francisco Fonseca, who he knocked out the following day.

Last year, Gervonta received the opportunity to fight for a version of the WBA title and won it by thrashing Jesus Cuellar.

He was then out of the ring for ten months until his last bout against Ruiz and so hopes to remain active and compete at least three times in 2019.

Gervonta Davis promises to retire ‘old man’ Vasyl Lomachenko after Ukrainian declares he’d fight him ‘for free’

10 Apr

Gervonta Davis has sent a bitter warning to Vasyl Lomachenko, vowing to retire him if they ever meet in the ring.

The Floyd Mayweather protégé has been angered by statements from the unified lightweight king, who’d earlier declared he would take the fight without even being paid for it.

Gervonta Davis is signed to Mayweather Promotions

Previous to this, Lomachenko stated Mayweather and Davis were ‘businessmen, not athletes’ in what is likely an attempt to taunt them into accepting a bout with him.

When asked about these comments on Tuesday, Loma told reporters: “I can fight with him for free.

“I don’t need the money, I can [fight him] for my goal. But he’ll never step in the ring for free. Never.”

Vasyl Lomachenko is the unified WBA and WBO lightweight champion

Upon seeing this, America’s WBA super-featherweight champion took to social media to respond.

In a tweet that was later deleted, Davis fired back: “Why the hell would I step in the ring for free? You’re right, I never will. I’m a prizefighter, old man.

“If we fight, I promise I will retire him.”

The best boxing match to be made in every weight class, including Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Canelo Alvarez

2 Apr

The beginning of 2019 has been a frustrating time for boxing fans, because most of the sport’s premier match-ups simply aren’t coming to fruition.

Aside from in the middleweight division – where Canelo Alvarez fights Daniel Jacobs in a May 4 unification – the best bouts in boxing are scarcely being put together, with a variety of mismatches instead taking their place.

Canelo Alvarez will unify middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs in May

In many cases, promotional and broadcast disparities are at the heart of this issue, with multiple top fighters now signed/aligned exclusively to one side.

A prime example of this is at heavyweight, where Anthony Joshua works with Eddie Hearn on DAZN, Deontay Wilder with Al Haymon on Showtime and Tyson Fury with Bob Arum/Frank Warren on ESPN.

The below list removes these irritating boundaries and simply names the best possible fight that could be made in each of boxing’s 17 weight classes at present.

🥊 Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

⚖ Heavyweight (200lbs+)

The consensus suggested that Fury beat Deontay Wilder in their controversial December draw. As a result, an all-British showdown between him and unified champion Joshua is the best bout to be made at heavyweight. It would also be a colossal event and the biggest fight in British history.

🥊 Mairis Briedis vs Yunier Dorticos

⚖ Cruiserweight (200lbs)

With the top two cruiserweights – Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev – moving up to heavyweight, the division has opened up. Thankfully, the next best remaining fighters are in a WBSS tournament with Briedis in one semi-final in June and Dorticos in another. If both win, they’ll meet later this year.

🥊 Dmitry Bivol vs Artur Beterbiev

⚖ Light-Heavyweight (175lbs)

Light-heavyweight contains four unique world champions and is stacked with talent, making it one of the tougher divisions to choose from. While Sergey Kovalev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk are both top class, a mouth-watering unification between power punchers Bivol and Beterbiev tops the lot.

🥊 Callum Smith vs David Benavidez

⚖ Super-Middleweight (168lbs)

Both Smith and Benavidez tower above most super-middleweights, but would prove an even match for one another. Benavidez was stripped of his world title last year after testing positive for cocaine, but is now in position to win it back again and could then unify against Smith.

🥊 Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin III

⚖ Middleweight (160lbs)

Quite remarkably, the best fight to be made at middleweight is actually happening as Canelo faces Daniel Jacobs on May 4. Aside from that unification, a trilogy bout between Canelo and GGG is still an incredible match-up because the result of their thrilling rematch was disputed.

🥊 Jarrett Hurd vs Jaime Munguia

⚖ Super-Welterweight (154lbs)

It sounds as if Jermell Charlo will get the chance to regain his WBC title from Tony Harrison in June, with the aim of unifying against Hurd afterwards. While this is a tantalising prospect, a unification with hard-hitting young Mexican Munguia is undoubtedly the best fight available at present.

🥊 Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford

⚖ Welterweight (147lbs)

A match-up between welterweight king Spence and three-weight world champion Crawford is one of the best that can be made in the entire sport. Both are in the pound-for-pound top ten and both hold titles at 147lbs. A potential all-American clash for the ages.

🥊 Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor

⚖ Super-Lightweight (140lbs)

Unlike any other division, the best fight to be made at super-lightweight contains two men who are yet to become champions. Prograis and Taylor are both due to fight for titles imminently. Like with the cruiserweights, the pair are on a collision course to meet in a WBSS final this year.

🥊 Vasyl Lomachenko vs Mikey Garcia

⚖ Lightweight (135lbs)

Despite his recent defeat to Errol Spence at welterweight, Garcia is still an elite fighter in his natural division. Many previously saw the four-weight champion as the only man to challenge three-weight star Lomachenko, although it remains to be seen whether Garcia can return to lightweight.

🥊 Gervonta Davis vs Miguel Berchelt

⚖ Super-Featherweight (130lbs)

Davis stands out as the most eye-catching super-featherweight at present, with Berchelt and Tevin Farmer hot on his heels. It’s tough to pick which of the latter pair would provide the toughest test for Davis, but a unification with come-forward Mexican Berchelt would almost certainly be most explosive.

🥊 Leo Santa Cruz vs Gary Russell Jr

⚖ Featherweight (126lbs)

On current form, Josh Warrington is the best featherweight on Earth, however American champions Santa Cruz and Russell Jr are both elite, long-reigning title-holders. Oscar Valdez also owns a belt and a fight featuring any two of these four would be a must-see. The all-US showdown is probably the best.

🥊 Rey Vargas vs Daniel Roman

⚖ Super-Bantamweight (122lbs)

Super-bantamweight in an understated division in boxing today, with two long-reigning champions and two boxers who only won their titles late last year. There aren’t many huge fights to make in the weight class, but a clash of established rulers Vargas and Roman would be one to get excited for.

🥊 Naoya Inoue vs Luis Nery

⚖ Bantamweight (118lbs)

Mexico’s Nery is hated in Japan due to the drug/weight issues encountered when he twice beat Shinsuke Yamanaka. Now, the Japanese have a new hero in the form of Inoue. If he comes through the WBSS tournament and Nery reclaims his old WBC title, a bout between them would be irresistible.

🥊 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Jerwin Ancajas

⚖ Super-Flyweight (115lbs)

The super-flyweight division stagnated in the latter half of 2018, but a unification between Srisaket and Ancajas would change this completely. The Thai Rungvisai emerged from obscurity in 2017 with back-to-back wins over former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez. He’s also beaten Juan Estrada.

🥊 Kosei Tanaka vs Charlie Edwards

⚖ Flyweight (112lbs)

At the end of last year, Edwards took Cristofer Rosales’ title with a fantastic performance which put forward his case for being the world’s best flyweight. Tanaka meanwhile was involved in a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender against Sho Kimura and would dispute Edwards’ claim as he’s won belts in three divisions.

🥊 Ken Shiro vs Hiroto Kyoguchi

⚖ Light-Flyweight (108lbs)

Shiro and Kyoguchi are two more of Japan’s rising stars from the smaller weight classes. The former has put together a nice run of wins, although the latter is a two-weight champion and recently stopped Hekkie Budler, a result that thrust him into the light-flyweight big time.

🥊 Wanheng Menayothin vs Knockout CP Freshmart

⚖ Minimumweight (105lbs)

The champion with the best numerical record in all of boxing is Thailand’s 52-0 Wanheng. The 33-year-old brought attention to a much-ignored division last year as he topped Floyd Mayweather’s famous 50-0 slate. He’s held his belt for four years, but is yet to unify – step forward fellow Thai Freshmart.

Vasyl Lomachenko slams Floyd Mayweather and Gervonta Davis – ‘They’re businessmen, not athletes’

9 Mar

Vasyl Lomachenko has hit out at Gervonta Davis and his promoter Floyd Mayweather in response to their recent comments about a potential fight.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound king has voiced his displeasure with the pair after they expressed no intentions of facing him in the near future during a recent interview.

Vasyl Lomachenko is the unified WBA and WBO lightweight champion
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Mayweather told a media scrum that Davis doesn’t need the bout any time soon as he is just 24, while 31-year-old Loma is “very, very old” and “will be 40 before you know it.”

When asked about these comments on THE FIGHT Podcast, Lomachenko said: “They are businessmen, they are not athletes; they are making money.

“I am an athlete and I want to fight with the top fighters for history. For my history and for boxing history.”

Gervonta Davis is the WBA super-featherweight champion

Floyd Mayweather also pointed out the fact that Gervonta Davis knocked out Jose Pedraza to win his first title in 2017, a fighter Vasyl Lomachenko went the distance with almost two years later.

“It was a much different thing when he [Pedraza] fought Gervonta Davis,” Lomachenko answered.

“He had to lose a lot of weight. He was fighting him at his weight class. I wasn’t at his weight class.

“When Pedraza fought Davis, he went and he fought. He was coming forward. With me, he wasn’t coming. He was running back.”