A Gervonta Davis-Vasiliy Lomachenko light-weight matchup is music to Calvin Ford’s ears. (picture by Ryan Hafey)
Ford, the longtime coach of Baltimore’s Davis, lately expounded his ideas about that hypothetical pairing, and suffice to say he was enthusiastic. A Davis-Lomachenko all-southpaw battle would clearly garner huge consideration as the most effective fights one may make within the aggressive light-weight division, however like so lots of the most intriguing matchups within the sports activities, it’s hampered by politics; Davis is promoted by Premier Boxing Champions, whereas Lomachenko is backed by rival entity High Rank.
Discord apart, rely Ford, in addition to Davis, as a fan of that battle.
“We waitin’ on that battle, you understand what I’m sayin’?” Ford informed Elie Seckbach of ES Information. “We waitin’ on that battle. Like I stated, it is gonna be a chess match. It’s gonna be a chess match.”
A Davis-Lomachenko bout has been floated as a chance for quite a few years, stretching again to when Davis was nonetheless campaigning at 130 kilos, nevertheless it doesn’t seem severe negotiations ever passed off. Davis, furthermore, acknowledged at one level that his handlers – Al Haymon and Floyd Mayweather Jr. – weren’t in a rush to place him right into a battle with the Ukrainian as that they had a plan in place to groom him into an attraction.
“Me and Floyd, we really talked about it,” Davis stated in 2019 referring to the Lomachenko battle . “Even me and Al talked about it, you understand? However it’s about making it on the proper time. Every thing don’t occur in a single day. We all know that Al and [Top Rank head] Bob Arum, they did enterprise collectively earlier than. However it be arduous making fights with them, too. However I’m only a scholar of the sport. I’ve a terrific staff. I’m simply following their lead.”
Since that interval, the hard-hitting Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) has emerged as one of many handful of American fighters with bonafide crossover attraction and has fought his final three fights on pay-per-view. Davis, 27, is coming off a 12-round unanimous choice over Isaac Cruz in December on the Staples Heart in Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) was additionally within the ring in December, defeating Richard Commey by unanimous choice at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis. The 2-time Olympian and three-division world champion unified the light-weight division earlier than giving up his belts in a loss to Teofimo Lopez in 2020.
Now the two-time Olympic gold medal winner is the frontrunner to face unified gentle light-weight champion George Kambosos, who unseated Lopez final 12 months.
Ford made it clear that Lomachenko remains to be a gorgeous proposition in his staff’s eyes.
“I don’t know if Loma gonna take the probabilities that he takes [with other fighters as he does] with Tank, however that’s like a mega battle to inform you the reality,” Ford stated. “That’s the battle individuals been waitin’ on.”
Ford is satisfied the battle should occur sooner or later down the road.
“I believe ’22 goes to be an actual fascinating 12 months for all of them to inform you the reality as a result of they gotta battle one another. They gotta battle one another,” Ford stated.