LAS VEGAS – Gervonta Davis is training and staying in close proximity to where Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez will fight Saturday night for supremacy in the lightweight division.
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented Davis from even considering attending the Lomachenko-Lopez event, but the unbeaten Baltimore native will watch their high-stakes showdown closely on ESPN. Davis is fully focused on his upcoming 12-round, 130-pound title fight against Leo Santa Cruz, yet he is interested in facing the Lomachenko-Lopez winner.
Davis declined to predict who will win their 12-round, 135-pound title unification match during an interview with BoxingScene.com, but he acknowledged the magnitude of their high-profile fight.
“I wanna say boxing wins that night,” said Davis, who is training for the Santa Cruz bout at the Las Vegas gym owned by his promoter, Floyd Mayweather. “We’ve got a young lion versus an older vet. I’ll definitely be watching. My eyes will definitely be on it. I can’t really say who will win. Just know I’ll be watching, my eyes will be on the winner, you know, and may the best man win that night.”
The 25-year-old Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) and the 23-year-old Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) are two young, elite lightweights in what is generally regarded as a loaded division. Davis will face Santa Cruz at the junior lightweight limit of 130 pounds, but the former IBF/WBA 130-pound champ is open to moving back up to lightweight for his following fight “if it’s the right business move.”
The 32-year-old Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) is a 4-1 favorite over Lopez as they approach a main event ESPN will air from MGM Grand Conference Center (7:30 p.m. ET; 4:30 p.m. PT). Davis also is a 4-1 favorite to beat Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) in their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event October 31 at Alamodome in San Antonio.
Davis won the WBA’s secondary lightweight title in his most recent fight – a 12th-round stoppage of Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) last December 28 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. It is Lomachenko, however, who is considered the WBA’s true lightweight champion, as he owns the WBA’s “super” 135-pound crown.
Lomachenko will defend that title, his WBO belt and the WBC’s franchise championship when he opposes Lopez, whose IBF crown will be at stake as well.
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