In a move that could shake up the welterweight division, promoter Eddie Hearn has announced his intention to make an offer to Gervonta "Tank" Davis for a showdown against welterweight sensation Conor Benn.
The proposed "huge fight" is likely to take place in the U.S. in April or May, promising fireworks for fight fans.
Hearn sees an intriguing dynamic in the potential matchup, highlighting Benn's size advantage over the smaller Tank Davis, who typically competes in the super featherweight division. Benn's recent rehydration to 170 lbs for his junior middleweight bout against Peter Dobson indicates his capability to carry a similar weight for the Davis clash, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the potential showdown.
“Obviously, the whole world is calling out Conor Benn, and we have to land him one of those big fights,” said Eddie Hearn to Matchroom Boxing about his intention to match Conor Benn against a big name for his next fight.
“He’s [Gervonta] has never fought at 147, but it’s a really tough fight for Conor Benn. I like the size advantage in that fight [for Benn]. It’ll be the first time in the last couple of fights that he’ll be fighting someone smaller than him,” said Hearn.
Acknowledging Davis's formidable reputation and the financial allure of facing American stars like Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Vasily Lomachenko, or Shakur Stevenson, Hearn emphasizes the significance of securing a marquee name for Benn's next fight. While Benn may not yet be a household name in the States, a matchup with Davis presents an opportunity to elevate his profile on the international stage.
The proposed bout aligns with Hearn's strategy to position Benn for high-stakes matchups before any doubts surface about his true ability in the ring. With speculation swirling about Benn living in the shadow of his famous father and lacking substance as a fighter, Hearn aims to silence the skeptics by orchestrating a showdown against Davis, a significant step in Benn's quest for recognition and legitimacy in the sport.
As negotiations unfold and anticipation builds for a potential clash between Benn and Davis, boxing enthusiasts await eagerly to witness the clash of sizes and styles that could redefine the welterweight landscape. With both fighters poised for glory, the stage is set for a thrilling encounter that promises to capture the imagination of fight fans worldwide.