Boxing News At Five | Mar 08 2019

Boxing News at Five: Lomachenko calls Mayweather and Davis “businessmen not athletes”, Malignaggi wants bare-knuckle fight with McGregor

Vasyl Lomachenko doesn't like the way Floyd Mayweather and Gervonta Davis go about business, and Paulie Malignaggi is still pestering Conor McGregor
Vasyl Lomachenko
Mikey Williams/Top Rank

OFTEN the best rivalries in boxing are the ones featuring boxers who are polar opposites, both in terms of personality and fighting style, and whose opinions differ on every conceivable subject.

At lightweight, we have a good one brewing in the form of Vasyl Lomachenko and Gervonta Davis, both of whom own world titles – albeit in different weight divisions – and require a big-name rival to elevate their standing to that next level.

They are opposites in every possible way. In the ring, Lomachenko is a picture of grace, intelligence and technical wizardry, while Davis is all youthful vigour, athleticism, aggression and spite. Out of the ring, meanwhile, Lomachenko goes about his business quietly and respectfully, whereas Davis seems to be following the lead of his mentor, Floyd Mayweather, and has developed a habit of bumping into trouble at every turn.