Temptation nags at Mitchellville welterweight Victor Davis, who, if he can resist looking past District resident Darryl Lattimore -- his opponent tonight in a scheduled 10-round bout at Coolidge High School Field House -- likely will get a shot at International Boxing Federation champion Simon Brown in August.
But first, Davis, 23, a 10th-round technical knockout winner in April over 12th-ranked Vincent Pettway of Baltimore, must defeat Lattimore in the main event of a scheduled seven-bout card beginning at 7:30.
"Of course, we want to fight Brown," said Adrian Davis, Victor's father and trainer. "But in a case like this, you have to take the fight in front of you. The man we want right now is Lattimore."
Brown (32-1, 23 KOs), who hasn't fought since his 10th-round knockout of Tyrone Trice on April 1, isn't choosy. He said he is willing to fight Davis or Lattimore in August, mainly because his promoter, Don Elbaum, has been unable to get Brown a fight with Mark Breland, Michael Nunn or Marlon Starling, the only man to beat Brown.
"I think it's going to be a great fight tonight, and I'll probably fight the winner," said Brown, 25. "At this point, it's not the name I fight that matters. I just want to stay active in the ring. And when Breland, Starling, Nunn or even Sugar Ray Leonard wants to fight, I'll be ready."
Davis (22-6-1), with more than 150 amateur fights under his belt, was impressive in stopping Pettway in their nationally televised fight in Philadelphia, opening a cut over the Baltimore fighter's left eye that forced the referee to stop the bout.
"Victor has to just be himself and box," said Adrian Davis. "No fights are easy, and we know that Lattimore sees the opportunity here like we do."