In a recent interview with The Ring Digital, Duva had some choice words for Haymon and one of his newest clients, WBC, The Ring and Lineal light-heavyweight champion, Adonis Stevenson.
According to Duva, her fighter, WBO light-heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev, has a multiple fight agreement with HBO. As part of that agreement, prior to Stevenson signing with Haymon, there was an agreement in principle for a Stevenson-Kovalev matchup scheduled for later this year.
"About two months ago, we made a deal. I had a deal with Yvon Michel. I had a deal with HBO. We all got on the phone together when we were in Atlantic City for a fight that we had there on the 24th of January, and I walked around that day very happy. I was smiling all night, because we had a deal. I hadn't really been concerned about whether or not Adonis would fight, because I had been told by his promoter that he was willing to do so," Duva told The Ring Digital.
However, Haymon entered the picture and threw a monkey wrench into her and HBO's plan.
Duva was not shy when it came time to express how she felt about Haymon, saying, "Did (Stevenson) make the ultimate move to make sure the fight wouldn't happen? He probably did. Who in the world is better at making sure the public doesn't get to see the fight they really want to see than his new manager?"
She continues, "This is a bump in the road. It's going to work out. I have faith because I am just that stupid, that I think down the line people are going to realize, that being the impediment to making the best fights doesn't make you a genius."
Duva, not done there, switched her attention to Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza. The two traded words on Twitter, with Duva claiming Espinoza never offered her a deal to televise her fighters. Duva, also went as far to say, “You cannot build a star on Showtime. It can’t be done. The audience there is not big enough,” in a separate interview with Bleacher Report.