Ellerbe: Gervonta Davis is the picture of 135; We got all the leverage

BROOKLYN, NY — Whether it’s Devin Haney, George Kambosos Jr., Ryan Garcia or Vasiliy Lomachenko, the undisputed lightweight champion will remain the clear B-side in a potential fight against Gervonta Davis, at least in the eyes of Davis’ promoter.

Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, which manages Davis, said no one in the 135-pound division comes close to being the draw Davis of Baltimore is, and as long as that remains the case, any negotiations combat should proceed from this premise, regardless of how many titles the opponent may have.

“Davis is the picture,” Ellerbe told BoxingScene.com when asked how Davis, who holds a secondary (“regular”) belt with the WBA, fits into the larger lightweight title picture. . “He’s the prize. He’s the only one – again, put that into perspective. I have already said it. You can put all these guys you’re talking about, put them all together, and they still don’t match what Davis just did on Sunday night at [Los Angeles] with all those fans.

“We have all the levers. Belts are what they are. They are good fighters. All these guys will meet again. They will end up fighting. You can’t do it fast enough, you know? »

Ellerbe was referring to the reported 15,580 spectators who came out to watch Davis overtake Isaac Cruz in a competitive 12-round lightweight bout at the Staples Center (now Crypto.com Arena) in Los Angeles last December.

Davis, no doubt, has had a commercial boom over the past two years, headlining as a pay-per-view attraction in his last three fights. The 27-year-old has also commanded big gates in various metropolitan cities across the country, including Atlanta, San Antonio and his hometown of Baltimore, in a way few American fighters have been able to do yet.

Next on Davis’ list is the media capital of the world, New York, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the site of Davis’ 2017 junior lightweight title victory over Jose Pedraza. Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) will trade blows with Rolando Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round lightweight bout at the venue May 28 on Showtime Pay-Per-View.

Ellerbe said he had nothing against the other titleholders in Davis’ division and praised them for chasing titles and compiling accomplishments. But Ellerbe also clarified that, from a results perspective, having titles doesn’t necessarily increase your Q Score or bankability. Additionally, Ellerbe noted that what is often seen as a “great fight” by the Peanut Gallery on social media is rarely the case in reality and suggested Davis’ cohorts need to do a better job of bolstering their marketing in order to demand a fight. with Davis.

“It’s a good thing,” Ellerbe said of the titlists trying to unify. “They have to do what they do to build their base. And this is a good thing. Because you want to be able to bring something to the table. You don’t just want to say, I want to fight you because my name is this.

“Fights that people think are big, they really aren’t. What’s the definition of big? What are we going to do, sell an arena? Have we had any issues selling arenas? I’d like to see some of these guys build their profiles to get people interested. Guess what? People are going to pay their money for what they want to see. If you’re hosting an event and people aren’t supporting it, there’s a reason.

“You have to keep that in perspective where the interest of the fans is. This sport here is bigger than what’s on Twitter and all that. For example, we understand how to build fighters and turn them into stars. You understand?”

Ellerbe was asked to consider a scenario in which Haney (27-0, 15 KOs), the 23-year-old WBC lightweight title roster from Las Vegas, became the division’s undisputed champion later this year by defeating Kambosos (20 -0, 10 KOs), who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles. Would that help Haney, who has a lower business profile than Davis, at the negotiating table for a fight with Davis if he was an undisputed titlist?

“It’s not a bargaining chip,” Ellerbe said, referring to the headlines. “Sure [having belts], this is a good thing. It is a very good thing. He’s a real good fighter. He can’t beat Tank Davis, but he’s a good fighter.

“But I don’t care if he had 49 belts. He can’t beat Tank.

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