By Dan Ambrose: Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, wanted to clear the air last week about the comments he made about Undis[ited 140-lb champion Josh Taylor not being well known enough in the U.S for him to be someone that Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis would fight.
For Taylor to get a fight against Tank Davis, he’s going to have to build his profile in the U.S. It’s as simple as that. However, with Taylor heading to the 147-lb division soon, it’s likely that he’ll never get an opportunity to fight Tank during his career.
But there are still great fights for Taylor in the 147-lb division even if he doesn’t get a shot at fighting Tank.
Ellerbe says he wasn’t trying to disrespect or demean the unbeaten Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) s a fighter. All he was saying is that Taylor, 30, isn’t a draw in the United State right now, and he’s not someone that will bring a heck of a lot to a fight with Tank (25-0, 24 KOs).
Ellerbe points out that many British fighters have built their profile in the U.S by competing there on a regular basis.
We haven’t seen that from Taylor yet, as he’s fought mainly in the UK during his career until recently when he came to the U.S to fight former WBC/WBO 140-lb champion Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That was only the fourth fight for Taylor in the U.S during his six-year professional career. his other fights in the United States took place earlier in his career before he’d become a world champion.
Gervonta is the A-side
“I just know we’re going to fight the top fighters out there, the best fighters and continue to give the fans what they want to see,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe to Behind The Gloves on Gervonta Davis.
“None of these guys bring the same things Tank does because he’s on another level. He’s the only pay-per-view fighter out there around his weight class.
“So obviously he’s [Gervonta] In any case the A-side. So guys have to keep doing what they’re doing and keep raising their profile so that fans want to see them match up with a guy like Tank Davis.
“It’s easy to say, ‘I want to fight this guy,’ but when no one knows who you are. Someone took a note of a comment I made [Josh] Taylor the other day, and it was no disrespect for him.
“I was just saying that they [Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez] There was a reunification battle and a thousand tickets were sold. he is [Taylor] A great draw in Scotland and the place he has drawn, but that is overseas,” Ellerbe said.
It looks like the Ellerbe tank is going to allow Davis to fight other elite fighters on the 130, 135, and 140. Floyd Mayweather Jr. said last weekend that the tank would only fight Mayweather propaganda and PBC fighters, but that appears not to be the case.
It’s entirely possible that Mayweather commented on wanting Tank to fight strictly indoors so he could play the villain and get the media talking about him instead of Tank.
Josh Taylor isn’t quite as important as some of the popular lightweights that Mayweather promotion tank Davis can match. Had Gervonta fought the likes of Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney or Vasily Lomachenko, the fight would attract an enormous amount of attention from the boxing world.
no one knows who the f*** josh taylor is in america
“All the greats who were British fighters made their way to the United States to raise their profile,” Ellerbe said.
Right now, no one knows who he is [Josh Taylor] is.
“But that brings hardcore to the table if you were to fight someone like that down the street. Then again, if the tank didn’t have a belt, it’s still going to be sold.
“He will continue to challenge himself, and so we don’t name names. I just wanted to clear it up. It was not disrespectful to Taylor, But no one knows who he is in the United States.
“He’s the top man because he has all the hardcore [140-lb titles]. If we choose to fight a British fighter overseas, what is the tank going to do?
“He’s going to sell a stadium because British fans, they love tanks and they love boxing. We’re going to have a big fight overseas,” Ellerbe said.
Hardcore boxing fans know who Josh Taylor is in America, and he is well respected. You could argue that American fans know more than Mario Barrios about who Taylor is.
the tank will fight all the top guys
“I believe we are going to fight all the top guys,” Ellerbe said of his idea that the tank would eventually fight elite fighters.
“Listen, some of these guys can’t win their next fight because their fights aren’t that impressive. I’m not talking about Honey.
“I’m just saying how it is. You’ll have to wait and see how things go as the tank delivers.
“In the next few months. He will definitely fight before the end of the year,” Ellerbe said of when Tank Davis will fight next. Everyone wants to see this young man fighting again in their cities because they know he is a tremendous The draw is there and he gives fans what he wants to see.
Gervonta doesn’t have to play the villain
“Floyd [Mayweather Jr] Behind the scenes plays a major role in a lot of things. He is much more polite.
“The beauty of him as a pay-per-view star is that he doesn’t have to be a villain. People love him. He’s growing out of his shyness. People are starting to see more of his personality, Ellerbe said.
It would be a good idea for Ellerbe and Mayweather to allow Tank to fight the top guys while he is still young.
If they wait too long before starting to match him against the elite, he may be too old to defeat them. In order for the tank to realize its earning potential, he must now start fighting the elites.
No one had ever heard of Marios Barrios before he signed on to fight Tank Davis, and it was a waste of his time.
The PPV buys that Tank vs Barrios brings will be nothing compared to Davis fighting someone like Ryan Garcia, Haney, Teofimo or Lomahenko.