Gervonta Davis’ next move depends on leaving Mayweather or even PBC

Gervonta Davis outboxed Rolando Romero on Saturday night, scoring a TKO courtesy of a wicked left hand in the sixth round, keeping his undefeated record intact and looking forward.

But what Gervonta does next depends entirely on how serious he is about leaving Mayweather Promotions, and probably even the entire stable of Premier Boxing Champions.

This is not an “attack” on PBC, which some fans have taken to be a very special team and not a standard power organization in modern boxing, making mostly predictable fights that can sell well enough to keep fights going. spinning wheels. lights on with some broadcast partner or another, and stars are often made not for the greatness of their achievements, but simply for being the best hyped.

PBC does this the same way Top Rank, Matchroom, Golden Boy or anyone else does.

It’s also not meant to be an opportunity for Mayweather Promotions or PBC, really. They’ve done a great job with Davis. He is one of the most notable stars in boxing today, one of the biggest draws in the sport. But that’s all set.

What’s next? What is more than that? and davis want more than that, and how much more?

That’s where the choice really comes in.

Davis has had issues with Floyd Mayweather in recent months, and it is notable that Mayweather was not seen on Showtime’s pay-per-view telecast on Saturday night, nor at the post-fight press conference. Leonard Ellerbe, however, was there, was his usual self, and hasn’t been the subject of the same public feud with Davis that Mayweather has been.

But even with the open feuds with Tank and Floyd drawing to a close, at least for now, Davis has stated that Romero’s fight would be his last with Mayweather Promotions.

“I feel like it’s my career, so I feel like I need to be the one to control my career. And it’s time,” she said recently.

“It’s not necessary for everyone to have training wheels forever, it’s time to ride your own bike without training wheels.”

Davis has his own promotion company, more or less, that way many fighters have had their own promotion companies. Mostly, it’s announced before his fight, and that’s all you hear about it. The 27-year-old could also easily stay with Premier Boxing Champions and simply not be with the organization’s Mayweather winger anymore. PBC is not technically a promoter, as Al Haymon cannot legally be a promoter other than a manager/advisor, so Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions is the usual listed promoter at events not run by Mayweather’s team.

Davis could fight on the TGB for PBC cards, and Jimmy Lennon Jr will tell you that the fight is presented by GTD Promotions and TGB Promotions.

And the problem with that is that very little would be expected to change in terms of Gervonta Davis’ career path, which has been heavily criticized.

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Davis is correct when he says that it’s not like he’s the only guy in or around the lightweight division in recent years who hasn’t been fighting other big names. Vasiliy Lomachenko fought Teofimo Lopez, but otherwise we’ve seen Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia, like Davis, fail to face what are otherwise considered the best stars in the division.

George Kambosos Jr, of course, stepped in pretty well last year, beating Teofimo, and will now face Devin Haney next weekend in an undisputed championship fight.

But if Gervonta doesn’t leave the PBC side, why would he change anything? Why would he suddenly get deals to fight Garcia, or the Kambosos-Haney winner at some point, or Lomachenko?

Those fights have never been seriously close to happening for him. And at this stage of the game, Mayweather Promotions has no viable opponents to throw at him. Rolly Romero was already something of a Hail Mary, a largely unproven mid-rookie pro who worked his way into the fight and then couldn’t defend himself enough not to get crushed in six.

Romero is an internal guy for Mayweather Promotions. Others Tank has fought have been within the PBC family, so to speak, including Romero’s late notice replacement last December, Isaac Cruz, who is now also not fighting Ryan Garcia, even with the WBC mandating that as an eliminator, which he later rescinded. because, you know, someone doesn’t wantand the WBC just does what the stars want them to do.

The best fight on the PBC side for Davis would be a rematch with Cruz or a rematch with Romero, and Tank says he’s not interested in the latter. The Davis vs. Cruz fight was pretty good, competitive, but I don’t think anyone is dying to see it again, except maybe Isaac Cruz.

The fights that people want to see for Tank are very clear, they have been for a while. The biggest on paper is obviously Ryan Garcia. As much as I would love to tell you that he is the winner of Kambosos-Haney, he is not; he would be for a lot of belts, yes, but he is not a larger struggle. Garcia is a bigger star than Kambosos or Haney. He may be unfair, but he is.

The tank is too. And furthermore, if Haney wins that fight with Kambosos, he is contractually obligated to return to Australia and do a rematch, so he will consume the rest of his year and maybe even early 2023.

Garcia says he wants the fight with Tank, after their July 16 fight, whatever it is. He is talking about fighting Davis in December. But he has said that before. He has said many things before and they did not happen.

Chances are the only way that will happen is if Davis leaves PBC. Garcia is the number 1 key to DAZN who recently signed a new deal with Golden Boy, and while DAZN didn’t tie Haney down or stop him from going to fight Kambosos, Garcia is different. In fact, he draws numbers and Haney doesn’t.

In short, DAZN doesn’t want to send one of its biggest, most marketable fighters to a PBC show to fight Tank Davis, and PBC doesn’t want to send one of its top fighters to a DAZN show to fight Ryan Garcia. .

And while Davis-Garcia would definitely be a big event, I don’t think it’s big enough that PBC and DAZN would want to work together on a joint pay-per-view like PBC did with Top Rank for the last two Fury-Wildest fights. , or those same two companies did it in 2015 for Mayweather-Pacquiao. That kind of thing is very rare for a reason.

Davis could, as we discussed earlier in Garcia’s “call” post, potentially sign a short-term deal with DAZN, and maybe work in the same timeframe with Golden Boy or with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom, and make a big deal. Garcia fight. by the end of this year. It’s possible. I don’t know if Davis would want to sign a long-term deal with the station or one of those promoters.

Another option would be Top Rank and ESPN. Eventually, they could have a Lomachenko-for-Davis fight, and Bill Haney has made it clear that if Top Rank is where the big fights are for their side, if they beat Kambosos (twice), they’re open to fighting there.

If Kambosos beats Haney, he’s not tied to any major promoters or chains of power, for what it’s worth.

Gervonta Davis has a lot of big decisions to make, chief among them is how much he really wants to be in a truly big fight. She can sell without them: She put up more than 15,000 at the old Staples Center in December to fight Cruz, more than 18,000 at Barclays for Romero, a new record for boxing there. She sells tickets everywhere she fights. He is a very valuable commodity. Any promoter would love to have him on board.

But who has the big fights? And does Davis really want them? He has to be asked simply because it hasn’t happened yet. You like to think the answer is yes.

In truth, I don’t think anyone will be surprised if in a week or six weeks or two months or whatever, we hear that Tank is still with Mayweather Promotions, still with PBC, and the Isaac Cruz rematch is- coming.

However, we can hope that, one way or another, Gervonta Davis’s next fight will be one that everyone wants to see.

It’s fun to be hopeful.

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