Eddie Hearn responded to Leonard Ellerbe’s comments, calling the Mayweather Promotions CEO irrelevant.
Speaking at a media training session ahead of Gervonta Davis’ clash with Rolando Romero in Brooklyn on May 28, Ellerbe was asked about the caliber of Davis’ opponents and mentioning a potential match with the heavyweight champion WBC lightweights, Devin Haney, Ellerbe criticized Haney. former promoter, Hearn.
Haney’s last five fights were under Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing banner, but the 23-year-old signed a multi-fight deal with Top Rank upon signing his Matchroom deal to face unified champion George Kambosos. with their first meeting scheduled to take place on June 4th.
“I know Devin very well, a terrific fighter, he grew up in this gym,” Ellerbe told FightHype.com.
“Excellent fighter. He signed with a promoter who doesn’t know what he’s doing, lost over a billion dollars and still hasn’t built a fucking star in the United States.
“I applaud Bill [Haney], a very smart guy. And I applaud Devin. They signed with a guy, they made a lot of money, and that’s what they’re supposed to do! But, again, it doesn’t matter to them, but when you talk about Tank Davis, I have to pay you what you weigh.
“And you can just read between the lines with that. It had nothing to do with Devin not being a great fighter, but as far as the draw goes, that goes without saying. So you can’t make a fight like that.
Hearn gave a scathing assessment of Ellerbe in response to comments as well as disputing comments he made suggesting that Hearn’s promotion of Canelo Alvarez’s shock loss to Dmitry Bivol earlier this month made 300,000 pay-per-view purchases on DAZN.
“If I don’t know what I’m doing, why am I 100 times taller than Leonard Ellerbe?” Hearn told professional boxing fans at a Thursday press conference to promote his Saturday show between Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards.
“Why are we the largest global promotional company in the world? And Leonard Ellerbe isn’t even relevant in the boxing industry.
“When you talk about the best promoters in the world, do you mention Leonard Ellerbe? Let’s be honest, not in a million years.
“He then comes out and says ‘oh, Canelo Alvarez only made 300,000 [pay-per-view] bought.’ Double it and add more and that’s the number of purchases [it did] and if you want, talk to DAZN and they will confirm that too.
“This guy is hilarious. He’s so mad he’s lost his mind. Gotta take him for a nice cup of tea, Leonard Ellerbe.
“But, how can you say this guy doesn’t know what he’s doing? Look at me, we’re the greatest in the game. What are you? Nothing, you work for Floyd Mayweather.”
Davis defends his WBA “regular” lightweight title for the third time in a re-arranged clash with Rolando Romero at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on the SHOWTIME pay-per-view.
‘Tank’ posted on social media in March that his contract was up with Mayweather Promotions after that fight and Hearn said he would look to sign the undefeated man from Baltimore if that was the case.
Most observers expect Davis to stay with Premier Boxing Champions‘ Al Haymon.
“Can you imagine if we sign Gervonta Davis?” Hear added.
“Now I’m not saying we’re going to approach Gervonta Davis.
“But let me tell you, if Gervonta Davis’ contract is up and only then should we talk to her, what were we saying about those billions of dollars? Open the briefcase, baby!
“Because I would definitely pay too much to sign Gervonta Davis, just for the jokes with Leonard Ellerbe.”