Update (2:17 pm ET): For his part, Gervonta Davis isn’t outright denying anything, but he’s tweeted some confusion as to the report:
Where y’all getting that I was fighting Ab https://t.co/nnHlUeSEX3— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) November 3, 2019
According to Chris Mannix, Adrien Broner and Gervonta “Tank” Davis got into a fistfight outside of Canelo Alvarez’s locker room before Canelo’s win over Sergey Kovalev at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Sources: Adrien Broner and Gervonta Davis got into a fistfight outside of Canelo’s locker room before the fight. Broner hit Davis with a huge punch, per witnesses, and then hit Davis’s pr guy with a haymaker.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) November 3, 2019
This would hardly be the first “outside the ring incident” for either fighter, but it’s a little tough to believe. For one thing, this report says that Broner threw at least two punches, which sounds unlike him.
Broner, 30, hasn’t fought since his January loss to Manny Pacquiao, and hasn’t won a fight in a boxing ring since Feb. 2017, when he was given a questionable split decision victory over Adrian Granados.
Davis, 24, is currently slated to headline a Dec. 28 Showtime card from Atlanta against Yuriorkis Gamboa, with a vacant 135-pound title on the line. If he suffered a cut or something from this reported fracas, that could be in jeopardy.
Broner (33-4-1-, 24 KO) was once considered “the next” Floyd Mayweather, at least by excited network executives at HBO, which might partially explain why HBO doesn’t do boxing anymore, while Davis (22-0, 21 KO) is considered a Mayweather protégé, a rising star in the sport.