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Leonard Ellerbe: Gervonta Davis is the one bringing excitement back to boxing

Ellerbe says Tank will have no shortage of options going forward.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During the post-fight press conference following Gervonta Davis’ knockout of Mario Barrios, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe took to the podium to talk about his young star’s performance and how Tank has an abundance of options going forward to do what he wants.

On Tank’s performance against Barrios

“He’s a great champion and he gives the fans exactly what they want to see. There’s no other fighter out there that’s doing that like he’s doing that, and I can’t say that enough. And this is what it’s about, he’s the one bringing excitement really back to the sport. Now when people hear his name it’s like ‘that kid right there, he delivers.’

“It’s tough if you’re an opponent ‘cause I can imagine being in the ring with this kid and the mental pressure he puts on you...them shots are coming 100mph and he’s walking you down. You saw the little guy walk the big guy down, just like we did three weeks ago.

“(Barrios) was tough and he’s a warrior. I said it, I expected that. I knew he had a great trainer in Virgil Hunter and I knew he was gonna be fully prepared to get the job done with Tank and it was a lot of back-and-forth, but I knew Tank was eventually gonna be able to catch up to him.”

On Tank staying at 140 or going to a different weight next

“I don’t know. We take each fight by fight. We gonna make the biggest fights that are possible and fight the best opponents that are out there. Not weight class specific — if there’s an opponent that makes the most sense, that’s a big fight that the fans want to see, we’ll do it. If it’s somebody at ‘35, we’ll do it. If it could possibly be somebody at ‘30, we’ll do it. We don’t know.”

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