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  Gervonta Davis & Badou Jack
Discuss Upcoming Dec. 28 Matchups


WHAT: Gervonta Davis and Badou Jack met with members of the media last Saturday in Las Vegas to discuss their upcoming matchups taking place Saturday, December 28 live on SHOWTIME at the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta in a special year-end Premier Boxing Champions event.

Two-time super featherweight champion Davis will take on former unified world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa for the WBA Lightweight World Championship as the 24-year-old Davis looks to conquer another division. In the co-main event of a special holiday SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ telecast, former two-division champion Jack will challenge WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal.

Also participating in Saturdayís luncheon at Wolfgang Puck at MGM Grand were Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, and Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

Hereís what the fighters and executives had to say:

GERVONTA DAVIS:


Thoughts about Gamboa and moving up in weight:

ďWe know Gamboa is a veteran and that heís had a lot of wars, so we know we have a tough fight. Heís definitely dangerous. He can hit. He can fight.

ďHis last fight he made 134, so we know he can get bigger than me at that weight. Iím going into this knowing heís a bigger fighter than me. Iím just going to bring my power and capitalize on that weight class and becoming world champion.

ďI believe Iím one of the top fighters in the world, but I donít compare myself to other fighters. I just go out and get the job done.

ďAtlanta is my second home. Iím confident Iíll sell it out.Ē

On his ability and uniqueness as a fighter:

ďI come from a different cloth than these other guys. Iíve been through everything in my life. A lot of people havenít experienced what I have. If I ever get beat it would have to be by someone whoís been through what I have been through. It canít be anyone whoís just been training all their life.

ďEvery time I step in the ring Iím willing to leave it all in there. A lot of people havenít seen my full skills because I havenít fought an opponent that has brought them out.Ē

On his potential in the sport:

ďThe boxing world hasnít seen my true potential as a fighter, theyíve just seen my power. Iím the type of boxer where if you donít belong in there with me, you wonít be in there too long. Some fighters like to take their time. Iím the type, if I know youíre not on my level, Iím going to show it. The world will see. Iíll fight anybody.Ē

BADOU JACK:


On his upcoming matchup against Pascal:

ďIím excited for this fight. I actually called Pascal the day before his last fight and let him know I was rooting for him. But this is business at the end of the day. Iím coming to take back my title.Ē

On how he feels at this age:

ďI feel like a young 36 years old. I live a clean life. Iím always in the gym training and I try not to take any punishment. I have a couple of years left and Iím more motivated now than ever. I needed that little break. I hadnít had a break since I was an amateur twenty years ago. I took time to relax with the family and eat good food. Now Iím hungry.Ē

On his last performance against Marcus Browne:

ďEveryone who saw me in my last fight could see I was flat. My fighting instinct kicked in at that point. He was fighting a dead man.Ē

On the Davis vs. Gamboa matchup:

ďItís a great fight. Gamboa is a little older, but he looked good in his last fight. Iím a big, big fan of Tank Ė the way he fights, his speed, his athleticism, everything. He has star power. He was on my undercard, now Iím on his. Heís going to bring great things to the sport and as long as he stays focused, heís going to be a superstar. Heís already a superstar.Ē

LEONARD ELLERBE:


On Davisí position and progression in the sport:

ďWeíre going to show everyone how heís going to become the biggest star in the sport. In 2020 weíre going to blow this out of the water. Weíve been able to think outside the box. Thatís how you grow the sport. Weíve made a concerted effort to cross him over to the mainstream; working with the Baltimore Ravens, his parade, now Atlanta.

ďOur plan is to make the biggest and best fights out there. Weíre going to call the shots and itís going to be on our terms, and weíll let everyone know when that happens. Everyone wants to fight Tank. Thereís one common thing when you talk about 126, 130, 135, and now 140. Thereís one name thatís common among the fighters and thatís Tank. This is going to be a great journey and you better get on it now.

ďIf he can get past Gamboa on December 28, then in 2020 heís going into that pay-per-view world. When you have that kind of star power and youíre thinking outside of the box, not just boxing fans, weíre going to make the biggest fights out there in the world.Ē

On Badou Jack:

ďBadouís a promoterís dream. Heís a guy who gives you no problems. Heís out there doing wonderful things for himself and his family. Heís doing so much to help so many others. Heís using his platform in the right way. Itís an honor to work with a fighter like him.

ďI always knew he was a great talent and sometimes you can find the diamonds in the rough. Everyoneís always looking at the guys coming out of the Olympics. We saw him in the gym and he really messed a guy up. We had an eye on him and we worked out a deal with Lou [DiBella] and the rest is history.

ďWe had one setback, but everything happens for a reason, and heís just taken off since. Heís a great fighter and I like the fact that heís always willing to fight the best. Never had to second guess that heís willing to fight everybody.Ē

STEPHEN ESPINOZA:

ďThere are advantages and disadvantages to promoting a show on this date. There has been a lot of success promoting music shows on that weekend. Itís not apples to apples, but itís one of the factors that went in and thereís a way to turn this into something special and unique because of Gervontaís fan base.

ďItís great to have skilled boxers but we need, for the health of the sport, guys like Gervonta who are putting butts in the seats. Thatís the key in bringing him to Atlanta. Boxing is a part of a culture that crosses over into music and sports. Thereís not an athlete who doesnít watch a pay-per-view boxing match. Tapping into that with a personality like Tank is only going to expand the sport.

ďThereís an authenticity and an openness about Gervonta. Thereís a lot of people whoíve had setbacks who donít talk about it, like Tank. It takes a risk to talk about that and thatís why a lot of people can relate. This is Tank. What you see is what you get. Itís very real. Itís very authentic and I think thatís why people connect with him the person as opposed to him the fighter.Ē



 

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