Gervonta Davis & Badou Jack
Discuss Upcoming Dec. 28
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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