Leonard Ellerbe blows up Eddie Hearn for wanting to sign Tank Davis and mess up Joshua’s career

De Robert Segal: Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe was almost apocalyptic on Wednesday when Eddie Hearn was asked if he wanted to sign Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis to his Matchroom Boxing stable.

Ellerbe looked like he was going to have a fit when Hearn was accidentally educated by Brian Custer about him wanting to sign superstar Tank Davis (27-0, 25 KOs).

Hearn said he would be willing to overpay the former three-time world champion Tank just to get him with his promotional company.

Tank has been telling the media for weeks recently that his contract with Mayweather Promotions will be in his fight last Saturday night against Roland ‘Rolly’ Romero.

So naturally, Hearn explained that he wants to sign Tank, and if he said he should absolutely look around for the best deal possible.

Obviously, since Tank Davis is the only star in the Mayweather Promotions stable, you can understand why Ellerbe was so excited about Hearn wanting to incinerate him.

Without a Tank, Mayweather Promotions has almost none. It’s unclear why Mayweather didn’t use his vast wealth to sign all the big names because he has the money to sign almost anyone, but he didn’t for some reason.

Talking to Brian’s Last Stand PodcastEllerbe went on a total upset about Hearn, saying how he blew up huge money on fighters, and ruined Anthony Joshua’s career by matching him against Andy Ruiz jr.

Brian Custer: Eddie Hearn said, “I’m open to signing Tank Davis, and I’m going to overpay him just to subdue Leonard Ellerbe’s skin.”

Leonard Ellerbe: “Well, it was no secret what I thought of him. I think he’s the biggest f *** clown out of all the boxing, and I have a very good reason why I say that.

“Here’s a guy who openly told the whole world he was coming to America to take over boxing. All right, let’s just leave it at that. He came to America to take over boxing, and he had a budget of over a billion dollars.

“I repeat, a billion dollars, and what he did came to the United States and he didn’t know the first thing about the marketplace. Forgive me for cursing again, and he loses more than a billion dollars.

“There is nothing to show for it. I am, however, happy for the fighters who received a lot of money. I’m very happy about that, but when it comes to retailers, just think about it for a second.

“If he were NBA general manager and he got a budget because obviously everyone has a salary cap to build a team, what do you think would happen? You spent all that money, and you didn’t develop a winning franchise.

“You’d be fired the same way in the NFL. You’re an NFL GM, and you have a budget, you have a salary cap. You have to be within that, and you expect to bring in the best players. He doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing. does.

“One thing he is very good at advertising and has done a good job with women. I give him credit where credit is due. But as for the U.S. market, he knows nothing about it because he has nothing to show for it.

“When you look at DAZN USA, it was a failure and it is well documented. That’s not just my opinion, it’s facts. He talks about things for what it is, he is a very jealous guy.

“He thought he could come here because he had the big checkbook, but there’s a way to do it. We understand, myself, Al Haymon, and Floyd Mayweather, we understand what this market is all about.

“When you look at Mayweather Promotions, we hold all the records for the biggest pay-per-view in the history of the sport, the biggest live gate in the history of the sport. So that should tell you everything you need to know.”

Brian Custer: “Speaking of Eddie Hearn, he said, ‘Why aren’t we the biggest global advertising company in the world, or anyone. Leonard Ellerbe isn’t even big in the boxing industry.

– When you talk about the main promoters in the world, do you even mention Leonard Ellerbe? Let’s be honest. Not in a million years, but you’ll mention Eddie Hearn. ‘”

Ellerbe: “Well, because he has the loudest mouth. He wants to be bigger than the fighters, and that’s a fact. Bob [Arum] would tell you that. Lou DiBella would tell you that. One of the great advertisers, the guys here would tell you that.

“He’s just a mouthful because he’s the one who speaks the loudest. Again, you can’t come to the United States thinking you’re going to be loud. That doesn’t get you anywhere. You need to understand what the marketplace looks like.

“When you sign fighters, do you have to understand who you’re going to match them with?” If you don’t have access to any of the best fighters out there, you have a bunch of really good fighters, but who will they fight against?

“You haven’t fought a great battle yet. And how does it relate to his knowledge of how to match fighters, look what he did with Anthony Joshua? I feel really bad. Anthony Joshua was a nice guy, and I think he’s a great fighter.

“But there is no promoter who would put his fighter as big as Anthony Joshua is abroad, put him in with Andy Ruiz with a three-week notice. Who does that?

“You know you’ve completely fished Anthony Joshua’s career, and you’ve done a bit of the same with Canelo, and that’s why. When you look at Canelo, and we’re honest, if you look at Canelo, he was a much bigger fighter when he signed up with that app. [DAZN] that no one is watching.

“His numbers have dropped dramatically. If you look at his last pay-per-view fight recently with Bivol, it was rubbish. Alvarez and Plant just did between 750 and 800,000. [Canelo vs. Bivol] did a third of that. A little over 300,000.

“If you look at the direct acquisition, he made $ 18 million with Plant. This gate right here wasn’t even nine million dollars. It’s just an example of Canelo’s popularity drastically declining because he signed an application that no one is watching.

“So all the fighters out there, they don’t get the visibility they deserve because no one is watching DAZN. No one is watching DAZN, and he is [Hearn] is the same guy who said, ‘The paycheck is dead.’

“He spent all this money on slogans. Again, he’s a clown, and everyone knows that. That’s why you just laugh. I won’t go back and forth with him because he knows what time of day it is. ”

Custer: “He knows what it is [when beef with Hearn started]. It’s very personal and I called him some time ago. He knows what time of day it is.

“Again, I don’t want to go back into all of this because I’m trying to be as professional as possible, but that’s one guy I can honestly say that if I had the chance, I’d push him away. ”


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