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Ellerbe: Gervonta Davis Staying at 130, Tabiti Back in Early 2018

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene.com recently caught up with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe to get an update on two of his up and coming fighters.

Andrew Tabiti made the transition from cruiserweight prospect to contender by going 2-0 in 2017, defeating the then unbeaten Quantis Graves and former champion Steve Cunningham.  The latter victory for the Floyd Mayeather Sr. trained fighter came on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor pay-per-view undercard in Las Vegas.

Ellerbe said that he expects the 28-year-old Las Vegas based fighter to take another step forward in early 2018.

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"Tabiti is one of our top fighters with Mayweather Promotions and has been. He put on an excellent performance on the undercard of Floyd and McGregor fighting a tough, rugged Steve Cunningham. We are looking to bring him back in a top fight at the top of the year. I am working on that actually right now," Ellerbe told BoxingScene.com.

23-year-old Gervonta Davis (19-0) went 3-0 on the year with 3 knockouts and won the IBF super featherweight title in January by stopping Jose Pedraza.  He however lost the title in August when he stopped Francisco Fonseca on the Mayweather-McGregor undercard but failed to make weight.

Ellerbe confirmed that Davis will be staying in the super featherweight division and will also be back in early 2018. The super featherweight division is loaded with talented fighters like WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko, WBC champion Miguel Berchelt, newly crowned WBA champion Alberto Machado and former champions Orlando Salido, Yuriorikis Gamboa and Francisco Vargas.

"He is staying at 130. I am looking to put him in a very good fight at the top of the year and he will be challenging for a world title," said Ellerbe.

Davis received a big year-end boost on Wednesday, when pending assault charges were dropped against him in a Baltimore court hearing.

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