Ellerbe is Very Confident That Gavril Beats Benavidez

By Ryan Burton

MANDALAY BAY, Las Vegas, Nevada - On February 17th Danny Garcia faces Brandon Rios in a Showtime televised main event. The 10 bout card is co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe fully expects the main event to be action packed but believes that the co-feature bout will steal the show. That fight is WBC super middleweight champion David Benadvidez (19-0) versus Mayweather Promotions' Ronald Gavril (18-2) in a rematch of their September 8th bout that Benavidez won by split decision.

"This is the most anticipated fight and I am really excited about it. I can't wait to see Ronald become the new WBC super middleweight fight," said a confident Ellerbe to


The super middleweight division is going through a very busy period right now. WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez defending his title less than two weeks ago and in the World Boxing Super Series, Chris Eubank Jr. takes on George Groves in the semi-finals on Saturday and WBA champion Juergen Braehmer battles Callum Smith a week later in the other semi-final.

The finals have been announced for June 2nd so if Gavril is able to pull off the upset he would have a lot of potential opponents for a fall ring return. Ellerbe acknowledges that there will be many opportunities but doesn't want to put the cart before the horse.

"There are a lot of possibilities but you don't get to those possibilities until you take care of business on the 17th of February. That is what Gavril is focused on. I fully expect Ronald to take that WBC strap," Ellerbe stated.

In an IBF welterweight eliminator, Yordenis Ugas fights Ray Robinson to open up the Showtime telecast.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sammybee on 02-14-2018

the first fight was a close fight which could have gone either way especially when Benavidez went down late in the fight. I expect another war.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 02-14-2018

[QUOTE=Taxman2000;18486185]I'm leaving this site 4 good..I don't want 2 hear from Ellerbe or Mike Garcia the 2 most delusional ugly fuks in boxing[/QUOTE] Yeah, maybe you should find another website. One where you can only hear from the male boxing…

Comment by IMDAZED on 02-14-2018

I think Benavidez wins the rematch but that first fight could've gone either way. I'm not counting Gavril out -- he walked through everything Benavidez had.

Comment by kidbazooka on 02-14-2018

If Ellerbe really believes that than the guy is one delusional idiot. Benavidez gonna destroy him

Comment by chubuk7 on 02-14-2018

[QUOTE=Taxman2000;18486185]I'm leaving this site 4 good..I don't want 2 hear from Ellerbe or Mike Garcia the 2 most delusional ugly fuks in boxing[/QUOTE] Please don't go! If we can overcome our pride and selfishness, and get past the pat little…

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