Gervonta “Tank” Davis has been dropping some ticking time bombs on his verified Twitter account this week.
If you follow the landmines the lightweight star has laid out, the offensive attack is directed toward Mayweather Promotions, the company that presides over the career of the undefeated 27-year-old knockout star.
The Baltimore-bred Davis is set to take on Rolando Romero on May 28 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a fight headlining a Showtime pay-per-view event.
The matchup will mark the fourth-consecutive PPV fight for Davis, who is fast-evolving into a box office attraction regardless of the market he headlines in.
In a revealing response on Thursday, Davis opened up about his contractual situation with the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-founded, Leonard Ellerbe-led company.
User @markp2020 wrote: “Ok @Gervontaa I've given you a lot of sh!t about Mayweather Promotions keeping you in house. Seems like you're starting to see it. Don't let them ruin what could be a fantastic career if you took some chances. You have talent. Show it.”
Davis wrote: “My contract is up, that's why they want me to fight this clown so bad.”
Romero is also promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) and Romero (14-0, 12 KOs) were scheduled to slug it out Dec. 5 in an announced fight but the bout was scrapped soon after Romero faced sexual assault allegations. The case has since been closed without charges. Instead of fighting Romero, Davis faced Isaac Cruz at the time and scored a spirited unanimous decision win. The victory ended a 16-fight KO streak for Davis dating back to 2014.
“Without Floyd, Tank would be fighting in empty arenas like [Devin] Haney,” another Twitter user wrote.
“Lol, don’t start this sh!t,” replied Davis.
On Wednesday, Davis wrote, “they put my tickets on sale one month before like I’m f------- Michael Jackson or something.”
On Tuesday, Davis was more cryptic with his message, simply stating, “that sh!t ain’t gone work.”
He also wrote “Floyd didn’t shut sh!t down, dweep!” in response to not sporting Canelo Alvarez’s “No Boxing, No Life” gloves in the Cruz fight. Davis wore the gloves bearing Alvarez’s mantra in the Mario Barrios fight.
Judging by the proclamations, Davis is clearly perturbed.
Before beating Cruz, Davis defeated Barrios, Leo Santa Cruz, and Yuriorkis Gamboa in the three fights prior.
More desired matchups against the likes of Haney, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez, and Ryan Garcia haven’t come close to crossing the finish line much to the dismay of the boxing public.
In November, Davis hit back at talk that Mayweather Promotions was protecting him.
“They’re saying Mayweather Promotions are protecting me and not letting me fight top fighters,” Davis told The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer. “Whoever is in the top four, I don’t know who they’re talking about. Name somebody that is fighting the top whoever. You don’t see any other top fighters fighting top guys. I don’t know when it’s going to happen. It’ll probably happen next year or the year after that. I don’t know but don’t just put everything on me and say I’m not fighting top guys.”
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