By Keith Idec
Eddie Hearn has been rebuffed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his attempts to co-promote Gervonta Davis.
The British promoter claims he offered Mayweather a co-promotional package that would help pay the undefeated Davis “like three times more money” than he currently earns. That proposal would require Davis’ fights to be streamed by DAZN, with which Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA is partnered.
“I’ve made Mayweather Promotions offers to co-promote Gervonta Davis – to get him now, to get him loads of money,” Hearn told a group of reporters following a card his company promoted Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston. “And they’re not really interested in that. And the next thing is I’m trying to move toward the Tevin Farmer fight.
“I think Tank would fight Farmer like that, you know? But it’s just like they don’t wanna let him. But how can you hold someone back from taking a deal that’s like three times more money than you’re making? And it will keep you active, boxing three, four times a year.”
The 23-year-old Davis’ past four fights have been broadcast by Showtime or Showtime Pay-Per-View as part of adviser Al Haymon’s alliance with that premium cable network.
Showtime has approximately 24 million subscribers in the United States, much higher viewership than the recently launched DAZN. Davis made the aforementioned pay-per-view appearance on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor undercard, which drew roughly 4.3 million buys.
Haymon and Mayweather also could showcase the powerful southpaw from Baltimore as part of PBC’s new deal with FOX, which is available in roughly 120 million homes in the U.S.
Hearn wants to put together a 130-pound title unification bout between Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), the WBA “super” champion, and Philadelphia’s Farmer (27-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC), the IBF champion, for DAZN. Farmer, who’s promoted by Lou DiBella, recently signed a multi-fight agreement with DAZN.
“Tank’s a brilliant fighter,” Hearn said. “Great style, exciting. Should be boxing four times a year. What is he, 24, something like that? He should be a superstar.”
Davis hasn’t fought since he annihilated Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) on his way to a third-round technical knockout April 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He has taken not-so-subtle shots at Mayweather through his social media accounts in recent months, but Hearn wouldn’t assess the job Mayweather has done promoting Davis or other fighters.
“It’s not for me to comment,” Hearn said, “but I ain’t seen many happy ones.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.