By Keith Idec
VERONA, New York – Eddie Hearn has a simple plan to get Gervonta Davis’ attention Friday night.
If Tevin Farmer defeats Jono Carroll in their fight for Farmer’s IBF super featherweight title, Hearn intends to make Davis “a f***ing massive offer” to face Farmer next. England’s Hearn, Farmer’s co-promoter and a partner with DAZN, suggested he’ll offer Davis a $5 million purse to fight Farmer in what would be an intriguing 130-pound title unification fight.
The difficulty for Hearn in convincing Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) to accept such a profitable offer is that Davis’ promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., is loyal to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions organization and Showtime. Davis’ past five fights have been broadcast either by Showtime or distributed by Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Mayweather’s tentative plan for Davis is for the strong southpaw to make a defense of his WBA 130-pound championship in his hometown of Baltimore sometime this summer. Regardless, Hearn believes he’ll make Mayweather Promotions an offer Davis can’t refuse.
“I’m gonna make Gervonta Davis a f***ing massive offer, and I might even do it on air [on DAZN] on Friday,” Hearn told a group of reporters Sunday following DAZN’s card at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. “Because I don’t believe he’s seen [the offers]. So, I’ve made two offers now to Mayweather Promotions, [to] which they’ve publicly said, ‘He’s not fighting on DAZN.’ But does he actually know about ‘em? You know what I mean?”
When asked just how much money he’ll offer Davis to make this long-discussed fight a reality, Hearn said, “I’ll tell you on Friday. But he’s gotta beat Jono Carroll yet. Jono Carroll’s my man. I’m rooting for the little Irishman. But yeah, I will make him a public offer and it will be massive.”
Hearn answered a question regarding how “massive” that offer will be by asking questions of his own.
“What do you think the number should be?,” Hearn said. “What’s gonna get his attention?”
Hearn added that Davis can fight Farmer on DAZN and then return to Showtime or whichever network he chooses for his following fight. A reporter then asked Hearn if $5 million was a good guess as to how much money he’ll offer Friday night.
“That’s a good number,” Hearn said, before noting that Farmer will make, “a lot as well – not five. But it’ll be all right. He’s made great money.”
Philadelphia’s Farmer (28-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC), who’s co-promoted by Lou DiBella, will defend his IBF super featherweight title against Ireland’s Carroll (16-0-1, 3 KOs) in the main event of a DAZN card Friday night at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.