Undisputed unified super lightweight champion Josh Taylor is jabbing back at Gervonta Davis following Tank’s win of a secondary WBA title against Mario Barrios last month.
The 140-pound WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine titlist Taylor has taken offense to Davis and promoter Leonard Ellerbe’s disparaging comments.
“Listen, I would absolutely destroy [Davis]. It’s a good fight, it’s a big fight, but I would absolutely take him to bits. I would absolutely smash him to pieces,” Taylor told Boxing Social. “I’m not calling [Gervonta] out. I just think he’s a little p-ssy. He’s not even on my radar; I’m not even thinking about him … He is a very good fighter, very skillful, but he was getting outboxed by Mario the majority of the fight.”
During Davis versus Barrios fight week, Ellerbe was uninterested in a potential Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) versus Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) fight.
“At the end of the day all of these guys are good fighters. But you gotta be able to bring something to the dance. Because it does take two to tango. You can’t just say, ‘Oh, I just want to fight the champ,” Ellerbe said.
“Josh Taylor’s the undisputed champion. Of course he is, but when it comes to attraction in the United States of America, he means nothing. Other than to the die-hard fans, that’s no knock on Taylor. Cause, I think he is a very good fighter. He is big in his country Scotland. I am sure he is sold-out venues over there. But it's a different world in the United States.”
Ellerbe was referencing the attendance drawn during Taylor’s unanimous decision win over Jose Ramirez at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas.
“So [Ellerbe] talking sh!t that I’m not a big draw. I am a big draw,” said Josh Taylor. “Let’s not forget, that was the restrictions in Vegas at the time, and that’s all that was allowed ... I would have taken thousands of fans over to Vegas if it was open.”
Davis doesn’t plan on campaigning again at 140 anytime soon following his 11th round knockout over Barrios on Showtime pay per view and in front of 16,570 fans.
Taylor said he doesn’t deem Davis to be a champion at super lightweight based on the title he took over.
“They can call themselves whatever they want, but it’s fiction, it’s fantasy. They’re not a champion at 140. There’s only one, and that’s me,” said Taylor. “That’s what I hate about boxing. There are too many belts — interim belts, and diamond belts, and regular and super.”
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