Former multi-division lighter weight World Champion Adrien Broner was apparently involved in some time of an altercation Saturday night with rising star Gervonta Davis outside the dressing rooms at the MGM Grand Arena. However, there are more questions than answers at the moment on what actually happened?
According to DAZN boxing reporter/insider Chris Mannix early Sunday, it was more than just your usual “pro wrestling style, promo-spoof” usually consisting of yelling, screaming and pointing at each other. No, it was much more:
Sources: Adrien Broner and Gervonta Davis got into a fistfight outside of Canelo’s locker room before the fight. Broner hit Davis with a huge punch, per witnesses, and then hit Davis’s pr guy with a haymaker.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) November 3, 2019
Mannix, who’s covered the sport for Sports Illustrated for over a decade is highly respected and well connected to have learned what he reported, but is not reporting that he witnessed any of this incident.
Further, soon after his report on social media, Showtime Boxing’s President Stephen Espinoza responded on Twitter vehemently denying the report and then, hurling insults at Mannix/DAZN:
If a professional boxer – Broner or otherwise – hit a "PR guy" with a "haymaker," then said PR guy would be in the ER. Having seen & spoken with said PR guy, that never happened.
Worry about your disaster of a telecast before trying to distract with false stories. https://t.co/IFpWVwOw1p
— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) November 3, 2019
DAZN made the highly unusual decision to delay the start of the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev main event for over an hour, while awaiting the conclusion of the UFC PPV main event in NYC.
Back to the alleged altercation. The fascinating part, for now, is the apparent silence about punches being thrown/received (or not) from any of those involved. Although Davis did answer someone on Twitter about it here, early Sunday:
Where y’all getting that I was fighting Ab 🤨 https://t.co/nnHlUeSEX3
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) November 3, 2019
And with that, there was nothing else from the former WBA Super Featherweight champ on the subject.
As for Broner, he’s a four division World Champ in the 2010s, and was last in the ring nearly a year ago in a January 12 round decision loss (above) to Manny Pacquiao. And, at 30 years of age and having not won any of his last three fights over two years, he is clearly struggling to get a serious fight of any kind in the ring.
Broner hasn’t tweeted anything for almost two weeks, and has been quiet about the alleged fisticuffs, if there were any, Saturday night.
As for Davis, he’s unbeaten at 22 – 0 with 21 knockouts and most recently announced that he will be making a December debut at lightweight, when he fights for the vacant WBA 135-pound title against Yuriorkis Gamboa on Espinoza’s Showtime network in Atlanta.
Davis, was last inside of a ring in July in his hometown of Baltimore. That’s when he stopped Ricardo Nunez in just two rounds to retain his WBA 130 lbs. belt.
Davis is also no stranger to trouble outside the ring, as he was arrested in February of this year and charged with one count of assault over a dispute at an ATM at a Virginia shopping mall. That charge was just resolved late last month, when reportedly Davis and the alleged victim reached settlement that satisfied prosecutors.
Davis was also arrested twice in 2017 and 18.
The other curious part of Mannix’s report is when he references the “PR guy” taking a punch. That would likely be someone from Mayweather Promotions, who handles Davis’ career.
It’s also well-known that the head of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, is very outspoken and it is hard to believe he would stay silent about the alleged incident from late on Saturday night.
And, while Ellerbe repeatedly tweeted and made fun of DAZN and the Canelo-Kovalev main event delay Saturday night and early Sunday, there wasn’t a peep about Mannix’s report of a brawl- even to deny it.
So, there you go.
Did it happen? Were there actual punches thrown and perhaps, landed?
It does seem very unusual that all parties are quiet one way or the other, except for Espinoza saying that it’s not true.
Now, we wait to see if there’s more to “the fight, while there was a delayed fight” between Broner and Davis.