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Ellerbe on ATL- ‘Going to be Black Hollywood’

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Ellerbe on ATL- ‘Going to be Black Hollywood’

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Ellerbe on ATL- ‘Going to be Black Hollywood’

If you have been around Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe for any amount of time this year, Safe bet is he spent a few seconds telling you that Gervonta Davis is the next biggest star in boxing. Davis is in action in Atlanta this Saturday, and in a recent interview with, is that this weekend is going to be a big one that will air on Showtime.

“It’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere,” Ellerbe insisted to “[Saturday] night, it’s going to be Black Hollywood up in there.”

Ellerbe always has a fun way with words. Whether he’s calling the streaming service DAZN “the dead zone” or Comparing Davis to 80s Mike Tyson, you don’t have to agree with the sentiments, but you have to admire the pitch. Ellerbe calling Atlanta “Black Hollywood” isn’t hyperbole this time off as the city has been predominantly that since the 1970s.

The one thing about this fight I’m looking forward to is the atmosphere, The battle is taking place at the State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and is the as of the writing the worst team in basketball. While their record reflects the poor attendance at those games, this fight ion Saturday is going to be a pro-Davis crowd as fans from Davis’s native area of Baltimore and on the way down District of Columbia are being bused in.

“I’ve been telling people, every time he fights, the fans turn out,” Ellerbe stated. “He didn’t get the credit for it before because he wasn’t headlining these shows. But now he’s the star, the main event attraction and they’re turning out. December the 28th is going to be a star-studded event.

Of course, it is. I’ll be in attendance as part of the media covering the fight.

Seriously, however, Atlanta is the entertainment capital of the South, and this fight with a crowd expected to be over 12,000 will solidify Davis a boxing draw no matter where he goes. What this card will also do is hopefully make Atlanta another viable option for big-time fights in the boxing scene.

During the weigh-in, they’ll have Atlanta-born hip hop recording artists YFL Lucci and Scotty ATL performing at before they hit the scales. This bout Saturday is going to be the event to be outside of the annual Peach Bowl game in town.

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Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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