Criticism from analysts, especially former fighters is all part of boxing and broadcasting. Well, on Friday morning it is now boiled over into a controversy involving former WBA Junior Lightweight champion Gervonta Davis and now retired, former World Welterweight Champion and ESPN commentator, Timothy Bradley.
First, the comments from Bradley about the level of competition from Davis were actually made after the Miguel Berchelt- Jason Sosa fight on ESPN+ last Saturday night, when discussing Davis and his future:
— Peter Parker (@Spidey_MUFC) November 8, 2019
“Gervonta Davis is fighting Uber drivers, cab drivers, you name it. He ‘aint fighting anybody.”
Bradley then took a second to compliment Davis, “you have a lot of talent. I’m not gonna lie to anybody… but you haven’t fought anybody.”
Those comments got shared on social media Friday morning and that set Davis off on a Twitter Rampage of his own in response (caution NSFW):
Tim Bradley can suck a dick. It’s always a old person hating…he didn’t start fight real opponents till he had 26 fights..lil soft hitting ass! My daughter hit harder than him..talking about me but didn’t say nothing about Berchelt vs Sosa. FOH
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) November 8, 2019
Bradley, a former two division world champ who retired three years ago, was specifically criticizing Davis’s level of competition in his next fight where he’s going to fight aging veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa for the vacant WBA Lightweight Title in Atlanta in December. Bradley has a legitimate point that the soon to be 38 year old Gamboa has basically been a washed-up, forgotten about fighter. That is, until he scored a knockout on the undercard of Davis’ own title defense win in July in Baltimore.
Davis, 22-0 with 21 KOs, last fought in July and beat lightly regarded Ricardo Nunez easily in two rounds. And, now, his promotional team with Floyd Mayweather and Premier Boxing Champions want to get him one of the 135 lb. titles to potentially create leverage for a huge fight. That could possibly include, unified unbeaten World Champ, Vasily Lomachenko.
For what it’s worth, Davis and Mayweather Promotions were both playing up earlier this week that ticket sales were excellent for the December 14th show at the downtown State Farm Arena. However, they provided no tangible information on how many tickets were sold after being put on sale earlier this week.
Also, ESPN is a rival to Davis’ network Showtime, and that is a factor, too.
There is also a desire by PBC and “The Money Team” to have Davis fighting on pay-per-view in 2020 and then, let the public decide if the quality of his opposition is worth paying $49.95 or more for his fights.
In any event, Davis is full speed ahead to win another title, no matter the criticism of his competition.
Hear Marquis Johns and I talking this weekend’s fight’s plus a one on one interview with WBC Heavyweight Champ, Deontay Wilder on this week’s “Big Fight Weekend” podcast: