Davis Close To Deal Against Dib
In an interview on Wednesday, Gervonta Davis and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe seem to close to lining up Davis’ next opponent, possibly Billy Dib.
According to ESPN, representatives for both Dib and Davis are close to finalizing a deal for a fight on the Adrien Broner and Omar Figueroa undercard on April 21st.
An IBF purse bid for a Davis-Dib elimination match was postponed until February 6, due to both side being near to completing contracts for their fight.
Davis’ return was officially announced Wednesday as part of Showtime’s “2018 Boxing Upfront” event, during which the network announced its schedule through June 16.
Davis lost the IBF super featherweight title on the scale the day before his last fight. Even though he would lose the belt at the scale, Davie knocked out Costa Rica’s Francisco Fonseca in the eighth round on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor undercard August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Davis emphasized Wednesday that he learned from that costly mistake. He also assured reporters that he can make 130 pounds for the foreseeable future.
Davis also failed to make weight on his first attempt prior to his previous title defense. He eventually met the 130-pound limit for that fight, a third-round stoppage of England’s Liam Walsh on May 20th in London.
Dib, 32, most recently defeated Thailand’s Phum Kunmat in Five Dock, Australia. Dib is ranked No. 3 among the IBF’s 130-pound contenders, two spots ahead of Davis.