Boxing’s elite lightweights face complicated path forward

Prior to I ever got the phone, the fan in me got delighted: George Kambosos, Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Vasiliy Lomachenko and a couple of others all battle in the exact same department.

The fan visualizes enjoyable, competitive battles, amusing promos filled with garbage talk and a circumstance where all of those people combat the other.

Which’s where the great times end.

Since I then got the phone and spoke to some individuals who stay in business with those fighters and, well, let’s state I was less delighted when I hung up.

In the last month, there were 3 substantial light-weight title battles: Kambosos beat Teofimo Lopez in New york city to end up being the undeniable light-weight champ. On Saturday, Devin Haney maintained his WBC routine title when he decisioned Jojo Diaz. And Sunday in Los Angeles, Davis beat Isaac Cruz to keep his secondary WBA title.

On Saturday in New York City, Lomachenko will combat Richard Commey.

After that, what takes place is anybody’s guess. Kambosos was a virtual unidentified prior to beating Lopez. Haney is an extremely gifted fighter who hasn’t offered tickets.

Garcia’s profession has actually been slowed by an absence of elite opposition and, more just recently, psychological health concerns. Lomachenko is the only one who combats on ESPN, so that might provide concerns determining an offer.

Garcia is the least achieved of the group by a long shot, however he’s the most significant name with a big following consisting of 9 million Instagram fans.

Davis has actually revealed he can offer tickets, which is a big plus, however he hasn’t battled the very best opposition. There were 15,850 at Staples Center in Los Angeles to see Davis on Sunday. Haney battled Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, however a a great deal of tickets were distributed.

So all the fighters have pluses and all have minuses.

Who battles who next and will all of them fulfill each other? Well, it depends.

“Devin is very sensible and smart, and he understands that Kambosos is the man right now,” Haney promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport stated. “George wants to fight his next fight in Australia, and he had a standout victory and most of the belts and so Devin is humble enough to admit he’s the B side.

“So he’d go to Australia in a minute to do the fight and also solve the little question of who really is undisputed.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27:   George Kambosos Jr poses with the belts he won after his championship bout for Lopezs Undisputed Lightweight title at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 27, 2021 in New York, New York (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

George Kambosos Jr. holds all the belts — and all the cards — in the 135-pound department. (Image by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire through Getty Images)

Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Advertising has actually been unfaltering for numerous years that Davis is the most significant attract the department, and absolutely nothing altered on Monday.

On his method house to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, Ellerbe stated he’s not in a rush to identify what is next for Davis.

“Tank wants the biggest fight, and we’re the biggest attraction in the division,” Ellerbe stated. “We’re not going to let any artificial narrative control what we’re doing. Tank wants to fight all of them guys, but he can’t fight them all in one night. And some of the stuff from the media, saying a lot of these are big fights, let’s be honest: Not all of them are big fights.”

Garcia called Davis out right away after Davis beat Cruz on Sunday. Previously in the year, Garcia went on Mike Tyson’s podcast and called out Davis. Tyson got Davis on the phone and Garcia and Davis went at it in an amusing war of words.

Ellerbe tried to make Davis-Garcia then, however was rebuffed.

“Ryan Garcia is full of s***,” Ellerbe stated. “He said he wanted to fight Tank and so I talked to [Golden Boy Promotions president] Eric Gomez and he said they were going in a different direction. He hasn’t fought in about a year and he keeps saying all this stuff. What he needs to do is go out and get a win in a quote-unquote tune-up before he puts Tank’s name in his mouth again.”

Leading Rank president Todd duBoef stated his objective is constantly to make the very best battles readily available, so he stated he would aspire to pit Lomachenko versus any of Davis, Haney, Garcia and Kambosos.

He stated he believed that Lomachenko would wish to combat Kambosos, given that Kambosos beat Lopez to win the titles that Lopez drew from him.

“Our philosophy is to always do big fights and we’re down for it, whether it’s with [Kambosos promoter] Lou [DiBella], PBC, Eddie or whoever,” duBoef stated.

DiBella stated he’s not going to work out in the media and stated his job is to provide Kambosos all of his choices and let him choose.

However he stated he’s not hurrying to do something.

“I think George has as much star power as anyone in this division,” DiBella stated. “We’ll look at all the alternatives as to who’s next and we’ll present it to George. Ultimately, George is going to choose who he fights next after he understands the money involved and all of the other factors.”

Kambosos is a tv totally free representative in the U.S., so that’s a plus for him. He might go to combat any among the other competitors and not have a concern.

However it’s going to be made complex to get any offers done and not everybody is going to be happy with the course each fighter takes.

Hearn stated Australia is a crucial market for DAZN, so sending out Haney there to combat Kambosos would be huge both for Haney and for his network partner.

He acknowledged, however, that DiBella is Kambosos’ promoter, despite the fact that he won the rights to promote the Lopez-Kambosos battle in a handbag quote after Triller defaulted.

“Ryan Garcia boxed Luke Campbell and then we’ve seen nothing else from him,” Hearn stated. “Tank hasn’t beaten an elite lightweight yet, so in my view, it’s pretty clear Kambosos and Haney are 1-2 in the division. But I think the great thing about this is, I’m not saying four couldn’t beat one or three couldn’t beat two. There are a lot of good guys and they will mix and match differently. There are a lot of good fights to be made.”

That’s the enjoyable side of this. The rest of it, however, resembles pulling teeth without novocain.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.