Gervonta Davis has said he will be leaving Floyd Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions after his Saturday night fight.
The American lightweight star is set to take on Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero in New York this weekend and should come out with a comfortable victory.
Assuming he wins as expected, there is now plenty of speculation as to what Gervonta will do next.
The 27-year-old made it clear on social media earlier this year that his contract with Mayweather Promotions was set to expire after this fight.
And now he has confirmed that he will go his own way once this deal is done.
Gervonta explained on the Last Stand podcast: “It’s my career, so I feel like I have to be the one in control of my career. It’s time.
“Not everyone needs to have their training wheels on forever.
“It’s time to ride a bike without training wheels.”
Asked to confirm if this will be his last fight with Mayweather Promotions, Gervonta confirmed, “Yes, sir.”
Gervonta is advised by the highly influential Al Haymon – the man behind PBC (Premier Boxing Champions).
He has yet to say if he will stay with Haymon and PBC after this weekend, or if he will seek to forge a new career as a full free agent.
Floyd Mayweather previously reacted to Gervonta saying his contract was set to expire, telling FightHype, “Nothing lasts forever.
“I will always love Tank. He has to do what’s best for him.
“I feel like I’ve done a great job so far, building him up and putting him in big fights. I’m proud of him.”
In response to Mayweather’s remarks, Gervonta said, “I feel like the feeling is mutual.
“There’s nothing wrong or I have bad blood with Mayweather Promotions.
“I really appreciate what they have done for me over the years.
“It’s not a lost love, it’s just time for me to grow up and be my own man.”
While Mayweather Promotions has undoubtedly made Gervonta one of boxing’s biggest young stars, they have frustrated fans by not putting him in the fights many want to see.
Right now, the lightweight division is brimming with talent as Teofimo Lopez dethroned Vasyl Lomachenko, only to be beaten by George Kambosos Jr, who will now face Devin Haney in an undisputed showdown on June 4.
Gervonta has been putting on some entertaining fights with Leo Santa Cruz, Mario Barrios and Isaac Cruz lately, but has only ever won legitimate world titles in one division – super featherweight.
He currently holds the lesser “regular” WBA belt at lightweight, but wants a chance to win all the titles from the winner of Kambosos Jr against Haney.
Responding to Haney’s latest insults, Gervonta said, “He’s an email champ. He fights because someone sent him the belt.
“And he was talking crazy.
“If you win, let’s make the fight happen, since you want to talk crazy.
“Let’s do this, I want to fight you if you win, Devin Haney.”
The wait to see Gervonta in huge fights with his fellow top lightweights may soon be over.
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