Gervonta Davis Could Face Frank Martin On PBC’s First PPV With Amazon Prime Video
Following Showtime’s exit from the sport, PBC searched for new networks. After links with DAZN and Amazon Prime Video, the network decided to proceed with the latter. Reports indicate it was a multi-fight deal, with the first fights set for March 30th and May 4th.
Canelo Alvarez is expected to headline the May PPV in line with Cinco De Mayo Weekend. That has left Davis as the other option for March. He has not fought since his win over Ryan Garcia last year. The fight sold over 1.2 million PPVs, making it the highest-grossing event of 2023.
Davis was also alleged to have earned over $50 million for the fight. That has set the benchmark for any future paydays that Davis would want, which is why a PPV on Amazon Prime Video makes sense. They have a 167 million subscriber base in just the United States.
Davis Vs. Martin
As for his opponent, Martin, he was in line to face Shakur Stevenson for the vacant WBC Lightweight Title. Terms had been agreed only for Martin to pull out, with Shakur stating that Martin demanded a 50-50 split, which no longer made the fight possible.
Martin may have turned down the chance of a world title, but facing Davis allows him to become the WBA Lightweight Champion. Davis was elevated from his ‘Regular Title’ to that of a full champion after Devin Haney decided to move up to 140. By the looks of it, Martin was teasing something big.
“I’m taking it to the ceiling on the next one!!!,” Martin said
Davis Vs. Haney
Despite this, it was not the fight that fans were hoping for. Turki Alalshikh clarified his intention: he wanted to make Davis vs Haney this year. But to do that, some obstacles have to be overcome. Davis fights at 135, meaning he would have to move up to 140 to make the fight happen.
Haney has already ruled out having a rehydration clause, meaning Davis must decide if he wishes to pursue such a fight. There is also the question of who is the A-side, given their recent PPV numbers.
Davis sold over a million in his last fight, while Haney allegedly did 50,000 PPV buys for the Regis Prograis fight. Given Davis’ recent comments, it will take something for him to secure the fight. He demanded two Ferraris to be delivered to his driveway to start the fight negotiations.
“The two Ferraris is a throwaway line about ‘If I come there, do I get a big payday?’ Of course, you’d get a big payday. He’s one of the young stars in America. At the moment, Tank Davis, Ryan Garcia, slightly less so. Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, they’re all claiming to be the ‘Face of Boxing’ in America, aren’t they? You can put them in with Terence Crawford as well,” Gareth A Davies stated
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