Leonard Ellerbe Goes Off On Triller

On the heels of Triller’s now rescheduled debut credibility fight with Teofimo Lopez putting his three major lightweight belts on the line, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe had a lot to say about the streaming company.

After Triller taunted Mayweather Promotions over the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul exhibition bout with memes of Mayweather and Paul in a romantic embrace, Ellerbe fired heavy shots at the Triller Fight Club promotion.

Triller has been a disrupting boxing’s normal flow of business with its exhibition bouts fused with heavily produced concerts. Starting with the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones, Jr., exhibition bout, the company has been touting itself as the resuscitation of the boxing business.

However, Triller, which has been more famous for infusing pop culture throughout its broadcasts and elevating the stature of boxing heel, Jake Paul, now takes on a real championship fight with Lopez.

Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), making his first title defense since beating Vasiliy Lomachenko last year, won three of the four major belts in the 135-pound division. Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) is the IBF’s mandatory challenger.

Lopez landed on Triller, instead of his promoter Top Rank’s network of choice, ESPN, when the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on the champion’s pay.

When Top Rank and Lopez disagreed on his salary for that fight, the bout went to a purse bid. Triller then won the rights with a $6 million bid.

For the fight, Lopez is getting around $3.9 million.

However, since then, Lopez and Top Rank have agreed to a restructured contract, according to reports.

Lopez will now have his minimum purses raised from the previous amount of $1.25 million and will have options for pay-per-view bouts on ESPN+, according to reports.

Ellerbe, who has been a major part of the triumvirate of Mayweather and Al Haymon who first fused pop culture into boxing, has been the Twitter watchdog for the company.

His clap backs show that he is tired of the perceived disrespect for what Mayweather Promotions has brought to the boxing business.

 

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.