Looking beyond the chaos and headline-grabbing fights the World Boxing Super Series' cruiserweight tournament, Andrew Tabiti is an up-and-coming contender who Mayweather Promotions believe has the potential to be a superstar.
Among those who believe in Tabiti's potential is Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who recently spoke about Tabiti. In a media workout that Ellerbe attended for the May 11 Premier Boxing Champions card on Bounce TV, Ellerbe spoke about Tabiti wanting to make a statement in his fight against Lateef Kayode on that PBC card.
"The future is very bright for Andrew Tabiti. He has all the attributes that you need. He has a good team around him and it's just a matter of finding ways to help him get to the next level. Tabiti is looking to make a statement to all the other cruiserweights out there," Ellerbe said.
Tabiti’s run through the cruiserweight division has netted success and fights on the biggest boxing cards in his young career. In his 15th pro fight last year, Tabiti opened up the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor pay-per-view card with a unanimous decision victory over two-time cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham and walked away with the NABF and USBA cruiserweight titles. The 28-year-old Tabiti is currently ranked No. 4 in the WBC rankings and No. 3 in the IBF rankings.
Tabiti's fight against Kayode will serve as the co-main event bout to the Ishe Smith vs. Tony Harrison fight. Tabiti will face off against a fighter in Kayode who previously challenged for an interim heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz in 2014 and then cruiserweight world in 2015 when he was stopped by Denis Lebedev.