Gervonta Davis. Source: Getty Images

Gervonta Davis is a professional boxer from the United States.

Early life

Davis has been training at Upton Boxing Center since the age of five. Davis is originally from the West Baltimore neighbourhood of Sandtown-Winchester. He was a student at Digital Harbor High School but dropped out to pursue his career. He later completed a GED programme to obtain his secondary education.

Davis had a very successful amateur career, winning numerous national titles. Among his many accomplishments are the 2012 National Golden Gloves Championship, three consecutive National Silver Gloves Championships from 2006 to 2008, two National Junior Olympics gold medals, two National Police Athletic League Championships, and two Ringside World Championships.

Career overview

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Davis has held multiple championships in two weight classes, most recently the WBA (Regular) lightweight title since 2019 and the WBA (Super) super featherweight title since October 2020. Previously, he held the IBF super featherweight title in 2017 and the WBA (Super) super featherweight title from 2018 to 2019.

He is ranked as the world’s best active super featherweight by The Ring magazine as of June 2021, and second by the TBRB. BoxRec ranked him as the world’s best active lightweight, ESPN ranked him third, and the TBRB ranked him ninth. His knockout-to-win percentage is 95.8 percent (100 percent in world title fights).

Records

Davis made his professional debut on February 22, 2013 at the age of 18 against Desi Williams, who had a professional record of no wins and four losses, all by stoppage. Davis won the fight by knockout in the first round (KO). Davis had 8 wins and no losses by August 2014, with all of his victories coming inside the distance.

Davis vs. José Pedraza

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On November 15, 2016, ESPN announced that Davis would fight for the IBF super featherweight title on Showtime on January 14, 2017 at the Barclays Center in New York against undefeated José Pedraza (22–0, 12 KOs). Davis won the IBF super featherweight title by KO in the seventh round over Pedraza.

Davis vs Francisco Fonseca 

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According to TMZ Sports, Davis will compete in the co-main event of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Davis was scheduled to fight unbeaten prospect Francisco Fonseca on August 10th, according to Ringtv.

Davis won the fight by KO in round eight, which was a contentious decision. The final punch to Fonseca appeared to be an illegal punch to the back of the head, and he was counted out 39 seconds into the round by referee Russell Mora. Davis mocked Fonseca after the fight.

Davis vs Ricardo Núñez

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Davis made the second defence of his WBA (Super) super featherweight title on July 27, 2019, when he defeated Ricardo Nez by second-round technical knockout in front of 12,000 fans in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. His victory marked the first time a Baltimore native had returned to defend a world title since featherweight champion Harry Jeffra defeated Spider Armstrong.

Davis vs Yuriorkis Gamboa

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Davis moved up to the lightweight division for the first time on December 28, 2019, and won the vacant WBA (Regular) lightweight title by twelfth-round technical knockout over former unified featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Davis had dropped Gamboa in the second and eighth rounds and had built up a significant lead on the judges’ scorecards by the time referee Jack Reiss called the fight off in the final round. Davis had fought past the ninth round for the first time.

Davis vs.  Léo Santa Cruz

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Davis defended his lightweight title against four-division world champion Léo Santa Cruz at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on October 31, 2020, on Showtime. The fight drew a crowd of more than 9,000 people.

Davis caught Santa Cruz with a sharp left uppercut in round 6, and the Mexican immediately fell to the canvas. Davis retained his lightweight title and won Santa Cruz’s WBA (Super) super featherweight title when the fight was stopped by the referee. Davis’ knockout of Santa Cruz was named The Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year for 2020.

Professional record summary

24 fights24 wins0 losses
By knockout230
By decision10

Personal life

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Gervonta Davis is estimated to have a net worth of $4 million in 2021. His primary source of income is his boxing fights. According to Forbes, he made around $1 million for his bout against Hugo Ruiz.

He endorses sports clothing brands under the apparel called Under Armour. In 2017, he apparently earned a whopping $75,000 for his fight against José Pedraza.

Davis was issued an arrest warrant on September 19, 2017, for first-degree aggravated assault. According to Maryland court records, the alleged incident occurred on August 1, 2017, but did not specify who was involved or what occurred. Davis’ release was secured by a $100,000 unsecured bond.

Davis was arrested in Washington, D.C. on September 14, 2018. According to police, he and another man got into a fist fight. Punches were being thrown all over the upper body. Someone was said to have tried to break up the fight, and both men attempted to flee before the police arrived.

Davis was arrested on February 1, 2020, on charges of simple battery/domestic violence against his former girlfriend. During a basketball game at the Watsco Center at the University of Miami, he was seen grabbing the woman’s shirt and dragging her to a separate room.

On March 22, 2021, he was charged with a slew of traffic violations for allegedly running a red light following a November 2020 birthday party in downtown Baltimore.

His Lamborghini SUV collided with another vehicle, sending its four occupants to the hospital. He allegedly fled the scene in a Camaro, which arrived minutes later. He could face more than seven years in prison if convicted.

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