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Gervonta Davis
American Boxer from Baltimore, MD

Gervonta Davis

Gervonta Davis
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Quick Facts

Intro American Boxer from Baltimore, MD
Is Athlete Boxer
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 7 November 1994, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Age 27 years
Star sign Scorpio
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Digital Harbor High School
The details (from wikipedia)


Gervonta B. Davis (/ərˈvɒnt/ jər-VON-tay; born November 7, 1994) is an American professional boxer. He has held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBA (Regular) lightweight title since 2019; the WBA (Regular) super lightweight title since June 2021; the IBF super featherweight title in 2017; and the WBA (Super) super featherweight title twice between 2018 and August 2021.

As of October 2021, he is ranked as the world's fourth-best active super lightweight by BoxRec and ESPN, and sixth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and The Ring magazine. Known for his exceptional punching power, Davis' knockout-to-win percentage stands at 96% (100% in world title fights).

Early life and amateur career

Davis has been training at Upton Boxing Center since he was five years old. Davis is trained by Calvin Ford who was the inspiration for the character Dennis "Cutty" Wise on the hit HBO television series, The Wire. Davis had a very successful amateur career, winning many national championships. He won the 2012 National Golden Gloves Championship, three straight 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, among others. Davis finished his illustrious amateur career with an impressive record of 206–15.

Davis originally hails from the Sandtown-Winchester community in West Baltimore, which is one of the most crime-ridden areas of the city. He attended Digital Harbor High School, a local magnet school, but dropped out to focus on his career. He later earned his secondary degree through a GED program.

Professional career

Early career

Davis made his debut at the age of 18 on February 22, 2013 against Desi Williams, who had a professional record of no wins and 4 losses, all by stoppage. The fight took place at the D.C. Armory in Washington on the undercard of IBF junior welterweight fight between Lamont Peterson and Kendall Holt. Davis won the bout via first-round knockout (KO). By August 2014, Davis had recorded 8 wins and no losses, with all wins coming inside the distance. Davis was taken the six-round distance for the first time in October 2014 against veteran 28 year old German Meraz (47–31–1, 25 KOs). Davis knocked Meraz down in rounds three and five, and went on to win a unanimous decision (UD), winning all three judges scoring the bout 60–52.

On February 20, 2015 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Davis became the first person to stop Israel Suarez (4–4–2, 1 KO), winning in devastating fashion with a first-round KO.

On May 22, 2015 at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Davis scored a technical knockout (TKO) against Alberto Mora (5–3, 1 KO) at 1 minute 14 seconds into the fight. The normally durable Mora was stopped for the first time in his career. On September 12, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Showtime as part of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto undercard, Davis defeated Recky Dulay (8–1, 5 KOs) in only 94 seconds. On October 30, 2015 at The Venue at UCF in Orlando, Florida on Bounce TV, Davis defeated former featherweight world titleholder Cristobal Cruz (40–18–4, 24 KOs).

On December 18, 2015 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Spike TV, Davis scored a ninth-round KO over Luis Sanchez (17–4–1, 5 KOs). On April 1, 2016 at the D.C. Armory on Spike TV, Davis defeated Guillermo Avila (16–5, 13 KOs) by KO in the sixth round. On June 3, 2016 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card, Davis knocked out Mario Antonio Macias (28–18, 14 KOs) with his first punch of the fight, which lasted only 41 seconds.

IBF super featherweight champion

Davis vs. Pedraza

On November 15, 2016 ESPN announced that Davis would challenge for the IBF super featherweight title against undefeated José Pedraza (22–0, 12 KOs) on January 14, 2017 at the Barclays Center in New York on Showtime. The fight would take place as an undercard fight to the super middleweight world title unification fight between James Degale and Badou Jack. The IBF granted Pedraza an exemption to fight Davis, as he had a mandatory fight against Liam Walsh looming. Prior to the fight being announced, Mayweather Promotions matchmakers tried to make a deal for Davis to fight titleholder Jason Sosa. Davis defeated Pedraza in a seventh-round KO to win the IBF super featherweight title. After the fight, Davis said that he had studied the early career of his promoter and mentor, Floyd Mayweather Jr., in order to stay composed. He said, "I had a lot of experience [from the amateur ranks], but I learned how to keep my composure. Floyd told me to stay calm, and I studied Floyd Mayweather [videos] when he was 'Pretty Boy.' My uppercut was my best shot, and it was landing all night. It felt really good to fight the way I did. I could take it and dish it out." Mayweather Jr. himself enthusiastically branded his protégé as the future of boxing. For the fight, Davis earned $75,000 compared to Pedraza, who earned the lions share of $225,000, in what was his third defence. At the time of stoppage, Davis was ahead 59–55 on all three judges' scorecards.

Davis vs. Walsh

On May 7, 2017 it was announced Davis would travel to London, England for his first title defense. The news came from Frank Warren, promoter of challenger Liam Walsh (21–0, 14 KO), who was also ranked number 1 by the IBF. The fight was scheduled to take place on May 20, 2017 and billed as 'Show me the Money'. At the official weigh in on May 19, Davis made weight on his third attempt. His first attempt, although he was naked, he weighed two ounces over. He was then given two hours to attempt to lose the extra weight, although he came back earlier thinking he had lost it. He eventually met the limit of 130 pounds on his third attempt. Davis stopped Walsh in the third-round to retain his IBF title. After two cagey rounds, which were controlled by Davis, he came out with power punches at the start of the third. Walsh's legs looked to give way and Davis pounced with accurate hooks to the head, eventually dropping Walsh. Walsh beat the count on unsteady legs. The fight resumed and Davis went on the attack again, connecting with every shot he threw, forcing referee Michael Alexander to stop the fight. The time of stoppage was 2 minutes and 11 seconds of round three. Many at ringside believed the stoppage was premature, including Walsh, "That was a bad stoppage. He's very fast and very active but it was too quick. He won fair and square but in England sometimes they stop the fight too early." Davis believed he would have caught Walsh eventually. The fight was shown live on Showtime in the U.S. averaging 228,000 viewers and peaking at 253,000 viewers.

Davis vs. Fonseca

According to TMZ Sports in early July 2017, it was reported that Davis would feature in the co-main event of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. On July 29, The Ring magazine reported that Davis would likely defend his IBF title against former WBO champion Román Martínez, whose last fight was a KO loss to Vasyl Lomachenko in June 2016. On August 10, Ringtv reported that Davis would instead fight unbeaten prospect Francisco Fonseca (19–0–1, 13 KOs), who at the time was ranked number 7 by the IBF. According to some sources, the potential fight with Martínez was dropped due to notice and Martínez would not have had enough time to make the 130 pound limit. Prior to the fight being announced, the IBF had ordered Fonseca to fight their number 3 ranked Billy Dib (42–4, 24 KOs) in a final eliminator, as they were the two highest ranked available. At the weigh in, Fonseca came in at the 130 pound limit. Davis showed up an hour late and came in at 132 pounds, 2 pounds over the weight limit. Davis declined to weigh in after two hours, forcing the IBF to strip him of the title. The title was declared vacant, but the title would be still up for grabs if Fonseca secured victory. In what was billed as an easy fight for Davis, he won the fight via KO in round eight, with the ending being controversial. The final punch appeared to be an illegal punch to the back of the head to Fonseca and referee Russell Mora counted him out 39 seconds into the round. After the fight, Davis mocked Fonseca. Fonseca appeared hurt before the knockout blow, which Davis, who was being booed by the crowd, explained to Jim Gray of Showtime in the post fight interview, "I actually caught him with a body shot before that and he was hurt. So he took advantage of me hitting him in the back of his head and went down." With the win, Davis scored his tenth straight KO victory. Due to Davis winning the fight, the IBF title remained vacant. For the fight, Davis earned a purse of $600,000 compared to the amount $35,000 that Fonseca received.

WBA (Super) super featherweight champion

Davis vs. Cuellar

On November 15, 2017 Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions announced that Davis would be making his in ring return in the first quarter of 2018 alongside stablemate Badou Jack. He also revealed that Davis would fight a high-level opponent. According to Ellerbe, Davis would remain at super featherweight and likely challenge for a world title in 2018. On January 24, 2018 Showtime announced that Davis would next appear on television on the undercard of Broner vs. Vargas on April 21 at the Barclays Center in New York. A day later, Ellerbe stated a deal was close to being reached for Davis to fight former world champion and IBF #3 Billy Dib (43–4, 24 KOs, 2 NC) in what would be an IBF eliminator. A purse bid, which was due to take place on January 25 was postponed to February 6. On February 21, it was reported by ESPN that the fight would not happen. Instead it was stated Davis' likely opponent would be former featherweight champion Jesús Cuellar (28–2, 21 KOs). On March 5, the fight was finalized for the vacant WBA (Regular) super featherweight title. Prior to the fight, Alberto Machado, the WBA (Super) champion at the same weight class, was inexplicably downgraded to 'Regular' champion, and the Davis-Cuellar fight was upgraded to be for Machado's WBA (Super) super featherweight title.

In front of 13,964 in attendance, Davis knocked out Cuellar in round three. Davis first knocked down Cuellar in round two courtesy of a left hook to the body and then put him down twice in round three to get the stoppage. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. stopped the action at 2 minutes 45 seconds into the round. Davis landed 49% of his power shots in the fight. Both boxers earned $350,000 apiece. After the fight, Davis stated he wanted to unify with the winner of Tevin Farmer vs. Billy Dib, which would be contested for the IBF belt, the same belt Davis was stripped of. The bout opened Showtime's broadcast and averaged 460,000 viewers and peaked at 527,000 viewers.

Davis vs. Ruiz

In November 2018, Davis announced that he would defend his WBA title in February 2019 against former three-weight world champion Abner Mares (31–3–1, 15 KOs) in Southern California. The fight was first teased by Mayweather via social media in August 2018, with no mention of a date or venue. The fight would see Mares moving up from featherweight, having lost his last fight in June 2018 against Léo Santa Cruz. When the fight was announced, there was a lot of talk of Mares being 'thrown to the wolves' and that he had no real chance against Davis. Mares hit back at critics explaining it was his decision to move up in weight and test himself. On December 14, the fight was confirmed to take place on February 9, 2019 at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego on Showtime. A week later the venue was changed to Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, California, formerly known as StubHub Center.

Mares and Davis ultimately did not fight on the scheduled date after Mares suffered a potential career ending injury, a detached retina, during sparring. Instead Davis faced challenger Hugo Ruiz, ranked #9 by the WBA at super featherweight. Davis knocked Ruiz out in the first round after breaking the challenger's nose.

Davis vs. Núñez

On July 27, 2019, Davis made the second defense of his WBA (Super) super featherweight title when he beat Ricardo Núñez by second-round technical knockout in front of a crowd of 12,000 fans in his home city of Baltimore, Maryland. Davis took his time feeling out his opponent in the first round. In the second round, after receiving a couple of punches from Nunez, Davis went into attack mode and connected multiple times on Nunez, which prompted the referee to jump in and stop the fight. His win marked the first time a native of Baltimore had returned to the city to defend a world title since featherweight champion Harry Jeffra defeated Spider Armstrong in 1940.

WBA (Regular) lightweight champion

Davis vs. Gamboa

On December 28, 2019, Davis moved up to the lightweight division for the first time, and captured the vacant WBA (Regular) lightweight title when he defeated former unified featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa by twelfth-round technical knockout. Gamboa was ranked #2 by the WBA at lightweight at the time. This was the first occasion that Davis had fought past the ninth round. He had dropped Gamboa in the second and eighth rounds, and built up a big lead on the judges' scorecards by the time that referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight in the final round, with scores of 109–98 twice and 109–97 all in favor of the eventual winner. His dominance was reflected in the final CompuBox punch stats, with Davis landing 120 of 321 punches thrown (37%), while Gamboa landed 78 of 617 thrown (13%).

Davis vs. Santa Cruz

Making his PPV debut on October 31, 2020 on Showtime, Davis defended his lightweight title against four-division world champion Léo Santa Cruz at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight took place with more than 9,000 in attendance. In round 6, Davis caught Santa Cruz with a sharp left uppercut and the Mexican immediately fell to the canvas. The referee stopped the fight and Davis retained his lightweight title, while also winning Santa Cruz's WBA (Super) super featherweight title. At the time of the stoppage, Davis was leading on all three judges' scorecards by the identical margin, 48–47. Over the course of just under six rounds, Davis had been out-landed and out-thrown by his opponent despite being the more accurate boxer: he landed 84 of 227 punches thrown (37%), while Santa Cruz landed 97 of 390 thrown (25%). His knockout of Santa Cruz was selected as the winner of The Ring Magazine Knockout of The Year award for 2020.

WBA (Regular) super lightweight champion

Davis vs. Barrios

In his second fight headlining a Showtime PPV, Davis moved up to the super lightweight division for the first time in his career to face undefeated WBA (Regular) champion Mario Barrios on June 26, 2021 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. On the night, Davis prevailed in a competitive fight, knocking his opponent down twice in the eighth round, and again in the eleventh round en route to an eleventh-round technical knockout victory. Davis was leading on all three judges' scorecards, with scores of 97–91 and 96–92 twice, at the time of the stoppage. According to CompuBox punch stats, Davis landed 96 of 296 total punches (32%), while Barrios connected on 93 of 394 total punches (24%). Speaking in his post-fight interview with Jim Gray, he was satisfied with his first win in the super lightweight division: "I definitely could have made it easier but I went up two weight classes and I got the job done."

Move back down to lightweight

Davis vs. Cruz

On October 6, 2021, Davis announced that he would be facing undefeated former WBA interim lightweight champion Rolando Romero on December 5 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Showtime PPV. However, Romero was pulled from the bout due to sexual assault allegations made against him, and was subsequently replaced with Isaac Cruz.

Legal issues

On September 19, 2017 an arrest warrant was issued for Davis, who was being accused of first-degree aggravated assault. According to Maryland court records, the alleged incident took place on August 1, 2017 but did not indicate who was involved or what happened. An amount of $100,000 unsecured bond was posted for Davis' release. Davis was due to appear in court on October 19. The charge was later changed to misdemeanor second-degree assault, which carries a maximum potential sentence of 10 years or a fine of $2,500 or both. At the court, Anthony Wheeler, a childhood friend, complained that Davis punched him on the side of the head with a 'gloved fist'. He then stated he was diagnosed with a concussion in hospital. The incident took place at the Upton Boxing Center in West Baltimore. It was said that Davis would stand trial on November 29, 2017. In court, the charges were dropped by Wheeler. The Baltimore Sun stated that Davis and Wheeler both embraced and walked out of the courtroom together.

On September 14, 2018 Davis was arrested in Washington, D.C. According to a police report, he and another man started a fist fight. Punches were being landed around the upper body. It was said that someone had tried to break up the fight and both men tried to flee before the police arrived.

On February 1, 2020 Davis was arrested on charges of simple battery/domestic violence against his former girlfriend. The incident occurred at the Watsco Center at the University of Miami during a basketball game where he was seen grabbing the woman's shirt "with his right hand close to her throat" and dragged her to a separate room.

On March 22, 2021, he was indicted on fourteen counts for allegedly running a red light after a November 2020 birthday party in downtown Baltimore. His Lamborghini SUV struck another car, sending its four occupants to the hospital. He allegedly left the scene in a Camaro that pulled up minutes later. Davis will be headed to jury trial in March 2022. If convicted of all fourteen counts, he could face more than seven years in prison.

On August 21, 2021, Davis was on board a Gulfstream 4 that suffered a nosewheel collapse and subsequently skidded off the runway at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. He and the thirteen others on board sustained no injuries.

Professional boxing record

25 fights 25 wins 0 losses
By knockout 24 0
By decision 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
26 N/A N/A Isaac Cruz N/A – (12) Dec 5, 2021 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Defending WBA (Regular) lightweight title
25 Win 25–0 Mario Barrios TKO 11 (12), 2:13 Jun 26, 2021 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Won WBA (Regular) super lightweight title
24 Win 24–0 Léo Santa Cruz KO 6 (12), 2:40 Oct 31, 2020 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) lightweight title;
Won WBA (Super) super featherweight title
23 Win 23–0 Yuriorkis Gamboa TKO 12 (12), 1:17 Dec 28, 2019 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Won vacant WBA (Regular) lightweight title
22 Win 22–0 Ricardo Núñez TKO 2 (12), 1:33 Jul 27, 2019 Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) super featherweight title
21 Win 21–0 Hugo Ruiz TKO 1 (12), 2:59 Feb 9, 2019 Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) super featherweight title
20 Win 20–0 Jesús Cuellar TKO 3 (12), 2:45 Apr 21, 2018 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBA (Super) super featherweight title
19 Win 19–0 Francisco Fonseca KO 8 (12), 0:39 Aug 26, 2017 T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. IBF super featherweight title at stake only for Fonseca after Davis missed weight
18 Win 18–0 Liam Walsh TKO 3 (12), 2:11 May 20, 2017 Copper Box Arena, London, England Retained IBF super featherweight title
17 Win 17–0 José Pedraza TKO 7 (12), 2:36 Jan 14, 2017 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won IBF super featherweight title
16 Win 16–0 Mario Antonio Macias KO 1 (8), 0:41 Jun 3, 2016 Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Guillermo Avila TKO 6 (10), 0:29 Apr 1, 2016 D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Luis Sanchez KO 9 (10), 2:05 Dec 18, 2015 Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Cristóbal Cruz TKO 3 (8), 1:31 Oct 30, 2015 The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Recky Dulay TKO 1 (6), 1:34 Sep 12, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Alberto Mora TKO 1 (8), 1:14 May 22, 2015 The Claridge Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Israel Suarez KO 1 (6), 0:47 Feb 20, 2015 Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Germán Meraz UD 6 Oct 8, 2014 Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Hector Lopez KO 1 (4), 1:16 Aug 1, 2014 Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Joshua Arocho RTD 2 (4), 3:00 May 16, 2014 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 James Franks TKO 2 (6), 2:29 Dec 14, 2013 Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Eric Jamar Goodall TKO 4 (4), 1:55 Oct 17, 2013 ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Rafael Casias TKO 2 (6), 2:26 Jul 20, 2013 Physical Education Complex, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Jonathan Gears KO 1 (4), 1:36 Jun 8, 2013 Echostage, Washington, D.C., U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Jacob Ninow TKO 2 (4), 2:04 Apr 20, 2013 The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Desi Williams KO 1 (4), 1:29 Feb 22, 2013 D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Pay-per-view bouts

No. Date Fight Buys Network Revenue
October 31, 2020
Davis vs. Santa Cruz 225,000 Showtime $16,875,000
June 26, 2021
Davis vs. Barrios 215,000 Showtime $16,125,000
3 December 5, 2021 Davis vs. Cruz N/A Showtime N/A
Total sales 440,000 $33,000,000
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