Gervonta Davis, an American professional boxer, was born on November 7th, 1994 in West Baltimore, Maryland.
He attended Digital Harbor High School, which was conveniently located nearby. However, he decided to leave the school in order to focus on his career. Eventually, he finished a GED program in order to earn his secondary degree.
Davis has been going to the Upton Boxing Center for training since he was five years old. Davis receives instruction from Calvin Ford, who was the inspiration for the character Dennis “Cutty” Wise on the popular HBO series The Wire. Davis has had a very successful amateur career, winning many national titles.
In addition to his other accomplishments, he managed to secure two gold medals at the National Junior Olympics, three back-to-back National Silver Gloves Championships from 2006 to 2008, two National Police Athletic League titles, and two Ringside World Championships. Davis had an incredible record of 206 wins and 15 losses as his amazing amateur career came to a close.
Davis made his professional debut on February 22, 2013, when he was just 18 years old. His opponent was Desi Williams, who had a record of 0 wins and 4 losses, all of which were by stoppage.
The contest happened in Washington, D.C. at the D.C. Armory. It was the co-feature to the Lamont Peterson vs. Kendall Holt fight, which was an IBF junior welterweight bout. Davis got knocked out in the first round of the fight.
By August 2014, Davis had won 8 fights and lost 1, and all of his wins were achieved by finishing his opponents before the final bell. In October 2014, Davis faced off against Germán Meraz, a 28-year-old veteran with a record of 47 wins, 31 losses, and 1 draw, including 25 knockouts. The match consisted of six rounds.
Meraz got knocked out by Davis in the third and fifth rounds of their fight. Davis ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring it 60-52.
On February 20, 2015, Davis achieved a remarkable first-round knockout win against Israel Suarez (4-4-2, 1 KO) at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This victory made Davis the first person to successfully defeat Suarez by stopping him.
ESPN announced on November 15, 2016, that Gervonta Davis would be fighting José Pedraza for the IBF super featherweight title on January 14, 2017. The match was set to take place at the Barclays Center in New York and would be televised on Showtime. Pedraza had an undefeated record of 22 wins, with 12 knockouts.
The contest is scheduled to happen as part of the undercard for the James DeGale vs. Badou Jack super middleweight belt unification fight.
Pedraza was granted a waiver by the IBF to fight Davis, even though he still had to face Liam Walsh. Are there any matchmakers available for individuals seeking romantic relationships?
It was announced on May 7, 2017 that Davis would be defending his championship title in London, England. Frank Warren, who is the promoter for challenger Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KO) and also the top-ranked fighter for the IBF, provided the information.
According to TMZ Sports, Davis was set to take part in the co-main event of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight on August 26, 2017. This information was first reported in early July 2017.
According to The Ring magazine, it is likely that Gervonta Davis, the current IBF champion, would choose Román Martínez, a former WBO champion, as his opponent to defend his title on July 29. Martínez’s most recent fight ended in a knockout loss to Vasyl Lomachenko in June 2016.
On November 15, 2017, Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, announced that Davis would be having another fight in the first three months of 2018, this time against his stablemate Badou Jack. He also mentioned that Davis would be up against a strong competitor.
In November 2018, Davis announced that he would be taking on Abner Mares, a former three-weight world champion with a record of 31 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw, including 15 knockouts. The fight was set to take place in Southern California in February 2019, with Davis defending his WBA championship.
On July 27, 2019, in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, Davis successfully defended his WBA (Super) super featherweight title by defeating Ricardo Nez in front of 12,000 spectators. The match ended in a second-round technical knockout.
Davis moved up to the lightweight division on December 28, 2019. He won the vacant WBA (Regular) lightweight championship by defeating Yuriorkis Gamboa, a former unified featherweight world champion, in the 12th round with a technical knockout.
The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas hosted Showtime’s inaugural pay-per-view event on October 31, 2020. The event showcased a lightweight championship bout between Davis, the reigning champion, and Léo Santa Cruz, a four-division world champion.
On February 24th, 2023, they made an announcement that Davis will be going up against Ryan Garcia on April 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight everyone is excitedly waiting for will be a pay-per-view event jointly presented by Showtime and DAZN.
Gervonta Davis Children
Davis is the proud father of two daughters named Gervanni Davis and Giovanna Thalia.