Gervonta “Tank” Davis is an American professional boxer. Standing at 5’6,” he is a two-weight world champion having held the WBA (Regular) lightweight title since 2019. Previously, he held the IBF super featherweight title in 2017, and the WBA (Super) super featherweight title from 2018 to 2019. According to the Ring magazine, Davis is the world’s second-best active super-featherweight. His knockout to win ratio stands at 95.5%.
Gervonta “Tank” Davis was born on November 7, 1994, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently trains at the Upton Boxing center in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, under the guidance of his longtime boxing coach, Calvin Ford. Davis had a very successful amateur career, winning many national championships. When he was five years old, he was involved in a neighborhood altercation. According to Mayweatherpromotions, his uncles James Walker and Edwin Hanks took him to Upton Boxing Gym in Baltimore, Maryland, to prevent him from going down a negative path. Davis was given the nickname “Tank” by one of his coaches because his head was oversized in comparison to his body and the nickname stuck. The nickname was perfect for the young fighter, as he developed his skills crushing his opponents. When he saw kids boxing in the ring, he became interested in the sport. Qaadir Gurley, a boxer at the gym, noticed Davis had talent at an early age and suggested that Davis train with his father, Calvin Ford.
At the age of fourteen Davis had began to travel to amateur boxing tournaments and got a taste of far more victories than he experienced defeats. The following two years, Davis became a two times Police Athletic League Tournament (PAL) winner, two times Ringside tournament champion, and one time Silver Gloves winner. At this point, Davis requested Ford to allow him to turn professional. Ford insisted that Davis win a national title, and then he would consider his request. In 2012, Davis walked away with another victory over Joseph Rodriguez by decision and became the National Golden Gloves champion. Davis finished his amateur career with an astonishing record of 206-15.
Davis made the decision not to wait three more years for the 2018 Olympics. On February 22, 2013, Gervonta Davis made his professional debut at the age of eighteen, defeating Desi Williams by first-round knockout. Later in his career, Davis met Floyd Mayweather during one of Adrien Broner’s training camps in the summer of 2015. Later that year, he went on to sign with Mayweather promotions, where he took his career to new heights. His first title opportunity was against the-then IBF champion, Jose Pedraza, resulting in an upset win and ‘TKO of the year’ candidate over the Puerto Rican fighter in front of a record-breaking attendance on the Jack vs. DeGale undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Since then, Davis has fought in four consecutive bouts with the most recent of those victories taking place on February 9, 2019, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, where Davis defended his WBA title against Hugo Ruiz earning Davis a 1st round knockout victory.
Since he signed with Mayweather promotions in 2015, Davis has exemplified nothing but hard work and determination as well as the confidence in himself. Currently, Davis holds a record of 21-0-0 with 20KO’s. He has amassed a loyal fan base worldwide, delivering knockout performances and remains hungry for opportunities to come his way. Mayweather has enthusiastically branded his protege as the future of boxing with Davis looking to continue to capture world titles and securing his finances to achieve stability to take care of his family and motivate young people from similar backgrounds to believe in their dreams.
Gervonta Davis net worth is around $2.5 million, which he has earned from his boxing profession. Most of his money comes from his boxing fights, and he has worked hard to develop excellent skills in this sport.
Gervonta Davis has had an equal share of controversies outside boxing. In 2018, he was arrested for alleged assault outside Rosebar Lounge in Washington, D.C. On 2 February 2020, got into a physical altercation with a woman at a charity basketball game in Miami. According to TMZ Sports witnesses say that the two began yelling at each other and things turned physical, although it’s unclear who put hands on who first. People behind the event were agitated at Davis, and currently, there is no feedback from Gervonta’s camp.
Gervonta Davis rolled up ready to straight choke slam shorty pic.twitter.com/NLYHwzYI0i
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In the above video, it is evident that Davis is upset about something. Davis acknowledged the incident on his instagram story, saying the woman is the mother of his child. He maintained he never hit her and would never hurt her, but admitted to being aggressive.
The Baltimore native has also faced other assault charges that were later dropped after reportedly punching a childhood friend in the head in 2017 and another fight with a man at a Virginia mall as well as disorderly conduct for a reported street fight in 2018.