Gervonta Davis Arrested Again On Domestic Violence Charge
Less than two weeks from headlining a Showtime/Premier Boxing Champions PPV in Washington D.C., multi-division world champ Gervonta Davis was arrested, yet again, late night Tuesday in Miami, FL.
Davis, who’s had multiple incidents and arrests throughout his career, was taken into custody on a domestic violence charge by the Parkland division of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in South Florida and remained in jail awaiting a court hearing Wednesday morning.
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“Davis, who has had numerous legal issues throughout his life, is scheduled to defend the WBA “regular” lightweight title against junior lightweight titlist Hector Luis Garcia on Jan. 7 in the main event of a Showtime PPV card at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. It remains to be seen if the arrest will force the fight to be canceled.
Davis, who has been training for the bout in Miami, and according to the website records, is charged with battery causing bodily harm in an incident police classified as domestic violence. No other details were available.
Davis was charged with simple battery domestic violence in Coral Gables, Florida, in February 2020 following an incident with the mother of his daughter at a charity basketball game. The incident was caught on a 14-second cell phone video that went viral on social media. It is unclear if the woman in the 2020 incident was involved in the alleged incident Davis was arrested for Tuesday.
Showtime officials were gathering information on Tuesday’s arrest situation and nobody from TGB Promotions or Premier Boxing Champions could be reached for comment.
Davis not only faces the fallout from Tuesday’s arrest but he is due to go on trial beginning Feb. 16 in his hometown of Baltimore. He faces 14 charges related to an alleged hit-and-run accident in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2020 that injured four people. If convicted, Davis faces a maximum of 50 months in prison.
The 28-year-old Davis (27-0, 25 KOs), who is due to make his fourth title defense against the Dominican Republic’s Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs), 31, took the fight despite having already greed to an April 15 mega fight in Las Vegas on Showtime PPV with fellow star Ryan Garcia (no relation to Hector). That match is slated to be a nontitle bout at 136 pounds.
Ryan Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs), 24, of Los Angeles, was initially also going to take an interim bout against Mercito Gesta in late January but then decided he would pass and await Davis, provided he defeated Hector Garcia and was allowed to fight in the wake of the Baltimore criminal trial.
The Jan. 7 pay-per-view is also scheduled to include Jaron “Boots” Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs), 25, of Philadelphia, against Karen Chukhadzhian (21-1, 11 KOs), 26, of Ukraine, for the vacant IBF interim welterweight title in the co-feature; welterweight Rashidi Ellis (24-0, 15 KOs), 29, of Lynn, Massachusetts, in a 12-rounder against Roiman Villa (25-1, 24 KOs), 29, of Venezuela; and the return of former two-division world titlist Demetrius Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs), 34, of Providence, Rhode Island, making his super middleweight debut in a 10-rounder against Demond Nicholson (26-4-1, 22 KOs), 29, of Laurel, Maryland, in the opener.”
Davis met with the media from his training camp in Miami last week before Christmas saying about his mindset prior to facing Hector Garcia,
“I’m just locked in through the holidays. I’ll do some stuff with my kids, but other than that I’m totally committed to this fight and training for it.” Davis continued on his short term future, “every fight is a steppingstone toward what I want to do. I feel as though this fight with Héctor is an important piece in all of it. I have to put on a good performance so that everybody knows that this is in their future.”
Now, his repeated legal troubles have the PPV bout in jeopardy.
Obviously, Premier Boxing Champions and TGB promotions will have to weigh whether to move forward with Davis, sho as Dan laid out is already facing the February felony hit and run trial after this scheduled bout, or to take him off the card?
Ironically, PBC and Showtime didn’t hesitate to replace a Davis opponent, Rolly Romero, who had been charged with sexual assault in Las Vegas just weeks prior to fighting Davis in December 2021 PPV. Obviously, in that situation (and just like this one), Davis was the headliner and it was easier to find a quick replacement opponent, who turned out to Issac Cruz. Romero was later cleared of any serious charges by Nevada authorities.
This will be much more complicated with Davis’ latest legal trouble.