Did Gervonta Davis Just Tank His Career?

    Gervonta “Tank” Davis is in big trouble in his native Baltimore.

    The WBA (Super) junior featherweight and WBA lightweight champion has been charged with 14 counts related to an alleged hit-and-run last November according to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney Office.

    If convicted, Davis could face up to seven years plus in prison for the incident.

    What Happened?

    According to the court documents, police responded to a two-car accident just before 2 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2020.

    Ironically, this is just five days after his crushing sixth-round knockout of Leo Santa Cruz in October 2020.

    The police found a 2020 Lamborghini Urus (SUV) that had crashed into a 2004 Toyota Solara on its passenger side. The Lambo, which was driven by Davis, was recorded by a red-light camera running a red light and it ran into the Toyota coupe.

    It was then that, according to police, a black Camaro arrived at the scene shortly after the accident with Davis, and an unidentified female passenger transferring items from the Lamborghini to the Camaro.

    They then left the scene in the Camaro.

    Luckily, the four passengers who were struck in the Toyota suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. They were eventually transferred to the University of Maryland shock trauma center.

    “Fortunately, the victims in this case were able to survive this alleged hit and run collision with recoverable injuries despite the potential for a far worst scenario,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “My office will continue to do our part to hold reckless drivers accountable when their harmful actions put innocent lives in jeopardy.”

    Davis was charged with a litany of crimes:

    • Four counts of failure to immediately return and remain at scene of accident involving bodily injury – 1 year each
    • Failure of driver involved in accident to render reasonable assistance to injured person – 60 days
    • Failure of vehicle driver involved in accident to furnish required ID and license – 60 days
    • Failure of vehicle driver involved in accident to exhibit license to police – 60 days
    • Failure of vehicle driver involved in accident to report to nearest police – 60 days
    • Failure of vehicle driver in accident to locate and notify owner of unattended property of damage – 60 days
    • Failure of vehicle driver in accident to furnish required ID information in writing on unattended vehicle property – 60 days
    • Person driving motor vehicle on highway on suspended license and privilege – 1 year
    • Person driving motor vehicle on highway on revoked license and privilege – 1 year
    • Driving motor vehicle on highway without required license and authorization – 60 days
    • Driver fail to stop at steady circular red signal

    More of the Same?

    Since coming into prominence under the Mayweather Promotions banner, “Tank” Davis has had a variety of concerning issues.

    During the 2020 Super Bowl weekend in Miami, Davis was charged with simple battery domestic violence after an incident with his daughter’s mother at a charity basketball game.

    Back in September 2018, Davis was charged with disorderly conduct in Washington, D.C., after allegedly getting into a fistfight outside a bar.

    Mayweather Promptions led by CEO Leonard Ellerbe have done a fantastic job promoting Gervonta Davis. He has been on a steady upswing and legitimized Mayweather Promotions in the post-Mayweather era.

    However, now that Davis is facing multiple charges, will the team that made him be able to sustain the break neck momentum they have built?

    As Davis is poised to be the future of boxing his biggest enemy now seems to be himself.

    Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.