Gervonta Davis Arrested For Another Domestic Violence Charge | Is He Tanking His Career?

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Gervonta Davis might have tanked his next fight after getting arrested on Tuesday in Broward County, Florida. The boxing superstar was taken into custody for reportedly slapping a woman with a “closed hand,” leaving her with what is described as an abrasion on the upper lip.

The incident happened in Parkland, Florida, where the boxer is currently in training camp for his Jan. 7 bout against Hector Luis Garcia in Washington, D.C. Now the fight may be in jeopardy with it only two weeks away and the show’s star in custody.

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Tanking A Career 

TMZ reported the police documents, which described that the 28-year-old Baltimore native “did actually and intentionally touch and strike” the unnamed woman “against her will” and “did intentionally cause bodily harm to her.” Police believe Davis hit the victim on the right side of her head “with a closed hand type slap,” which left the woman with a facial injury. However, the female victim could leave the residence following the incident.

Hours after the incident reportedly happened on Tuesday afternoon, Davis was arrested and booked on a Battery-Cause Bodily Harm – Domestic Violence by the deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Parkland District.

Speculation now surrounds Davis and his next fight. The Broward County Jail website currently states that Davis’s status is a BOND OUT – SURETY Surety Bond is Pending. In Florida, a surety bond is a three-party guarantee to protect the party requesting it and guarantees that an individual will perform their duties. The obligee, principal, and surety are all involved in this process.

A History Of Issues

Unfortunately for Davis, this is not the first time he has been associated with a domestic incident against a woman in Florida. 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. He was caught on camera gripping the young woman by the collar out of her courtside seat and dragging her to the back of the venue.

After years in the court, the prosecution dropped those charges late this year, per the Dade County Clerk of the Courts records.

But Davis has had more disturbing incidents of violence outside of the ring.

In September 2018, Davis was charged with disorderly conduct in Washington, D.C., after allegedly getting into a fistfight outside a bar. Davis is still dealing with an upcoming trial on February 16 in his hometown of Baltimore from allegations of a November 2020 hit-and-run incident.

New Beginnings?

Davis is the former protegé of Floyd “Money” Mayweather. The two were synonymous for Davis’ professional career until after his fight against Rolando “Rolly” Romero; a Mayweather fighter Tank defeated in May. After the event, Tank decided to part ways with Mayweather and focus on his GTD Promotions which is in partnership with Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime Networks, his broadcaster.

Davis already has two fights booked, one in January and the highly-anticipated matchup between him and “King” Ryan Garcia. As a young promoter, Davis is looking to provide a platform for local DMV area fighters on his D.C. card and begin a new era of resurgence for the Mid-Atlantic boxing market.

Now the cloud of negativity that has followed Davis from his out-of-ring activities has all of his planning in question.

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.