WBA (Regular) Lightweight champion and Floyd Mayweather Jr. protege, Gervonta Davis, was arrested on Tuesday in Parkland, Florida. The boxer was charged with battery causing bodily harm, according to an ESPN report.
Davis is currently jailed in Fort Lauderdale as he awaits a court hearing at 8 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning. There are no further details on the circumstances of the arrest at this time.
The charge potentially complicates a Jan. 7, 2023, Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) event in Washington D.C. between Davis and Hector Luis Garcia. That was set as something of a warm-up for a long-awaited “super” fight between Davis and Ryan Garcia on April 25, 2023.
This isn’t the only serious legal trouble that Davis has found himself in recently. Indeed, a Nov. 2020 hit-and-run incident will come to court in Baltimore on Feb. 16, 2023. “Tank” is facing 14 charges after his Lamborghini ran a red light and hit a Toyota with four people, including a pregnant woman. Police allege that Davis fled the scene in a black Camaro that arrived shortly after the accident.
Davis is facing up to seven years in prison over the incident.
Davis was also arrested and charged with Simple Battery Domestic Violence in Feb. 2020 over an incident with his girlfriend during Super Bowl weekend. After more than two years, Miami-Dade prosecutors abandoned the charges on Dec. 13, 2022.
Davis’ record is much cleaner inside the ring.
He comes into the Garcia fight with a perfect (27-0) record, 25 of which came via (technical) knockout. Under the management of Mayweather Promotions, Davis has developed into a reliable PPV draw. It was expected that his spring showdown against Garcia was going to be the biggest fight of his career.
Davis is a -1,000 favorite coming into his fight against Garcia, who currently sits at a +800 underdog. The odds are much tighter against Garcia, who is a +150 underdog to the -200 Davis. No odds are available to tell us how likely the fight is to still happen with all the legal issues surrounding it.