WBA “Regular” Lightweight Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis has been sentenced to 90 days of house arrest for his role in a November 2020 hit-and-run. Additionally, Davis must complete 200 hours of community service and he will remain on probation for the next three years.
The incident in question took place on November 5, 2020, in the boxer’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Davis was reportedly scheduled to appear at a nightclub in downtown Baltimore, Maryland and requested a police escort back to his hotel afterward. As Davis made his way back to the Four Seasons Hotel, initial reports suggest that there was one police car in front of the Baltimore native’s car and one police vehicle behind him. During their trip back to the hotel, the WBA “Regular” Lightweight Champion is accused of breaking away from the police escort, running a red light, hitting another carer and eventually crashing into a fence near a local 7-Eleven. Moments after the crash, surveillance footage appears to show Davis getting out of the car, hopping inside another vehicle and fleeing the scene.
Nearly two years after the incident in question, both sides appeared to have reached a plea deal that would involve no jail time for the boxer. Circuit Judge Melissa M. Phinn reportedly struck down the deal after hearing from a witness by the name of Jyair Smith.
“I begged Mr. Gervonta Davis; I looked him in his eyes,” Smith told the court.
“I said, ‘I have to get home to my daughter, I’m pregnant.’ He never once came over to help me.
“Nobody from that car that hit them got out of the car and had the decency to help any of the people in my client’s car,” Smith’s civil attorney, Gil Amaral, added.
Davis, who holds a professional record of 29-0 with 27 knockouts, most recently fought in April. In a high-profile, pay-per-view event, he stopped previously unbeaten Ryan Garcia in the seventh round. Now, he turns his attention to his legal battles in Maryland and Florida.
In late December, Davis was accused of striking the mother of his child in Parkland, Florida. He was scheduled to be arraigned in February, before receiving a new court date for early March. At this time, there are no major updates regarding the case.