Gervonta 'Tank' Davis: Like Promoter, Like Fighter
In the United States, everyone is considered to be innocent until proven guilty. Unless of course, you're referring to the unforgiving court of public opinion, then you're pretty much screwed either way.
And if a man is arrested for domestic battery?
In an era filled with public shaming, social justice warriors and the "Me Too" movement, forget it; his career is over.
It's a good thing current Lightweight WBA "Regular" champion Gervonta Davis is a prizefighter and not any other public figure.
If history indeed repeats itself, Tank just might go on to become the biggest PPV draw in boxing.
In case you haven't heard, Gervonta Davis was arrested and charged with battery after a video showed him and his daughter's mother in a public altercation, which featured Tank forcibly "escorting" his ex-girlfriend from the bleachers of a charity basketball exhibition in Florida this past Saturday.
In a recently removed post on one of Gervonta's social media pages, the 25-year-old fighter from Baltimore admitted to acting aggressively but denied ever striking the woman.
Is his now removed comment going to make any difference to the various social justice warriors who made their collective decision long before ever watching the now viral video? Is the fact that Gervonta turned himself in to authorities without admitting guilt going to matter? Is any of this going to hinder his budding career as a prizefighter?
If you answered "No" to all three of these questions, you would be correct!
This is boxing. Is he going to lose any commercial or mainstream endorsement that he had no chance of receiving in the first place?
The people who were most appalled after viewing the cell phone camera video of Gervonta and his baby mama this past weekend aren't fans of boxing and never planned to purchase his upcoming PPV with Leo Santa Cruz anyway.
In December of 2011, Davis' promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. pleaded "guilty" to reduced charges of domestic violence and harassment. His sentence? 90 days in jail, 10 hours of community service, mandatory yearlong domestic violence counseling and a $2,500.00 fine.
Although he was sentenced in 2011, Floyd didn't have to report to the "Clark County Hoosegow" until after he made about $35 million dollars for fighting Miguel Cotto on HBO PPV some five and a half months later. Because he was one of the city's most revered citizens, he was offered that special courtesy.
Yes, of course...a lot has changed in American society since that time. It was indeed almost an entire decade ago.
But once again, this is boxing. For some strange reason, most seem to understand when referring to an individual who makes their respective living punching someone in the face, that we're not talking about "normal" members of society.
And before I get a ton of hate mail from this editorial, please recognize that I do not condone or defend in any way the violent actions of Gervonta Davis, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Tony Ayala Jr., Kelly Pavlik, Aaron Pryor, Ike Ibeabuchi, Edwin Valero, Diego Corrales, Mike Tyson, Carlos Monzon...you get the idea.
Obviously, it wouldn't be the first time a prizefighter was booked on a domestic battery charge and still went on to defend their respective titles with little to no judgment from the die-hard boxing community.
No offense...but I think most fans of the sport would throw down a much stronger social penalty for ducking Ryan Garcia or the eventual winner of Lomachenko vs. Lopez.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
No one will picket or boycott Tank's upcoming PPV for this public display of aggression...fight fans are more likely to boycott the imminent Mayweather Promotions and PBC PPV for having a lackluster undercard.
Just like his promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., all will eventually be forgiven and forgotten...even if he's coerced by the Coral Gables Police Department to enter into a guilty plea. It still won't affect his career one bit.
So look forward to Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, California this May, and get ready to shell out at least $50 for an evening of Lightweight entertainment with three one-sided mismatches on the PPV undercard!!
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