Gervonta Davis was arrested Tuesday evening and awaits a bond hearing on an alleged domestic violence incident less than two weeks from his next planned fight.
According to Broward County (Florida) inmate records, Parkland police placed the unbeaten WBA lightweight titlist under arrest on one count of Battery Causing Bodily Harm. Davis is due to appear before a judge on Wednesday for a first appearance hearing, at which time the charges will be formally introduced along with bond recommendations.
Further details—including when the alleged incident took place and the involved party (-ies)—were not immediately made available to BoxingScene.com as this goes to publish.
The development comes eleven days ahead of Davis’ planned WBA ‘Regular’ lightweight title defense versus Dominican Republic’s Hector Luis Garcia (16-0, 10KOs; 3NC). Davis is training in South Florida for the upcoming bout which is currently scheduled to headline a January 7 Showtime Pay-Per-View event presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Representatives from Showtime were not available for comment given the late hour development. PBC does not comment on active legal matters.
The statute associated with the arrest record states that “(1) (a) the offense of battery occurs when a person… (2) A person who has one prior conviction for battery, aggravated battery, or felony battery and who commits any second or subsequent battery commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. For purposes of this subsection, “conviction” means a determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or a trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld or a plea of nolo contendere is entered.”
Davis was previously arrested and charged in a Miami-Dade County court with two misdemeanor counts of Simple Battery Domestic Violence in February 2020 during Super Bowl week in Miami. The court case lingered for nearly three years before the prosecution abandoned the charges on December 13 according to Dade County Clerk of the Courts records.
The 28-year-old southpaw is still due to stand trial on February 16 in his Baltimore hometown, where he faces multiple misdemeanor charges from his alleged involvement in a November 2020 hit-and-run incident. His legal team attempted to present a plea agreement that was reached with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office but it was rejected by a Baltimore City Circuit court judge on September 22.
Davis’s upcoming fight with Dominican Republic’s Garcia—a WBA junior lightweight titlist moving up in weight—was intended to help promote an agreed upon superfight with Victorville, California’s Ryan Garcia (23-0, 19KOs; no relation to Hector) later next spring.
This is a developing story…
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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