Florida prosecutors on Monday dropped a charge of battery against Baltimore boxing champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis after prosecutors reported that he completed anger management and parenting classes.
Davis, 28, now of Parkland, Florida, waived his appearance in Broward County Court before Judge Catalina Avalos. An attorney, Shelby Walton, stood in on his behalf.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested Davis at his mansion on Dec. 27, 2022, after a woman called and stated that he had slapped her on the side of her head, leaving a small wound on the inside of her lip. He was later released from the Broward County Main Jail after posting $1,000 bond.
In a since-deleted post on Instagram, Davis denied the allegations. He wrote, in part, “IM NOT A MONSTER I BEEN QUIET FOR TOO LONG.”
The woman later indicated that she did not want to testify in the case. She submitted an affidavit that stated it was her “absolute, complete, and full desire that this criminal prosecution be withdrawn and terminated.”
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In an email, Aaron Savitski, a spokesperson for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, said all sides agreed that Davis needed to complete anger management and parenting classes.
The assistant state attorney, he said, consulted with the woman after receiving certificates of completion for both courses. She indicated that she was satisfied with the outcome and wanted the prosecution to drop the case, Savitski said.
In court documents, Assistant State Attorney Catherine Maus wrote that there were no other witnesses.
She said the woman initially delayed reporting the allegation and did not suffer any visible injuries. That’s in addition to still wanting the state to drop the charge.
So Maus said there was “no reasonable likelihood of conviction.”
The woman’s attorney, Lindsay Chase, could not be reached. Susan Bozorgi, Davis’ attorney, also could not be reached.
Davis is a native of West Baltimore who has a perfect 29-0 record that includes 27 knockouts. He recently defeated Ryan Garcia with a body shot in the seventh round during a lightweight bout in Las Vegas.
Earlier this month, Baltimore Circuit Judge Althea Handy sentenced Davis to 90 days of home detention plus three years’ probation in connection to a hit-and-run that injured four people — injuring a pregnant woman — on Nov. 5, 2020.
In that case, Davis must also perform 200 hours of community service. Calvin Ford, Davis’ longtime coach and trainer, is allowing him to spent the time on house arrest at his home in Baltimore.