Baltimore boxing champion Gervonta Davis was arrested on Tuesday after a woman reported that he slapped her on the side of the head at his mansion in Parkland, Florida, leaving a small wound on the inside of her upper lip.
Davis, 28, is charged with battery, a misdemeanor. He was released on Wednesday from the Broward County Main Jail after posting a $1,000 bond.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, Davis denied the allegations, writing that he never put his hands on anyone. “IM NOT A MONSTER I BEEN QUIET FOR TOO LONG,” he said. “THATS THE ONLY REASON IM DOING THIS NOW! JUST TO CLEAR MY NAME!”
It’s unclear whether Davis has retained an attorney. His longtime coach, Calvin Ford, declined to comment and referred a reporter to his Instagram, where he posted a photo that included a lengthy portion of the boxer’s statement. But Ford said he is in Florida with Davis as he prepares to fight Héctor Luis García on Jan. 7 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Ford has coached Davis since he was young and been in his corner since he went pro in 2013.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office reported that the assault happened at about 1:30 p.m. at Davis’ house on Lemon Grass Drive at the Parkland Golf and Country Club community. The land and home are assessed at a total of more than $3.75 million, according to property records.
Law enforcement redacted the name of the woman in an affidavit of probable cause but wrote that the two do not live together. The Baltimore Banner does not identify alleged survivors of sexual assault or domestic abuse.
A native of West Baltimore, Davis is nicknamed “Tank” and has a perfect 27-0 boxing record, which includes 25 knockouts. He is the current World Boxing Association regular lightweight champion.
Davis is a protégé of Floyd Mayweather Jr., the former boxing champion who’s now a promoter, though he recently said on “The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer” that he has left Mayweather Promotions to chart his own path.
In a statement, Tim Smith, a spokesperson for Premier Boxing Champions, declined to comment about Davis’ arrest but added that “the fight is still on” for next week.
The arrest is the latest in a series of legal troubles for Davis.
On Feb. 4, 2020, Davis turned himself into the Coral Gables Police Department on a charge of battery several days after a cellphone video of him went viral. Law enforcement alleged that he could be seen “battering his former girlfriend,” with whom he has a child.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office dropped those charges on Dec. 13, according to online court records. His attorney in that case, Susan Bozorgi, could not be reached for comment.
In a memo, Miami-Dade Assistant State Attorney Brian Heckmann wrote that despite having a “good faith basis” to file the charges, the state did not believe that it could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Heckmann said Davis’ ex-girlfriend had been unwilling to cooperate with the prosecution for “a long time prior to my assignment on the case.”
Though another woman was initially willing to cooperate with the state, Heckmann said her attorney later emailed him and reported that she “no longer wished to proceed with the case and that she wanted the case closed.”
Besides their testimony, Heckmann said, the state had “significant evidence” including surveillance video from the Watsco Center at the University of Miami and statements that Davis made to TMZ.
But Heckmann said the state would not be able to prevail because of the lack of cooperation as well as the fact that law enforcement did not know the identities of other witnesses seen on security video.
Later, Davis was arrested in Baltimore in a hit-and-run crash that happened after he had been at a club celebrating his birthday and latest win on Nov. 5, 2020. He’s accused of running a red light on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in a 2020 Lamborghini Urus and striking a 2004 Toyota Solara, hurting four people, including a pregnant woman.
Circuit Judge Melissa M. Phinn rejected a proposed plea agreement that called for Davis to serve no jail time and, instead, two months on home confinement with work release.
His attorney in that case, Michael Tomko, could not be reached for comment.
Davis is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 16 in that incident, according to online court records.