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In the span of a few weeks, Gervonta Davis competed in two tough fights. He was able to knock out Ryan Garcia in their fight on April 22. 

On May 5, he took on the Baltimore court and the legal system. 

Davis, the WBA (Regular) lightweight champion, stood trial in Baltimore Circuit Court for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run incident in November 2020. Davis could have been sentenced to seven years in prison if the judge went through with a guilty verdict. 

What was the end result following a long trial for Davis? Here’s a full breakdown of Davis’ case. 

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Gervonta Davis court case

Per The Baltimore Banner, “Tank” celebrated his birthday at a club. Running a red light, his 2020 Lamborghini Urus SUV hit a 2004 Toyoya Solara, bringing four people, including a pregnant woman, into the hospital, Baltimore Police reported.

WJZ shared a video of the crash, with the Lamborghini crashing into a fence. Davis allegedly left the scene of that accident before authorities arrived. He pled guilty to four traffic offenses. 

Gervonta Davis guilty plea

Before the initial sentence, Davis was facing 14 misdemeanor charges. That included four counts of failing to return to a scene involving bodily injury. He waived the right to stand trial. 

Judge Melissa M. Phinn rejected a plea agreement request that would allow Davis to avoid jail time. Davis would have been confined to a 60-day home confinement punishment if not for the rejection. That was due to the testimony of Jyair Smith, the pregnant woman who sued Davis after suffering multiple injuries following the crash. 

MORE: Full timeline of Gervonta Davis’ legal history

Is Gervonta Davis going to jail? 

Per The Baltimore Banner, Davis was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest, which will be served in the home of Calvin Ford, his coach and trainer. Per WJZ CBS Baltimore’s Kelsey Kushner, he may be able to to leave the house to continue training in the gym. The original sentence was set at two years in prison, plus 60 days.

The 28-year-old must also complete 200 hours of community service and take part in other programs not yet released. Davis will be on three years’ probation. 

The verdict was met with criticism of Davis’ character. Baltimore Circuit Judge Althea M. Handy did not appreciate Davis refusing to apologize to one of the victims.

“Three words. ‘I am sorry.’ And he was not man enough to do that … He’s shown absolutely no remorse,” Judge Handy said via The Baltimore Banner’s Dylan Segelbaum

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June 2, 2023: Davis was taken into custody after reportedly violating the terms of his home detention. Per The Baltimore Banner, Michael Tomko, Davis’ attorney, stated there was was an “impromptu hearing,” and Davis was ordered to serve out the rest of his sentence (90 days) in jail.

Davis did not stay with Ford, and it was learned he was staying at a luxury penthouse inside the Four Seasons. 

Gervonta Davis’ next court case

On December 27, 2022, Davis was arrested and booked into Broward County’s Main Jail Bureau in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on one account of Battery Causing Bodily Harm.

It was reported that he struck a woman on the right side of her head, allegedly using what was described by police as a “closed hand type slap.” The blow allegedly left her with “a small abrasion to the inside of her upper lip on the right side of her mouth.” 

TMZ later released exclusive audio of the phone call between the woman accusing Davis and 911, saying she was in danger as she attempted to get to the car. Davis was then released after the accuser walked back claims against him.

The boxer had a May hearing scheduled at Broward County Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, related to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge of battery causing bodily harm. Florida prosecutors dropped the battery case

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Per The Baltimore Banner, Davis completed anger management and parenting classes, and the woman was “satisfied” with the outcome of his completion of the courses. Assistant State Attorney Catherine Maus stated there was “no reasonable likelihood of conviction.”

When does Gervonta Davis fight next? 

The sentence won’t cost Davis the rest of 2023 to box. Should he avoid additional punishment, Davis has options. A Ryan Garcia rematch is off the table, as the contract the two signed only required one if Davis won the bout. 

Given his new status as “the face of boxing,” Davis can defend it against the best of the lightweight division. He could face the winner of Devin Haney vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko. Haney puts his status as undisputed lightweight champion (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring) on the line against the Ukrainian and former champion on May 20. The winner of that may face Davis after.

Another possibility is a bout against Shakur Stevenson. Stevenson fought in April, beating Shuichiro Yoshino via TKO in his lightweight debut. The 25-year-old is under the Top Rank banner, along with Haney and Lomachenko, meaning he could get the first crack at undisputed following the May 20 fight. All four are bound to cross paths soon, depending on how negotiations go. 



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