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Gervonta Davis changes his name like Muhammad Ali: What’s his new Muslim name?

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Gervonta Davis has chosen to adopt a new Muslim name to conclude his conversion to Islam, following in the footsteps of a number of legendary American boxers.

The 29-year-old fighter from Baltimore, Maryland, opted to begin his new journey as a Muslim and formalized his conversion with a name change on December 24 this year.

As a result, Davis will be referred to by his new name, Abdul Wahid, which translates to ‘The Slave of the One’.

The revelation was made through a video posted by fellow boxer Badou Jack on X and it represents a massive step on his religious path. He has already been positively recognized by the Islamic community after news broke of his decision, receiving messages of support on social media.

Amongst those to pay tribute was former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who welcomed him to his new faith: “May Allah make it easy for you and keep you on the straight path. Welcome to Islam brother @Gervontaa,” the Russian featherweight wrote.

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Gervonta Davis follows Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson

Davis, who is yet to become a unified champion, is undefeated in his career with a 29-0 record and last beat Ryan Garcia by TKO in April 2023. He is yet to publicly comment on his decision to switch religion after he was raised as a Christian.

He is not the first boxer to take the step of converting to Islam, however, as he joins an exclusive club which includes Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.

Ali, who changed his name from Cassius Clay, is the sport’s most renowned champion. It led to an infamous exchange with Ernest Terrell, who referred to Ali by his birth name, when the pair stepped into the ring.

Tyson also chose to dedicate himself to Islam, but unlike Davis and Ali, he did not formalize the switch by choosing a Muslim name. Devin Haney, who like the ‘Tank’ is undefeated, also practises the religion.

NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is another high-profile athlete who made the switch to be known by his Muslim name after he was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.

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