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With his back against the ropes, Crawford faces a younger, stronger Israil Madrimov in what could be the most critical fight of his career

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Under the harsh glow of the unforgiving sport that is boxing, Terence Crawford, once revered as the master of evasion with legs that danced like lightning across the canvas, finds himself teetering on the brink of his career’s twilight. With 40 wins31 by knockout, Crawford, at 36, faces the daunting challenge ofIsrail Madrimov, a young lion whose power is whispered about with a mixture of awe and fear in the hallowed halls of gyms across the nation.

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Madrimov, wielding a force akin to Golovkin, brings a terrifying arsenal to the 154-lb division, perhaps even eclipsing the ferocity found at 168, a realm dominated by names like Canelo Alvarez. It’s this power that makes him not just a threat but perhaps the harbinger of the end for Crawford, who now seems to anchor his fading quicksilver footwork in waist-deep quicksand rather than the nimble ballet that once defined him. Gone are the days when Crawford could outmaneuver; now, he finds himself in the perilous position of having to outpunch those who stand before him. His recent fights, more slugfest than symphony, reflect a stark pivot from artistry to survival.

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The road leading here has been paved with strategically chosen battles against opponents like Errol Spence Jr., still tethered to the shadows of a devastating car crash, and Shawn Porter, whose best days whispered of past glories. Each, in their own right, perhaps not the challenge that Madrimov now presents. Madrimov, at 29, fresh from a chilling fifth-round demolition of Magomed Kurbanov, represents not just a challenge but a potentially insurmountable obstacle for the aging Crawford.

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This upcoming bout, set against the opulent backdrop of a card promoted by His Excellency Turki Alalshikh on August 3rd, is not just another fight; it is a spectacle wrapped in the veneer of necessity. For Crawford, this fight is a reluctant nod to the realities of prizefighting – where the glory of victory is often overshadowed by the financial imperatives that drive the sport.

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As the day approaches, the question that looms is not just of victory or defeat but of legacy and longevity. How will Crawford, once the embodiment of boxing brilliance, fare against the raw, unyielded power of Madrimov? It is a question that will be answered under the bright lights, in a ring that forgives no man’s past, only his present. And for Crawford, the present is a dangerous dance with time, one that no amount of past victories can choreograph.

Israel Adesanya has come up with yet another revelation. And it involves the YouTuber turned professional boxer, Jake Paul. Adesanya is no stranger to commenting on fights; be it mixed martial arts or boxing. Getting into a ‘backyard fight,’ however, might just be too much for the former champ.

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Talking to Demetrious ‘The Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, on his talk show, MIGHTYcast, Adesanya revealed that ‘The Problem Child’ seemingly wanted to get him in a backyard ring. The fact that it was an instance during the COVID-19 pandemic, just makes it all the more interesting.

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During the interview, ‘The Last Stylebender’ recalled the time when Mike Tyson returned to action and fought Roy Jones Jr., and Paul took on Nate Robinson; remembering that after giving his views on the fights, he was invited to Paul’s place. Adesanya said, “You know what’s funny? When I was at, when Jake fought Nate Robinson, I commented on that fight. Mike Tyson fought Roy Jones. And I watch that live, and blah, blah, blah, blah. Meet Jake Paul at the hotel, then he invites me to his house, get there, crazy.”

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He goes on to establish that it all happened during the times when social distancing was mandatory owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the crazier thing is that he was pushed to fight Paul in his backyard ring. “And then at one point, there’s a ring in the backyard and I got word through someone, that oh, this guy is trying to get Izzy in the K, in the ring.” The New Zealander was there just for fun. He wanted no part in the backyard fighting scheme. “And I said nah. I’m here to have fun. I ain’t doing none of that”, he added.

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However, it wasn’t the first time Adesanya avoided a fight with ‘The Problem Child’. The former UFC middleweight champ once gave Paul the credit he deserves and steered away from fighting him.

Adesanya won’t fight Paul

During an episode of ‘Ignore the Noise’, Andrew Schultz asked Adesanya if he would ever fight Jake Paul. While Adesanya is arguably among the best strikers in the world, he pushed away the idea of fighting someone like Paul. The fighter simply reasoned that he didn’t box.

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Furthermore, Adesanya seemed to think pretty highly of the boxer. Jake Paul’s no joke, man”, he reasoned. Recollecting the events from 2020, following Paul’s victory over Robinson via KO, the mixed martial artist said that Paul was indeed serious about boxing. In his tete-a-tete with combat sports, Paul has perhaps earned the respect of Adesanya. Nevertheless, an exhibition fight between the two would be nothing short of exciting, wouldn’t it?

 

The Italian advanced to the semifinals in Rotterdam with a 7-6 (4), 1-1 retirement victory over Milos Raonic.

Jannik Sinner has advanced to the semifinals of Rotterdam after a 7-6 (4), 1-1 retirement victory over an injured Milos Raonic.

And despite the abbreviated finish to the match, it was a milestone victory for Sinner: the 200th tour-level win of his career, making him the first man born in the 2000s to hit that number.

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Jannik Sinner

MOST CAREER WINS, MEN BORN IN 2000s (tour-level):
200: Jannik Sinner, ITA [200-74]
189: Felix Auger-Aliassime, CAN [189-127]
160: Carlos Alcaraz, ESP [160-44]
102: Holger Rune, DEN [102-66]
100: Sebastian Korda, USA [100-65]

Auger-Aliassime and Korda were born in 2000, Sinner was born in 2001 and Alcaraz and Rune were both born in 2003.

And there’s more: the 22-year-old Sinner is also just the seventh Italian man in the Open Era to reach 200 career wins.

MOST CAREER WINS, ITALIAN MEN (tour-level, Open Era):
414: Fabio Fognini [414-375]
395: Adriano Panatta [395-247]
386: Andreas Seppi [386-422]
320: Corrado Barazzutti [320-231]
223: Renzo Furlan [223-239]
219: Andrea Gaudenzi [219-231]
200: Jannik Sinner [200-74]

Sinner will now face Dutch No. 1 Tallon Griekspoor in the semifinals of the ATP 500 event on Saturday.

It was actually shaping up to be a close one between Sinner and Raonic on Friday night—Sinner was originally up an early break in the first set but Raonic broke right back, and even brought up double set point with the Italian serving at 4-5, 15-40.

But Sinner saved them both—including one with a big forehand winner—and eventually snuck out the first set on a tie-break.

After a pair of holds in the second set it was all over though as Raonic, who had called for a medical time-out early in the first set, ended up retiring from the match after 65 minutes.

“For sure one of the toughest opponents to play against,” Sinner said of Raonic in his on-court interview. “This is a very unusual challenge you have on court. He serves incredibly well, and I was up a break first set and I missed a couple of things—from the last two rounds I was struggling to find myself a little bit on the court, and today I actually felt like he was playing better than me in the first set. I just tried to stay there somehow, mentally.

“But at the end of the day this is not how you want to win this match. He’s had so many injuries throughout his career, and hopefully he’s going to have a speedy recovery.”

Awaiting Sinner in the semifinals of the ATP 500 indoor event will be Dutch No. 1 Tallon Griekspoor, a 7-5, 7-6 (4) quarterfinal winner earlier in the day against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.

Sinner has won both previous meetings with Griekspoor, both of those coming last year, a 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory exactly a year ago in the Rotterdam semifinals, and then a 7-6 (3), 6-1 triumph in the Davis Cup quarterfinals at the end of the year.

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There is no denying, when it comes to Coco Gauff‘s skill on the court! Aside from her incredible talent, she is also well-known for her outspokenness on a variety of issues.

The 19-year-old boldly voices her support for causes near and dear to her heart, from social justice to morality, and she gains respect for her dedication to changing the game both on and off the court.

Just like that, a few years ago, there was a time when she stood up and demanded change in black life’s concerns. Recently, an American broadcaster, a popular face of ESPN, shared her take on one of the poignant moments involving tennis while talking about an American tennis sensation’s speech concerning the same topic.

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Gauff is a bright example of how sports can go beyond their confines to inspire change and promote meaningful conversation at a time when players are increasingly using their platform for advocacy. Recently, when the ESPN analyst was asked to talk about the memorable moments that she had covering women’s tennis, she opened up about the time when she went to Gauff’s hometown after she stood up for black lives matter.
She said, “Coco Gauff, I went down after she made the national scene, and going down to her house in Delray, meeting her grandmother, during the unrest that summer after George Floyd, that we heard Coco speak up. And I was just so proud of her. When I met her grandmother I was like, ‘Oh, of course, this is why she did it.’ “
She highlighted how, after hearing the 19-year-old speak up, she was not only impressed with the way she took a stand nationally. But at the same time, she also figures out who motivated her to be when she met her grandmother, in her hometown. It won’t be long to say that the US Open champion has not only impressed people with her tennis skills but also with her stand on various topics.
However, do you know that it was her grandmother who motivated her to be the vocalist that she is today? Back in 2020, after making her point clear, Gauff revealed why she decided to speak up and use the platform that she had.

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After an unarmed George Floyd was killed in jail, it was one of the biggest issues of the time. Back in 2020, it was her even 19-year-old who spoke out for justice, and that was one of the things she had to take forward from her grandmother. In one of the past interviews, she talked about how her grandmother inspired her to be a soloist and use her platform for the best.

She said, “She’s the sole, or one of the main, reasons why I use my platform the way that I do and why I feel so comfortable speaking out. For those who don’t know, She was the first black person to go to what was then called Seacrest High School. That happened, like, six months after Ruby Bridges did her integration.”

Not only that, but she also highlighted how her grandmother always reminded her that she is a person first, then an athlete, and how saying a speech is easier for her than putting out a tweet with less effect.

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Things unraveled quickly for Tiger Woods at the Genesis Invitational.

The first round ended on a disappointing note because of a shank. Whereas, the second round was cut short courtesy of a sudden withdrawal. The former World No. 1 carded 1-over 72 in the first round, and was 1-over par through the seventh hole on Friday.

Whether Woods could’ve made the cut or not remains an open question. The Hall of Famer ranked at the bottom in Greens in Regulation, Strokes Gained, and Driving Accuracy. Nevertheless, as he was finally carted off the course, we look at how it all went down at Riviera.

Tiger Woods Sunday Red Golf

Tiger Woods failed to break par on his first official PGA Tour event since last year’s Masters thanks to a shank on the 18th. Woods’s approach veered right towards the eucalyptus tree lines. Speaking on it later, the 15-time Major Champion said, “My back spasmed on it. It had been spasming over the last three holes and it just locked up on me and didn’t move, didn’t rotate.

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In the same interview, the 48-year-old said that there was still some rust that needed to be dusted off. “I’m going to be rusty and I have to do a better job at home prepping. We need to do a better job with lifting and treating and continuation of rehab protocols, all those things. I just haven’t done it in a while.” The fast greens at Riviera caught him off guard as well.

Woods was seen using a golf cart, something he once dreaded doing. On-ground reports reveal that the veteran golfer had to visit restrooms in between his shots. After Woods was carted off the course to the clubhouse, a paramedic truck and ambulance reached Riviera. The fear was that the 82-time PGA Tour winner might have injured his back again. That, however, proved only to be a precautionary measure from doctors.

When Gary Woodland came for the media interaction, the first question was about his playing mate, Tiger Woods. Woodland spoke candidly, revealing what he saw and felt.  “I saw it, he obviously wasn’t himself, just didn’t look right. Saw that before the round started. It sucks… He definitely was trying to fight through it and I hope he’s all right,” said the 39-year-old in the media interaction after the second round.

Rob McNamara, a long-time friend of Tiger Woods and the executive VP of TGR, cleared the air. McNamara clarified that Woods didn’t suffer any back injury. Rather, he was down with a fever since last night. Friday morning looked better, but “then when he got out there and was walking and playing, he started feeling dizzy.” He was given IV but was not in a position to continue for the rest of the round.

There hasn’t been any official statement from the veteran golfer. Tiger Woods said in December that he would tee off once a year going forward. Now that his first event went awry, it remains to be seen if there is a change of plan.

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Ben Whittaker, boxing’s rising star, is gearing up for another electrifying bout. Recently, whispers of his next fight emerged.

Last seen dazzling against Khalid Graidia, Whittaker’s style stole the show. Known for blending showmanship with skill, he’s not your typical fighter. Picture a professional boxer dancing, almost mocking his opponent.

In his last clash, taunts and jabs flew, mesmerizing fans and frustrating foes. Professional boxers like Shakur Stevenson and Claressa Shields were in admiration of his style, and now that he is gearing up for another fight, they for sure will be watching. But who is he fighting next?

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Michael Benson recently set the boxing community abuzz with a tweet: “🥊 Announced: Ben Whittaker’s next fight will take place on the Fabio Wardley vs Frazer Clarke undercard, March 31st at the O2 Arena. Opponent TBC.” This pivotal update confirms Whittaker’s return to the ring, promising another showcase of his unique talents. Accordingly, on March 31st, the O2 Arena will host this highly anticipated event, featuring Whittaker in a supporting role to the headline bout between Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke.

Whittaker’s opponent remains to be confirmed, adding an element of suspense. Nevertheless, his flawless record of 6-0, with five knockouts, speaks volumes. Furthermore, this fight marks a significant step in Whittaker’s 2024 campaign to elevate his profile and demonstrate his prowess. Transitioning seamlessly from his last victory, the Olympic silver medalist aims to captivate the audience once more, blending his signature showboating with formidable boxing skills.

As his 360-degree spin went viral, he came on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and talked about becoming an overnight sensation.

Whittaker’s unexpected fame

The aftermath of Ben Whittaker’s recent victory has catapulted him into an unexpected whirlwind of fame. Whittaker shared his astonishment at the sudden surge in attention. “It’s been crazy, if I’m honest,” he confessed. Icons like Shaquille O’Neal and Odell Beckham Jr. have not only messaged him but also followed and extended personal contacts.

Despite the star-studded recognition, Whittaker remains grounded, emphasizing, “I don’t do it for the views, I don’t do it for the likes. It’s my style.” This newfound popularity, marked by a significant increase in social media followers, underscores a pivotal moment in Whittaker’s career, although he humorously notes, “all publicity is good publicity, I suppose,” maintaining his focus on the sport rather than the spotlight.

As Whittaker prepares for his next bout on March 31st at the O2 Arena, the anticipation and expectations are higher than ever. How will Whittaker’s growing fame impact his future performances and persona in the boxing world?

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As Claressa Shields gears up for her upcoming MMA match againstKelsey DeSantis on February 24th, the 28-year-old athlete bares the challenges she faced in the past year, including a battle with depression.

The two-time undisputed boxer, who signed with the PFL in August, candidly shared a revealing photo from December 2023, showcasing the toll her mental health took on her physique.

In her own words, Shields admitted, “Y’all I had let myself go for months. Not eating healthy, fighting depression, hormonal issues, not drinking my water & not working out.” Despite this tough period, she emphasized her resilience and the transformation she underwent. Shields attributed her drastic change to faith, expressing gratitude, and trying to inspire her fans by overcoming adversity. However, when one fan questioned God’s hand in her transformation. Shields made sure to let them know.

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In reaction to Claressa Shields’s gratitude-filled message, one fan remarked, “But with god…and a load of money and time, nutritionists, meal plans, and a huge team behind you! No?” The fan claimed that it was only because of the financial support she had that she could afford the other things and not God.

She candidly shared her own struggles, recounting moments when she couldn’t muster the strength to get out of bed or perform basic tasks like answering phone calls or taking a shower. Claressa Shields responded to the fan with empathy, emphasizing, “Depression does not care about the amount of money, success, meal plans, or a team.” Her openness shed light on the universal nature of mental health challenges, transcending external circumstances.

Moreover, she pointed out how she took the steps to improve herself. She stated, “I’d drag myself to church & just sit there and cry! No shame! But in my darkness, I got closer to God! He pulled me out!”

She credited God for helping her get back on her feet, acknowledging the role of faith in restoring her strength. Bolstered by this unwavering belief, she stands poised to secure yet another MMA victory.

In her return to the MMA scene, Claressa Shields faces off against Kelsey DeSantis, aiming to showcase her fighting prowess and add another victory to her 1-1 record. Transitioning from boxing to mixed martial arts, Shields harbors dreams of contending for an MMA world title.

Expressing her confidence, Shields stated, “I believe in a year or two I will be fighting for a world title.” Her primary goal is to demonstrate that boxers can excel in MMA and she is aspiring to become a PFL world champion. As we witness Shields’ remarkable evolution, it raises questions about the broader topic of combat sports athletes addressing mental health issues publicly.

What are your thoughts on Claressa Shields’ transformation and the openness of athletes talking about mental health? Share your perspective in the comments section below.

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Within the realm of gymnastics, most of us are notably aware of Jordan Chiles’ fervent passion to hype her friends, especially Simone Biles.

Keen on uplifting their spirits during performances, the 22-year-old has lived up to her tag of being the “hype woman.” Especially the moments of shared bonding between the dynamic duo “Biles and Chiles,” exemplify her supportive energy. Who can forget the occasion of the Tokyo Olympics when Simone Biles pulled out of the team final?

It was Jordan Chiles who stood up for Biles and led the team to silver. Jordan Chiles has never faltered to boost up Biles with her contagious energy. Recently, she took to share a throwback into the historic moment with Biles.

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Resharing the story by GK Elite, Jordan Chiles took to her Instagram handle to once again reminisce the moment from the 2023 Xfinity US Gymnastics National Championship. GK Elite captioned it, “Throwback to an incredible moment in history with two of the strongest women @jordanchiles @simonebiles.”

The story originally is a part of the series posted by the IG handle @togethxr, which is an influential brand in women’s sports. It celebrated the tagline, “black is gold,” with iconic moments that glimpse into the black women in the gymnastics realm. The caption reads, “Beaming with pride.”

The kindred spirit between Chiles and Biles, at the 2023 Xfinity US Gymnastics National Championship is entrenched in history. While Simone Biles’ had given remarkable performances, there was a fair share of heartbreak as her best friend, Jordan Chiles, faced a fall from the uneven bars. However, despite that, Chiles continued her routine earning her spot in the Senior U.S. Women’s National Team.

Even during the event, Chiles continued to hype up Simone Biles. “She’s 26 years old and she’s doing big gymnastics,” she took to remark during the event for Biles. Interestingly, Chiles is well aware of her standing and enjoys being a hype woman, “I love being the hype woman. Sometimes you know they think I get on their nerves all the time, but it is what it is,” she adds. However, recent times are not very hyped up for Chiles.

Jordan Chiles backs out from Winter Cup post-Biles exit

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After Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles have withdrawn from the 2024 Winter Cup. She has cited injuries as the reason for her exit. Due to her shoulder issues, Chiles expressed frustration, however planning to return to the gymnastics domain stronger. A few days back, she took to her Instagram to let it know.

Chiles took to remark, “Hey guys! I tweaked my shoulder, which has prevented me from training at the level I am comfortable with leading up to a competition.” Simone Biles’ unparalleled talent is also missing from the Winter Cup. The gymnastics community remains hopeful that will get to see these two iconic legends perform again soon.

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Forget the suit and tie, Keyshawn ‘The Businessman’ Davis brought the hammer to Vegas. He dominated the former champ Jose Pedraza in a 6th-round TKO masterclass. Footwork sharper than a tailor’s blade, jabs quicker than a stock market tick, and punches heavier than a CEO’s bonus – Davis ran the show.

He’s now left Pedraza looking like yesterday’s news. Now Davis is ready to move on to the bigger things because right after the fight, he decided to call out Teofimo Lopez. This could turn out to be a big leap for Davis, and he stated that Lopez just needs to send him a contract and the rest will be done by his team.

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Rising star Keyshawn Davis isn’t waiting for his turn. The Olympic silver medalist threw a wrench in the lightweight division by calling out unified champion Teofimo Lopez. Davis believes he can not only match the reigning king but outright dethrone him. This bold claim has sent shockwaves through the boxing world. Furthermore, he’s even addressed this fight in an interview with Fight Hub TV.

Davis stated, “All Teofimo got to do is send a contract, that’s all he got to do. We got the same promoter, we seen each other in the Top Rank office, we can go back to the office, sit down as men and we can make the fight happen. All he got to do is send me the contract and the fight will be happening.” So, he can see himself triumphing against Lopez, and it’s about time that Keyshawn Davis tries out for a title shot.

Well, his callout has reached the doorstep of his rival, and Teofimo Lopez has reacted to Davis’s challenge. He called it a technique to gain attention and nothing else.

After Davis’s post-fight demand for a title shot ignited tension, Lopez dismissed Davis as unworthy. Will Lopez underestimate the young gun? Well, as of now, that’s what it seems since Lopez doesn’t think Keyshawn Davis would be a great fit to be his next opponent. Furthermore, he believes that it’s still too early for Davis to receive a grand stage, and he doesn’t think Davis is at that level yet.

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Speaking with Punch Drunk Boxing Podcast, Lopez stated, “This kid Keyshawn Davis they talkin’ about, he just wants an easy route to be famous. So big-headed. Completely big-headed. Hasn’t done anything in the sport of boxing. Doesn’t even have a world title. Those little belts that he has. I got that the first year I turned pro.” Furthermore, he continued, “S**t that was in three years, three years and some change, I became a world champion at 22 years young.”

So, it turns out Lopez and Davis wouldn’t be getting inside the ring anytime soon, however, the Businessman still hasn’t lost hope regarding the prospect of this bout.

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Gervonta Davis is finally free of the constant surveillance by the state.

Following his victory over Leo Santa Cruz on October 31, 2020, the boxer was involved in an incident on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in the early morning hours.

Davis, who was driving, was involved in a crash and subsequently charged with 14 counts, including leaving the scene of an accident and bodily injury. He left the scene with the assistance of a friend. Despite the incident, Davis was cleared to fight Garcia, avoiding jail time but facing a 90-day home confinement. In an Instagram story, Davis has shared an update on it.

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The story that Michael Benson shared on X had a picture of Davis’s feet. He wore white socks paired with black shoes. But this is not what he wanted to show his fans. What he was flaunting was actually the absence of the ankle monitor. Last year, in July, the boxer had to keep appearing in courtrooms to address his alleged role in the hit-and-run incident from November 2020.

In March 2021, he faced charges for 14 traffic violations and pleaded guilty to four counts in February of the following year. As a result, he was sentenced to 90 days of home detention, three years of probation, and 200 hours of community service. Now, with his legal troubles becoming a thing of the past, Davis can now fully concentrate on boxing.

News regarding Gervonta Davis’s upcoming fight is expected to surface in the coming months. Davis solidified his status as one of boxing’s prominent figures by defeating previously unbeaten Ryan Garcia in April last year. With his rivalry with Garcia now in the past, the Baltimore native is poised for another significant bout this year. Potential opponents such as Vasiliy Lomachenko, George Kambosos Jr., and William Zepeda are being considered.

Lomachenko, an Olympic gold medalist, recently had a close fight with Devin Haney, making him an enticing opponent despite his prior commitment. Kambosos, although perceived as a step-down, remains a formidable figure in the division. Meanwhile, Zepeda, an undefeated rising star, presents an intriguing challenge for Davis if he’s willing to embrace the risk involved.

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