Boxing Must Take a Stand After Gervonta Davis Arrest

Editors’ note: This story contains accounts of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a survivor of domestic abuse, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or at

When a boxer puts his hands on men, we cheer.

When he puts his hands on women, we do nothing.

The latest example of boxing’s ugly indifference is a repeat offender. Gervonta Davis was arrested in Parkland, Florida on Tuesday. He was charged with one count of battery to cause bodily harm, a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Florida. According to the incident report, Davis did “intentionally touch and strike” the victim, a woman, and did “intentionally cause bodily harm.” Davis, according to the report, struck the victim on the right side of her head with a “closed hand type slap” that caused a “small abrasion to the inside of her upper lip on the right side of her mouth.” In a 911 call obtained by TMZ, the woman told the operator, “He’s going to kill me.”

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