At 29-0 in his professional career, light champ Gervonta “Tank” Davis is without a doubt one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet.
The 28-year-old is coming off perhaps his impressive win yet, a seventh-round knockout of fellow star Ryan Garcia on April 22.
Both fighters entered the bout undefeated. But it was Davis who left the fight with his perfect mark still in tact.
That should be reason to celebrate. Instead, Davis will spend the next two months in prison.
Davis was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest on May 5 stemming from 2020 hit-and-run that injured four, including a pregnant woman.
He did not have a license at the time of the crash and had a prior record of driving-related charges. The judge also noted at the time that Davis did apologize to the victims.
But rather than serve the sentence at home, the judge allowed Davis to serve the sentence at the home of longtime boxing trainer, Calvin Ford.
You’d think Davis would take that compromise and be happy with it.
However, that’s not what happened.
Instead, Davis opted to spend time living at a Four Seasons hotel before buying a $3.4 million high-rise penthouse and moving into it.
He did not, however, ask the judge whether he was allowed to do this.
The judge then ordered him to immediately be taken into custody.
Davis’ attorney, Michael Tomko, tried to take the blame according to the Baltimore Banner.
“Blame me. Because he didn’t do anything wrong,” Tomko said. “He did what I asked him to do…I don’t think that Mr. Davis did anything wrong except listen to his lawyer.”
But judge Althea M. Handy was not having it. Handy revoked the house arrest and ordered him to immediately begin serving the “remaining balance of his sentence.”
This seems easily avoidable. Davis or his representation could have easily communicated with the judge prior to the move.
Instead, they skipped a step. And now he’s in jail.