Davis Stands Trial For Assault On Nov. 29th

Former IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis is going to stand trial on a misdemeanor second-degree assault charge next month, in his hometown of Baltimore.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Davis appeared for a hearing this morning Baltimore District Court and received the trial date of November 29th.

The state dropped a felony first-degree assault charge. The second-degree assault charge carries a maximum potential sentence of 10 years and/or a $2,500 fine.

Davis is facing charges in connection with an incident on August 1st in which childhood friend, Anthony Wheeler, claims Davis punched him in the side of the head with a gloved fist.

In the criminal complaint, Wheeler claims that he was minding his own business at the Upton Boxing Center in West Baltimore, when a fight broke out between Davis and his brother. Wheeler has alleged that after the boxer’s bodyguard broke up the altercation, Davis came around and “sucker punched me very violently.”

Wheeler claimed that he was knocked out by the punch and diagnosed with a concussion at St. Agnes Hospital. Wheeler pressed charges with the District Court Commissioner two days later on August 3, and a warrant for Davis’ arrest was served in mid-September. As previously reported, the boxer was released after posting a $100,000 unsecured property bond.

This has been a year of extreme highs and lows for Davis. In January, he captured the International Boxing Federation lightweight title by knocking out Jose Pedraza in the seventh round. Then in May, Davis successfully defended his title with a third-round knockout of Liam Walsh in London.

He saw action back in August, as part of the huge Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard in Las Vegas. He failed to make weight for the fight, which caused him to be stripped of his IBF title in the process. He secured a stoppage victory over Francisco Fonseca, but the ending was controversial because Fronseca suffered a hit to the back of the head unintentionally. Davis was likely on his way to a stoppage win.

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