Davis Honored By The Mayor Of Baltimore
As part of his homecoming fight and celebration, WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis was granted the honor of Baltimore’s Key To The City on Wednesday.
The presentation at Baltimore’s City Hall saw Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young give the 24- year-old fighter the award and a proclamation as he becomes the first Baltimore born world champion to defend their title in Charm City in nearly 80-years.
“Thank you all for coming out, I appreciate it. I am very excited to be coming back home to Baltimore to fight in a big event, Davis said of his title defense against Ricardo Nunez on July 27th. “We’re a couple of
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days away, I am ready. It is a huge honor to be fighting in front of my home fans. I have been working extremely hard to put on a great show. I appreciate you all for coming out, thank you.
“Boxing is a very important aspect of my life. I know a few people that used to box that I came up under that got killed due to the violence in this city. I thank God for allowing me to stay in the gym and for allowing me to remain focused on my goal to become a professional boxer. Bringing boxing to Baltimore will help bring a lot of inspiration to the city, especially to the young kids out there on the streets that may not have any other way out.”
” I never thought I would get the key to a great city like Baltimore.,” Davis said standing next to the Mayor. Growing up in the way that I did, I would never have imagined being here right now on this stage getting the key to the city. It is a great honor and I am very proud to be a part of this city’s great history. I am thankful for this opportunity and will make the most out of it.
“I remember coming in the gym as a kid and my coach would tell the older fighters to get out of the street. He would tell them to stop having one foot in and one foot out of the gym. I would then see six months to a year later that those guys were killed.
“Boxing saved my life and a lot of other kids lives. For the most part, we are still here doing it. We have a lot of young guys coming behind us and we are making the best of it.”
“I am a big fan of the sport,” Mayor Young said in his remarks. “This is huge for the city of Baltimore as a world class tourist destination and for the generation of residents, this is a great experience to witness something great in their very own hometown.
“I want to thank ‘Tank’, Leonard Ellerbe, their team and Mayweather Productions for making this dream a reality. ‘Tank’ Davis, the two-time super featherweight world champion will defend his WBA 130-pound title right here in Baltimore. Tank will become the first world champion from Baltimore to make a homecoming defense in nearly eighty years, and that’s huge.”