Lightweight champion Gervonta Davis appeared to be captured on video grabbing a woman by the throat and pulling her out of a basketball game on Saturday.
According to TMZ, the event was a charity basketball game in Miami and the incident occurred after a heated argument between the two.
Davis acknowledged the incident on his Instagram story, saying the woman is the mother of his child. He maintained he never hit her and would never hurt her, but admitted to being “aggressive.”
Gervonta Davis rolled up ready to straight choke slam shorty pic.twitter.com/NLYHwzYI0i— 🇩🇴RIP Kobe Bryant🇨🇻🇬🇼🅙 (@mr_Iuares) February 1, 2020
“I never once hit her..yea I was aggressive and told her come on (sic)”, Davis wrote.
“That’s the mother of my child I would never hurt her.”
The 25-year-old Davis is currently 23-0 and currently owns the WBA (regular) lightweight title after previously competing at super featherweight. He is promoted by Floyd Mayweather, who has called him a potential successor and a future household name.
The Baltimore native has previously faced assault charges that were later dropped after reportedly punching a childhood friend in the head in 2017 and another fight with a man at a Virginia mall, as well as disorderly conduct for a reported street fight in 2018.
I don’t know what @Gervontaa was thinking and don’t care. It’s despicable, period. But it also makes me wonder who’s “managing” Fighters like him, AB, etc. isn’t it the job of a manager to reel the fighter in and mentor them on how to behave? SMH— Chris Santos (@SantosCooks) February 2, 2020
UFC fighter in coronavirus controversy
UFC women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili has blasted rival Joanna Jedrzejczyk after she made light of the coronavirus outbreak.
Polish fighter Jedrzejczyk posted a photo on Instagram promoting her upcoming fight with Zhang, however she made some alterations.
Jedrzejczyk photoshopped a gas mask onto her face in the pic that shows her standing next to her Chinese opponent.
“To make fun of tragedy is a true sign of one’s character," Weili wrote on Instagram.
"People are dying, someone’s father, someone’s mother, someone’s child.
“Say what you want about me if it makes you feel stronger but do not joke about what's happening here.
“I wish you good health until March 7th. I will see you soon."
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