‘I just wanted to clear my name’: Gervonta Davis wasn’t concerned his fight with Hector Luis would be off following arrest – as he gets set to return to the ring after accuser retracted domestic violence claims
Gervonta Davis revealed he remained calm regarding the future of Saturday night’s lightweight title fight vs. Hector Luis Garcia after being arrested and charged with domestic violence.
While certainly an unpleasant experience, Davis remained focused on clearing his name before placing his energy into preparation for the anticipated fight.
‘I wasn’t worried,’ Davis told reporters at Thursday’s press conference. ‘I just wanted to clear my name. That’s it. That’s it.’
A woman identifying herself as the mother of boxer Gervonta Davis’ child retracted domestic violence allegations against him following a recent 911 call she made prior to his arrest on December 27. He still faces a misdemeanor domestic violence charge of battery causing bodily harm.
Gervonta Davis has had to weather a legal and media storm ahead of Saturday night’s fight
‘I feel as though it’s all a learning experience,’ Davis said, via BoxingScene. ‘You know what I mean? I’m only human. I’m not perfect. You know what I mean? The allegations was false.
‘So, I feel as though we just keep focusing on the main course and that’s Hector. And then, once we get Hector, it’s definitely Ryan Garcia.’
Vanessa Posso released a statement on Instagram December 30, insisting that Davis ‘did not harm me our or our daughter.’
A recording of the alleged victim’s 911 call was released by TMZ: ‘He’s going to kill me!… I need help, please! I’m trying to go home. I have my baby in the car, and he attacked me in front of the kid. And, now he’s messing up my tires!’
Hector Luis Garcia stands between a big-name fight between Davis and Ryan Garcia (23-0)
Posso now says Davis is not guilty of domestic violence.
‘These past days have been hurtful, and extremely exhausting for all parties involved,’ she wrote. ‘I pride myself on being extremely private; this situation was the last thing I wanted to be made public.
‘The state of our relationship has been in a fragile space and Gervonta and I were both at fault for the argument,’ she continued. ‘While the emotions were running high I made an unnecessary call to law enforcement at an intense moment while I was frantic. Gervonta did not harm me our or our daughter.
Vanessa Posso has a young daughter with Gervonta Davis, but they are no longer together
‘Today, we have sought the help necessary to move forward with our lives. I am confident that we will succeed within our co-parenting dynamic with the counselling provided to us.’
One of the biggest stars in boxing, Davis will defend his WBA (regular) lightweight title against Hector Garcia Saturday, in what is considered a tune-up bout ahead of a mouthwatering clash with long-time rival Ryan Garcia (23-0) in April.
Both fights were at risk after the undefeated 28-year-old was arrested in Fort Lauderdale but Davis confirmed Friday next weekend’s fight is on.