Baltimore boxing star Gervonta Davis arrested after fight outside D.C. bar

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Two-time super featherweight world champion boxer and Sandtown-Winchester native Gervonta “Tank” Davis was arrested early this morning after a fight outside a bar in downtown Washington D.C.

Davis and another man, Ricardo Jose Rodriguez, were seen arguing in the 1700 block of M Street NW, according to an arrest report provided by the Metropolitan Police Department. “The argument escalated when both subjects began fighting mutually by punching each other with a closed fist about the upper body,” the report says.

After others tried to break up the fight and one of the men chased the other, police stopped the pair and arrested both of them, charging them with disorderly conduct.

According to TMZ, which first reported the news citing MPD and an unnamed source, it began with a dispute over a $10,000 bill at the upscale nightclub Rosebar Lounge. The outlet posted a video showing police walking a handcuffed Davis across the street and detaining him outside a squad car.

The 23-year-old boxer, who trains at the Upton Boxing Center and boasts a 20-0 professional record with 19 KO’s, tweeted this morning that he’s OK, and warned his fans not to “judge him off of the media.”

Davis was charged with second-degree assault last year after an altercation with his childhood friend, but the state dropped its charges at his friend’s behest. Both men shook hands while leaving court.

Davis, ranked the second best super featherweight fighter in the world, was stripped of his World Boxing Association title in 2017 after failing to make weight before his fight on the undercard of Mayweather-McGregor—a fight he went on to win—but reclaimed it this past April with third-round knockout win. He’s signed with boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather’s eponymous Mayweather Promotions.

He doesn’t have a bout scheduled in the few months left in 2018, though he tweeted on Wednesday that he expects to fight this year.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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