World champion boxer Gervonta Davis has been arrested and charged by police after video allegedly showed him grabbing his former girlfriend by the throat at a charity basketball game.
Police in Florida said the WBA (regular) lightweight champion had been charged with simple battery/domestic violence.
Footage posted on social media allegedly showed the 25-year-old grabbing the woman by the throat in front of a crowd of people and dragging her away from her courtside seat.
Coral Gables Police Department said it had been contacted by the alleged victim – who has a child with Davis – and the boxer has been transported to jail for processing after handing himself in to detectives.
According to reports, Davis posted a now-deleted message on Instagram after footage of the alleged attack was shared on social media over the weekend.
“I never once hit her.. yeah I was aggressive and told her come on,” he is said to have written.
“That’s the mother of my child, I would never hurt her.”
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The alleged attack happened at the 8,000-seater Watsco Centre, which was hosting an event called the EeeZeeStevie all-star celebrity basketball game on Saturday.
Davis is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA (regular) lightweight title since 2019.
He previously held the IBF super featherweight title in 2017, and the WBA super featherweight title from 2018 to 2019.
Davis’ record stands at 23-0 and he is promoted by boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr.