A 22-year-old American Olympic boxing hope is vowing to bring home the gold, emulating Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali

Keyshawn Davis has boxed three times as a pro, and will fight for Team USA at the Olympic Games.
Keyshawn Davis. Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images
  • Young American boxer Keyshawn Davis is already vowing to win Olympic gold for Team USA.
  • Davis has fought three times as a pro and even competed on Saul Alvarez’s undercards.
  • Prior to turning pro he was a top amateur and remains America’s best boxing hope in Tokyo.
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22-year-old American Olympic boxing hope Keyshawn Davis is already vowing to bring the gold medal back to the USA a month ahead of the games.

The COVID-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics take place in Tokyo, running from July 23 until August 8, with international fans banned, and only small numbers of Japanese fans likely allowed to attend.

Davis kept busy during the pandemic-enforced delay to the Games, turning professional and fighting in some of the world’s most unique venues. In three pro fights, Davis has fought at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Caesars Palace Bluewaters in Dubai, and the AT&T Stadium in Texas.

He has twice fought on the same card as Canelo Alvarez, the pound-for-pound number one boxer on earth right now.

Davis will pause his pro career this summer as he competes in the Olympics. Before the Games were postponed last year, he was regarded as one of America’s brightest medal hopes, and that remains the case now.

Davis is also not shy of confidence. “I’m going to win this for the whole of America, I know that the entire nation is behind me,” he told Sky Sports recently.

“I’m positive I will win gold, it’s as simple as that. It will make the American people happy … it will be pretty special.”

Should Davis triumph in the lightweight bracket, he will join a number of other prominent gold medal winners from America, including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Claressa Shields.

But as a Virginia native, it is Pernell Whitaker – known for his defensive wizardry and success at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles – that Davis most wants to emulate.

“Pernell was actually from the same city as me, Norfolk. He was a fighter that achieved greatness. Four-weight world champion, Olympic gold,” he said.

Davis continued: “I want to achieve everything he did inside the ring but also be a great mentor and role model away from it.”