Fighter of the Week: Kelvin Davis

From the Figueroa brothers to Josh and Bam, to the Charlo bros brothers have been making a huge impact on the sport of boxing over the last decade. We may have our next pair of world champion brothers. Norfolk, Virginia native Keyshawn Davis and older brother Kelvin Davis seem to be on that path. Keyshawn emerged on the scene as one of the best US amateurs in many years and may have been the second-best fighter in the Tokyo Olympics who just happened to run into Cuban Andy Cruz in the Gold Media round of the games. His brother has taken a bit of a different path. However, his last win Saturday night at the Hard Rock in Tulsa, Oklahoma, certainly turned some heads. The older Davis brother scored a sensational six-round UD overS Sebastian Gabriel Chaves to move his record to 6-0 (4) and take home our Fighter of the Week Award.

The long, rangy, 6’1 southpaw from Norfolk, Virginia, was in control of his six-round affair. Chavez tried to pressure and make Davis uncomfortable in the opening three minutes. However, Davis was largely able to keep his man at range and score from long distance. He seized control of the bout in the second stanza. Scoring with a perfect two-piece that put Chaves flat on his back with around 30 seconds remaining in the round. He remained in control and dropped Chaves again in the fourth! This time with a looping left hand that scored and dropped his overmatched opponent with just over a minute to go in the fourth. The rest of the fight was academic as the undefeated southpaw outclassed his man over the final six minutes and picked up a UD by scores of 60-52 x3.

There is a litany of young and emerging 140-pound prospects all over the world. Names Like Dalton Smith, Brandun Lee, Omar Juarez, Gary Antuanne Russell, and Alberto Puello certainly seem to be here to stay. Additionally, Teofimo Lopez is now in the division and Ryan Garcia most recently campaigned there as well. All on top of the high-level veterans who call the division home. However, Davis showed that he belonged. That he isn’t implying an add-on piece that comes with signing his younger brother. He can stand on his own and contend for a world title on his own. A step-up fight before the end of the year should not be out of the question. Names like Jovanie Santiago, Dakota Linger, or William Silva should not be out of the question and are fights that the Norfolk native is certainly.


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