With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic for July, the next logical question for a couple of prominent men’s amateur boxers is when will they turn pro? And, might that be later this summer, instead of waiting for whenever the Olympics can happen? Arguably, the most prominent U.S. fighter is Norfolk, Virginia native, Keyshawn Davis. And, the 21-year-old amateur star in the 138 lb. division put on social media Tuesday that he’s looking to get paid to fight.
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Further, Davis (above), a former national Golden Gloves champ (2017) who was second at last year’s World Championships and Pan American games, talked to ESPN.com boxing insider, Steve Kim. And, he elaborated on his social media post about the intrigue and possible timeline for turning pro.
I’m not going to even lie; I was thinking about the Olympic since I was 7 years old before I even started boxing. I didn’t even know what I wanted to be in the Olympic for, I just wanted to do it. I honestly thought I would be in the Olympic for the track.
There’s a lot of people saying that I already fight with no headgear, why waste another year fighting with no headgear in the amateurs, risking getting cut and stuff like that? I already have big options of going pro and being more well off than I am now.
There’s no rush to make that decision as all professional sports worldwide have ground to a halt for at least the foreseeable near future. Further, Davis’s marketability would go up, if he could win a Gold Medal in the delayed Tokyo Olympic.
This is something that helped former recent fighters’ careers like Andre Ward, who won Gold in the 2004 Athens Games. And, the most prominent case is going all the way back to Oscar De La Hoya winning Gold in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games that launched his early pro career and huge money for fights early. Back to Davis, he’s arguably the most decorated fighter on the Team USA Squad that had to cancel their Olympic qualifying tournament for Argentina that was scheduled.
However, there are at least two other prominent names to also keep an eye on as to whether they will stay as amateurs or because of the limbo of Tokyo Olympic, go ahead and potentially turn pro like Davis? The world caught up to the United States in amateur boxing and medals have been hard to come by. The last male to win an Olympic medal was Deontay Wilder taking Bronze in the 2008 Beijing Fames.
They are 20-year-old Super Heavyweight Richard Torrez of Tulare, CA, who is a former National Golden Gloves champ and was third in the Pan Am Games last year. Plus, there’s 21-year-old Welterweight Delante “Tiger” Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio, who a former National Junior Olympic champ and was also third in the Pan Am Games last year.
USA Boxing has been prominent going back to Muhammad Ali has won a Gold medal in 1960 and coming forward to the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games that had the likes of Mark Breland, Mildred Taylor, Henry Tillman and Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker all winning gold that year.