Gervonta Davis, the WBA lightweight champion, has taken many by surprise by announcing his conversion to Islam.
The revelation was made through a video posted by fellow boxer Badou Jack on X, gaining attention on December 24
The post received a warm response from the Islamic community, with congratulatory messages and welcoming remarks.
“Alhamdulillah,” a social media user wrote. “Welcome to the Ummah brother. We ask Allah to keep you steadfast on the siratul mustaqeem.”
Another added: “May Allah protect him from evil and guide him towards the best this life and the hereafter has to offer him. Ameen.”
However, there was also a subset of individuals who criticized Davis for his decision, citing concerns about his personality and questioning the sincerity of his conversion.
Yet to become unified champion
Boasting an undefeated record of 29-0, Davis is a highly popular boxer. Despite his success, he is yet to win an undisputed lightweight title or become a unified champion.
With Devin Haney leaving the division in 2023, opportunities have opened up for Davis to pursue these achievements. His last fight was in April, where he secured a TKO victory over Ryan Garcia.
While his future opponents remain uncertain, there are rumors of a rematch with Garcia or potential bouts against Haney or Shakur Stevenson. As the newly promoted WBA lightweight champion, Davis is expected to defend his title in 2024.