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After a rocky eight months, Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis fights to get back on track

After a rocky eight months, Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis fights to get back on track

In one version of this story, Gervonta Davis is boxing’s next phenomenon — unbeaten, gifted with power that cannot be taught and fighting for his second world title at the tender age of 23.

“It’s no secret. I’ve been very vocal about it. Gervonta, in a few years, will be hands down the biggest star in the sport,” said Leonard Ellerbe, right-hand man to boxing’s most recent pre-eminent star and Davis’ promoter, Floyd Mayweather.

But there’s a parallel narrative, one in which the Baltimore-raised Davis lost his previous world championship because he failed to make the 130-pound weight limit, then earned boos with a desultory performance in front of the second-largest...

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