Prosecutors in Florida dropped the domestic violence case against Baltimore boxing champion Gervonta Davis on Monday.
The woman who accused Davis, 28, of assaulting her at his home in Parkland, Florida, did not want to proceed with the case, a spokesperson with the Broward County State’s Attorney’s Office said.
“The prosecution, victim and defense agreed that the defendant had to complete an anger management course and parenting class,” the prosecutor’s spokesperson, Aaron Savitski, said in an email. “After the prosecutor received certificates of completion of both courses, she again consulted with the victim who was satisfied with this outcome and said she wanted the case to be dropped.”
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Davis on Dec. 27 and filed a single domestic violence charge of battery causing bodily harm — a misdemeanor. He was released on $1,000 bond the day after his arrest.
Days later, the woman said Davis never harmed her or her daughter. Describing her relationship with Davis as fragile, the woman said they were both responsible for the argument that eventually spawned a criminal charge against him.
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When the woman called 911 the day of the argument, she told the operator Davis was trying to kill her. The responding sheriff’s deputy wrote in charging documents that Davis struck the woman with a “closed hand type slap,” causing a “small abrasion” to the inside of her lip.
In the statement issued through her lawyer following Davis’ arrest, the woman said she and Davis had gotten counseling to enable them to “succeed within our co-parenting dynamic.”
Davis had pleaded not guilty in the case. His attorney in Florida declined to comment.
The dropped charge comes as Davis continues to serve house arrest in Baltimore for his conviction stemming from a November 2020 hit-and-run that left four people injured.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Althea Handy earlier this month sentenced Davis, who lives in Florida, to 90 days’ house arrest in Maryland plus 200 hours of community service and three years of probation after house arrest. He is serving the sentence at the home of his coach. Davis also was ordered to pay a $100 fine and attend sessions organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Despite the legal troubles, Davis’ boxing career soared to new heights with a knockout win over undefeated Ryan Garcia in April.
His defense attorney in Maryland called Davis “the face of Baltimore” at his hit-and-run sentencing hearing, saying the champion boxer inspired children in the city.