U.S.’ prime Olympic-level boxer disqualified from Tokyo consideration

Keyshawn Davis, lately the U.S.’ prime newbie male boxer, won’t compete on the Tokyo Video games.

Davis was faraway from USA Boxing’s staff for Olympic qualifying after violating athlete choice procedures, which disqualified him from Olympic participation, in line with USA Boxing on Monday.

Davis, who now has a deal for his skilled debut, in line with a Wednesday report by The Athletic, didn’t reply to a message looking for remark.

USA Boxing didn’t element the character of the violation.

“Crew USA molded me to struggle higher, stronger, quicker and smarter than earlier than,” Davis mentioned in a video revealed on his social media on Wednesday. “Now it’s time to flip that subsequent chapter.”

Davis is believed to be the primary medal-contending U.S. athlete throughout all sports activities who would have seemingly made a 2020 Olympic staff to be dominated out of the Tokyo Video games in 2021 (Basketball participant Klay Thompson is probably going out, too, after an Achilles tear.).

Final spring, Davis mentioned he weighed turning skilled — and giving up his Olympic ambitions — following the Tokyo Olympic postponement to 2021. He in the end declined provides and remained within the USA Boxing Olympic pool on the time.

Trying on the larger image, I felt it was a greater choice for me,” Davis, a world championships silver medalist within the light-weight division, mentioned in April. “I get an opportunity to develop myself much more, gaining a much bigger platform going into the Olympics. I’ll be simply that larger of a fighter. Popping out [going pro in 2021], I must be a much bigger star than I used to be going to be [in 2020].”

Davis, 21, is the center brother in a set of fighters (older Kelvin and youthful Keon). His silver at 2019 Worlds matched one of the best Olympic or world end for a U.S. male boxer since 2007. Andre Ward was the final U.S. man to win an Olympic boxing title in 2004.

Whereas boxing opened a qualification path for professionals for the Rio Olympic cycle, the world’s prime fighters didn’t cross over.

One in every of Davis’ position fashions is 2016 Olympic bantamweight silver medalist Shakur Stevenson. They’ve identified one another since their early teenagers. Stevenson introduced Davis to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Coaching Middle in Colorado Springs as a sparring companion earlier than the Rio Video games.

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