Lightweight boxer Gervonta Davis, who was arrested Dec. 27 on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge of battery causing bodily harm, is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 23 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to Broward County court records.
Davis, 28, pled not guilty. He allegedly hit the mother of his 1-year-old daughter with a “closed-hand type slap,” according to police, who said she suffered a small abrasion on the inside of her upper lip.
The woman later said Davis “did not harm me or our daughter” and that she “made an unnecessary call to law enforcement in an intense moment while I was frantic.”
In a Jan. 20 court filing, the prosecutor charged that Davis committed battery “and did so in the presence of a child under 16 years of age.” The woman asked the court to dismiss charges in an affidavit filed Jan. 24.
“I do not wish to testify in this case,” she wrote in the letter where she identified Davis as her boyfriend.
The pretrial release conditions were modified by the court on Monday, allowing Davis to have communication with the woman “by phone, email, text message or Zoom regarding child-related matters and therapy.” They’re also allowed to be together in person with a therapist present.
Davis is also set to stand trial on Feb. 16 in Baltimore for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run where he allegedly fled the scene of a car crash that involved four other people, including a pregnant woman.
The former 130-pound champion fought on Jan. 7, just 11 days after he was arrested. He remained undefeated with a ninth-round TKO victory over Hector Luis Garcia in Washington.
Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) is in negotiations for a 136-pound catchweight superfight against Ryan Garcia that is being planned for April 15 in Las Vegas.