Davis: "I learned a lot from sparring Tank"

The 2020 (2021) Olympic silver medalist in the lightweight division, Keyshawn Davis, has been proclaimed stardom by the fans and media alike. The fighter from Norfolk, Virginia, returns this weekend as he will put his undefeated record on the line against Philly's Nahir "Woo" Albright, as the oo-feature this weekend of the ESPN telecast that will see a middleweight unification bout as the WBO middleweight champion, Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly faces the unbeaten IBF world champion Vincenzo Gualtieri in the main event, which takes places this Saturday, October 14th.

Recently, Davis caught up with KO Artist Sports to talk about a fond memory, as Davis recalled sparring with one of the most famous fighters in the world, Gervonta Davis. 

"I learned that I could hang in there with the elite level," said Davis to KO Artist Sports. "I feel I could take a punch because he did [catch me with a good punch]."

Davis will be in his toughest test as a fast-tracked prospect as Davis since securing a long-term deal with Top Rank, when facing Albright who is fresh off defeating a 2016 U.S. Olympian in the same division Davis fought in - as Albright outpointed Karlos Balderas this summer. Davis talked to KO Artist Sports about sparring Davis taught him a good deal about himself something that one would assume would carry into this fight.

"He caught me with two good shots," furthered Davis. "[Davis] caught me with one good hook and one good straight, and knowing Tank you don't know what [to expect] when you get caught with a good shot. It told me I could really take a punch, it told me I could really box with the best."

Davis concluded by stating that Gervonta Davis made him do things he didn't usually have to do in the ring prior. Heading into the biggest fight of his career a co-feature spot as Davis looks to be potentially in contention next year for a world title, and might even elevate to a main event spot on the roster. Davis talked about the mental side of the sparring with the man nicknamed 'Tank' that seemingly added growth to his career. 

 "He tested me in a way that I always had to stay sharp, watch out for his power, and be real defensive," said Davis. "I am not really a defensive fighter. I love fighting like Tank does. So, he had me fighting a style I don't usually fight. [I feel I got better], and I learned a lot from sparring Tank."