Gervonta Tank Davis announces new name after embracing Islam

Meet Abdul Wahid.

The fighter formally known as Gervonta Davis, although known through the sport as Tank, will now be known as Abdul Wahid moving forward after changing his name following his conversion to Islam. 

Wahid is now following in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali, who changed his name from Cassius Clay. 

Plenty of fights have done it before, including several light-heavyweights from the late 1970s. ‘The Camden Buzzsaw’ Dwight Muhammad Qawi (who now lives in Baltimore) changed his name from Dwight Braxton, Philadelphia’s Matthew Saad Muhammad changed his name from Matthew Franklin and New York’s Eddie Mustafa Muhammad was formerly Eddie Gregory. 

The Baltimore 29-year-old boxer, one of the sport’s biggest stars, had a ceremony at a mosque in Maryland per reports.

Wahid has held five world titles across three-weight classes. He currently holds a secondary form of the WBA lightweight world title, but might get elevated to full champion given Devin Haney is no longer fighting at lightweight.

Wahid's name translates to the servant of The One.