Gervonta Davis’ surprise conversion to Islam triggers reactions

Reigning WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis recently made headlines for embracing Islam. The revelation surfaced through a video posted by fellow boxer Badou Jack on X. The video quickly garnered attention across social media platforms on December 24th.

The announcement received an overwhelmingly positive response from the Islamic community, with numerous warm messages extending a heartfelt welcome to Davis into the fold.

Among these, Badou Jack’s caption included the Arabic phrase ‘Alhamdulillah’ signifying ‘all glory to God’ in English.

While a majority of praised Davis for his choice, a fraction of the community expressed skepticism and criticism. Some skeptics doubted his alignment with the Islamic faith, citing concerns about his personality or drawing parallels with former lightweight champion Devin Haney.

Notably, UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad expressed support for Davis through a tweet. He showcased acceptance and encouraged the boxer towards his journey forward.

Amidst the varied reactions, Davis received an outpouring of support from fans. Some of the comments were as follows:

“Alhamdulillah. Welcome to the Ummah brother. We ask Allah to keep you steadfast on the siratul mustaqeem.”

“Islam welcomes you Mr. Davis”

“May Allah protect him from evil and guide him towards the best this life and the hereafter has to offer him. Ameen.”

“He wanna be Devin so bad”

“Wow what a nice surprise Alhamdulillah”

“Used to be my fav boxer at one point when I was big into boxing. May Allah increase him in guidance”

Following his remarkable victory, speculation arose regarding Davis’ future in boxing. Despite boasting an impressive undefeated record of 29-0, he has yet to secure an undisputed lightweight title or unify championships.

But now that division champion Devin Haney is departing in 2023, the path is open for him to take the throne.

Davis’ significant win over Ryan Garcia via TKO in April marked a pivotal moment in his career.

Since beating Garcia, the Marylander has not engaged in combat. But his choices are still open. There have been rumors of a rematch with Garcia and a possible bout with Shakur Stevenson or Haney.

As the newly promoted WBA lightweight champion, the 29-year-old boxer is anticipated to defend his belt in 2024.