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Gervonta Davis Embraces Faith: Converts to Islam, Takes on Muslim Name

In a heartfelt ceremony captured during the holidays, boxing sensation Gervonta Davis officially embraced Islam in a mosque outside his hometown of Baltimore. The Brooklyn Banner confirmed the news, revealing that Philadelphia-based Imam Hassan Abdi conducted the conversion, with Davis adopting the Muslim name Abdul Wahid, signifying “servant of the one.”

 

The ritual holds added significance as Davis’ ring moniker is “The One.”

 

Imam Abdi, in an interview with The Baltimore Banner, expressed admiration for Davis’ humility and down-to-earth nature during their conversation about striving to be the best versions of themselves as human beings.

 

Beyond his spiritual journey, Davis recently made headlines for a significant off-ring endeavor. He announced the purchase of multiple homes in his old West Baltimore neighborhood, Sandtown-Winchester, with plans to renovate them for affordable housing. Despite a subsequent setback involving a fire that damaged several of the purchased homes, Davis remains committed to investing in and uplifting his community.

 

Council President Nick Mosby lauded Davis, stating, “Tank, when he goes around the world, he literally carries the city of Baltimore on his back. For you to come back, invest in your hometown, invest in your community, and invest in your block—is truly, truly special.”

 

Davis, with a boxing record of 29-0 with 27 knockouts, last fought in April, securing a knockout victory against Ryan Garcia in a high-profile match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Earlier in the year, he faced legal issues, pleading guilty to hit-and-run charges from 2020, leading to a 90-day home detention sentence. However, Davis spent six weeks in jail after violating the terms of his home detention.

 

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