Gervonta Davis guilty plea explained: Sentencing date, punishment, impact on career following Ryan Garcia fight

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The future of Gervonta Davis' career appears to be unaffected, for now, following a recent court case stemming from a hit-and-run incident in November 2020.

Davis, the WBA (Regular) lightweight champion, stood trial in Baltimore Circuit Court for his alleged involvement in the incident. Per The Baltimore Banner, "Tank" celebrated his birthday at a club. Running a red light, his 2020 Lamborghini Urus SUV hit a 2004 Toyoya Solara, bringing four people, including a pregnant woman, into the hospital, Baltimore Police reported.

WJZ shared a video of the crash, with the Lamborghini crashing into a fence. Davis left the scene of that accident before authorities arrived.

Standing in a courtroom, Davis pled guilty to four traffic offenses. 

MORE: Full timeline of Gervonta Davis' legal history

Davis just fought Ryan Garcia in April, beating him via knockout. With the win, Davis has been crowned the "face of boxing" by many.  

Gervonta Davis guilty plea

Davis faced 14 misdemeanor charges. That includes four counts of failing to return to a scene involving bodily injury. He waived the right to stand trial. 

Judge Melissa M. Phinn rejected a plea agreement request that would allow Davis to avoid jail time. Davis would have been confined to a 60-day home confinement punishment if not for the rejection. That was due to the testimony of Jyair Smith, the pregnant woman who is suing Davis after suffering multiple injuries following the crash. 

Per ESPN, following the guilty plea, Circuit Judge Althea M. Handy stated Davis is doing so "with no agreement of what penalty will be at sentencing."

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Gervonta Davis punishment and sentence 

Following the guilty plea, The Baltimore Sun reported that Davis was to be sentenced on May 5. 

Will Gervonta Davis go to jail?

Per The Baltimore Banner, Davis was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest, which will be served in the home of Calvin Ford, his coach and trainer. Per WJZ CBS Baltimore’s Kelsey Kushner, he may be able to to leave the house to continue training in the gym. The original sentence was set at two years in prison, plus 60 days.

The 28-year-old must also complete 200 hours of community service and take part in other programs not yet released. Davis will be on three years' probation. 

In June, Davis was taken into custody after reportedly violating the terms of his home detention. Per The Baltimore Banner, Michael Tomko, Davis' attorney, stated there was was an "impromptu hearing," and Davis was ordered to serve out the rest of his sentence (90 days) in jail. 

Davis did not stay with Ford, and it was learned he was staying at a luxury penthouse inside the Four Seasons. 

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Daniel Yanofsky is a combat sports editor at The Sporting News.