Gervonta “Tank” Davis has been boxing since the age of five. He is now a three-time world champ at 25 with a 23-0 record and 22 knockout wins. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is his mentor and promoter. However, Davis is explosive, unrelenting, and violent. His May 2016 fight lasted only 41 seconds.
Davis was born in West Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester area. This is one of the most dangerous areas in America. His friends, including his coach, were all killed there. Davis claims that he was not raised out of love. Davis says that she was not raised by her parents. My grandmother raised me, but she left the house at one point. I was raised …” by my grandparents.
Gervonta Davis would go straight to the gym after school. Davis says that he would sleep at the gym, even though school closed at 4 p.m. “The daycare across the street used call the police on my… and the entire time I would tell myself that the future would be better, bigger, and more wonderful.” His future would be.
Davis, despite his turbulent childhood, is a survivor. He is grounded, humble, and focused on achieving one goal: to become the pinnacle in boxing. Here are some of the lessons that Davis has learned from his experiences about how to overcome obstacles, overcome trappings and become a champion.
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Davis’ responses were condensed and edited to make them more understandable.
- Everybody needs someone.
Davis’s survival and continued success is due to the fact that he realized early in his life that everyone needs someone, regardless of how difficult they may think.
He says, “You need guidance in your life – Period.” You need someone to guide you, both inside and outside. That was what I had. My coach said to me, “Keep your eyes on the prize.” “You can become as big or small as you wish.”
Nature is merciless and indiscriminate. It is difficult, and trials and errors are the most cruel teachers of all. We all have our limitations and must rely on one another to survive and fill in the gaps in our knowledge about the world. You can’t trust anyone to look out for you and make decisions on your behalf.
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- Distractions can be deadly
Distractions can be caused by lack of focus, interest, or intensity of the distraction. A million tasks at once can only lead to one million poor outcomes. Davis was acutely aware that distractions can be fatal. He made it a point to stay focused and not let go.
He says, “Coming up there was a lot of men who couldn’t focus because they needed cash now. Boxing saved my life because I could see what was happening outside of the gym. It was clear to me that if I focused my attention on one thing in the gym, it would be difficult for me not to get into trouble. As I grew older, it became more difficult, but I always went to the gym regardless of what.
Our eyes are fixed on one thing. Your goals will never be achieved if distractions distract you from your goal. If you are serious about your life, your goals, and your self-worth, you will choose wisely what you focus your attention on. Never let your eyes drift from it.
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- Believe in yourself
Davis said that Davis was taught by my coach that if you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything. It doesn’t matter how far it seems. You can achieve it even if 10 people tell you that you aren’t capable. All you have to do is believe in yourself, keep working towards it, and the rest will come. You will get there, even though it might not be right now or in one year. But if you keep your eyes on the prize, you will succeed.
When beliefs are formed, they become the compass for our lives and act as an unconscious guide behind all of the decisions we make. Don’t be distracted by what or who is around you, as Davis did. Concentrate on what you can be. Untapped potential is within all of us. Recognize this and then believe in your potential. You can’t do it if you don’t.