2020 Tokyo Olympics: Meet Team USA Boxer Keyshawn Davis, Who Just Knocked Out This Year’s Gold Medal Favorite

by Samantha Whidden

Keyshawn Davis, a Team USA boxer, has knocked out this year’s gold medal favorite during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The U.S. lightweight took down the 2016 Olympics silver medalist and France Team boxer Sofiane Oumiha in the second round and has advanced to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ quarterfinals. 

According to Boxing Junkie, the fighters began the match by feeling each other out. Davis won the first round with three of five cards. In the second round, although Oumiha came out swinging and giving it his all, Davis took him down with a right jaw punch and saw the standing eight count. 

Davis is set to face off against Gabil Mamedov of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the next round

Keyshawn Davis Talks Qualifying for this Year’s Olympics Team 

During an interview with Boxing Scene, Keyshawn Davis reveals his reaction to qualifying for the year’s Olympics team.

“I feel like this is my opportunity. I feel like I can’t let no competitor beat me or even come close to that,” Davis states. He also says that is just making sure throughout every fight that he’s putting on a good performance. “I’m putting on a show, but I’m also having fun in the ring.”

Also speaking about his confidence in winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Davis explains his confidence is remaining high. “I’ve got no choice but to get gold. I’m getting gold, and that’s what I’m shooting for is getting gold.”

Davis also says that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics committee has given him tougher opponents early and he feels kind of disrespected. “Like they’re trying to get me out of the tournament early, or that’s just how I take it to motivate myself to go into each one of these fights,” the lightweight fighter admits. 

In regards to his most recent opponent Oumiha, Davis adds that he could see that the other boxer wasn’t all the way there.

“An experienced guy like that knows how to keep it together as much as possible, but a fighter knows a fighter. He was still hurt.”

Keyshawn Davis Shares Thoughts About Mental Health Among Athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 

While also discussing the mental health among those participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Keyshawn Davis states that he feels that mental health is definitely significant, especially during COVID-19 quarantine. “A lot of people don’t know how to deal with quarantine and us elite athletes travel. We’re so busy so much that we never have time to deal with ourselves.”

Davis also wishes the best for all the athletes who came to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I’ve dealt with myself in the past and I’ve been growing from there ever since,” he explains. “I feel like it speaks for itself, me actually speaking out.”

Davis then adds that he will say that he understands everybody that is going through mental health issues because he’s been through the worst.