Calvin Ford, renowned for his role as the boxing trainer of WBA Lightweight Champion Gervonta Davis, finds himself in a legal quandary following his arrest on December 29th 2023. Ford, a respected figure in the boxing community known for steering young athletes like Gervonta Davis, now known as Abdul Wahid to championship heights, was taken into custody outside the Upton Boxing Center in Baltimore.
Calvin Ford Arrested
The arrest stems from charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with the warrant for his arrest issued in Las Vegas. Ford, who has been a significant figure in Davis’ life and career, has been transferred to Las Vegas to face these charges. If convicted, Ford could face a sentence ranging from two to twenty years in prison, in addition to a possible fine of up to $10,000.
The Allegations and Defense
Ford’s arrest has been met with staunch defence from his associates. Kenny Ellis, Ford’s business partner and co-trainer of Davis, has publicly claimed Ford’s innocence, asserting that the allegations are false. Despite the gravity of the situation, details of the incident in Las Vegas leading to Ford’s arrest remain scarce.
Ford’s journey to prominence in the boxing world is marked by personal challenges and transformation. He served a decade-long sentence in federal prison in the late 1980s and 1990s for drug racketeering but has since redirected his life towards coaching and mentoring. His life story even inspired a character in the HBO series ‘The Wire’. Since his release, Ford has dedicated himself to training young boxers in Baltimore, including Davis, whom he has known since Davis was seven years old.
The Impact on Gervonta Davis
This incident unfolds amidst a turbulent period for Gervonta Davis himself, who has faced legal troubles of his own. Earlier, Davis was involved in a hit-and-run crash in 2020 and was sentenced to home detention, a part of which was to be served at Ford’s residence.
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