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Who Is Gervonta Davis’ Trainer Calvin Ford, And How Is He Connected To HBO’s ‘The Wire?’

Published 05/26/2022, 2:30 PM EDT

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Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, a rising boxing star, has captivated the entire world. The boxer continues to amaze the audience one bout at a time and has a perfect track record. When he began boxing in 2013, he quickly became a sensation. Since the beginning, he has had the same trainer beside him. However, the duo’s meteoric rise has a backstory.

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Tank Davis grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. And it is from this place that the world has received a fighter and a world champion. He started boxing at the Upton Boxing Center when he was a kid. He was training under Quaadir Gurley (Gervonta Davis’ current coach’s son) at the time. Thus began the quest of a young boxer.


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How Calvin Ford became Gervonta Davis’ coach 

As per ‘Los Angeles Times’, when Davis’ childhood coach was moving to New Jersey, he asked his father, Calvin Ford, to train young Gervonta Davis. He said, “I need you to stay with Shorty(Davis) because you’ll be a good role model for him.”

“Ever since then, he was glued to my side,” said Ford. 


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Calvin Ford has a tumultuous past of his own. He was once involved in drug dealing before becoming a boxing coach. Surprisingly, Ford was the inspiration for a character dubbed Dennis ‘Cutty’ Wise from the acclaimed HBO series ‘The Wire.’ A world champion was being made while ‘The Wire’ was being shot. Today, we know that world champion by the name of Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.

Ford has seen Davis rise from his childhood. The trainer has a lot of faith in his protégé. He says the world will tell stories about Davis in the years to come. “Now you hear stories about Mike Tyson, and a few fighters come very 10 years. I truly believe he’s(Tank Davis) one of them fighters.” 

Who is training Rolando Romero for his upcoming big match?


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This could be one of Romero’s most important battles yet. The match has already sparked a lot of interest. And, in order to take on a challenger like Tank Davis, one must put in a lot of work. Cromwell Gordon will be the trainer in Romero’s corner.

Romero’s Belezien coach was a fighter himself. Now, though, he stands near a well-known boxer’s corner, demonstrating his abilities.


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WATCH THIS STORY: 5 Gervonta Davis Controversies That Will Never Be Forgotten

The fight between Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero will take place on May 28 in New York City’s Barclays Center. Only time will tell how the battle plays out.

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Written by:

Shashank Wankhede


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Shashank Wankhede is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. When it comes to boxing, the blockbuster film 'Rocky' sparked his interest in the sport. He holds Muhammad Ali in great regard and is a sincere admirer of his narrative, struggle, and accomplishments.
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Paras Pande