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WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis pays tribute to Kobe Bryant in final Staples Center win

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Gervonta Davis was spotted wearing Nike Grinch boxing shoes to honor legend Kobe Bryant ahead of Isaac Cruz’s fight night in LA. He crushed Cruz in a 12 round fight and dedicated it to the one and only Kobe.

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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 24: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins / Getty Images Gervonta Davis speaks to the media during the 2018 SHOWTIME SPORTS Boxing Announcements at Cipriani on January 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins / Getty Images)

Gervonta Davis expressed his admiration for Kobe Bryant and what he stood for not just as a basketball player, but as an athlete in general.

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Kobe is his all-time favorite player and he’s watched him since he was young. The stuff he did on the pitch, the way he behaved off the pitch, everything. Davis wanted to win this fight for Kobe.

The 27-year-old is certainly one to watch for the next few years in the ring. With skills like hers and motivation to match, it’s unclear what heights Davis could reach.

Gervonta Davis speaks to her mentor, Kobe Bryant

In his post-fight remarks, Davis made sure to thank Bryant, who passed away in January 2020. “LA, we did it for Kobe”, noted Davis, whose audiences included NBA stars Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kawhi Leonard, Dwight Howard, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Kobe Bryant attends the 90th Annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

It’s clear Davis was heavily influenced by Bryant, both physically and mentally, embracing part of Bryant’s work ethic and self-confidence.

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Davis improvised in the intermediate laps with an impressive pace to move away from Cruz’s offensive strategy. Moving towards the end of the round, he then delivered with flush uppercuts.

With Mayweather as a promoter and mentor, it looks like Davis is set for a long and successful boxing career. And we can be sure that everywhere Kobe Bryant looks he is supporting Davis.

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