Keyshawn Davis, from Norfolk, is back on the Olympic team; seeks to win gold in boxing


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Norfolk native has punched his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.

Keyshawn Davis will represent Team USA as a member of the boxing team.

After the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, Davis had originally planned to wait and compete in the summer of 2021. But in January, he made the decision to turn pro, which disqualified him from participating in the Olympics.

However, because the pandemic disrupted the Olympic qualifying process, he is now able to go and he has a good chance of winning gold in the lightweight division.

“Honestly, I couldn’t believe it,” Davis said recently in a Zoom interview with 10 On Your Side. “I really couldn’t believe it.”

He says that means the world represents the United States and Hampton Roads, and he can’t wait to compete.

“These Olympics are going to be Special Olympics,” Davis said. “No one in the whole world has ever experienced the things that we are about to experience. If we come out, when we come out victorious, winning that gold medal, it will be something that you will literally remember for the rest of your life, because we are living in a pandemic and we won a gold medal thanks to a pandemic. “

Davis is currently in Colorado Springs to train with the team.

“Since the start of training camp, there have been only good vibes, great training sessions, people pushing themselves to the next level and I just wanted to go to the Games. Tokyo, that both sides, men and women, are ‘going to be more than prepared, “Davis said.” They should only expect a gold medal from me. “

At the end of the month, the athletes will travel to a city in Japan for a three-week training camp, before heading to Tokyo for the Games.

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