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Aaron Davis (boxer)

Aaron Davis (boxer)

USBA Champiion

USBA Champiion

Aaron Davis (born April 8,1967 Bronx, New York, United States) is a former professional boxer and that held the WBA welterweight world championship in 1990 and 1991.

Early Life & Education

He attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School in New York City. Davis was born and raised in New York City. He began boxing in his youth and he was encouraged to take up boxing by his father.

Amateur Career

Davis won the 1986 New York Golden Gloves 147 lb Open Championship. Davis defeated Maurice Donovan of the Knights Community Center in the finals to win the Championship.In 1985 Davis advanced to the finals of the 147 lb Open division and was defeated by Bradley Austin of the Jerome Boys Club.Davis trained at Gleason's Gym in New York City and as well at the Morris Park Boxing Club in the Van Nest section of the Bronx.

Professional Career

49 Pro Wins

Ko'd Mark Breland For World Title

Ko'd Mark Breland For World Title

Davis,known as "Superman" turned pro in 1986 and won his first 32 fights, including a 9th-round knockout upset over Mark Breland to capture the WBA welterweight world title in 1990. In 1993 he challenged Julio César Vásquez for the WBA light middleweight world title,but lost a close decision. He would never again fight for a major title, and he retired in 2002. He finished with a pro record of 49-6 with 31 ko's.

Beat Mark Breland For WBA World Title

He would get his first crack at world title in 1990 when he faced former five-time New York Golden Gloves champion Mark Breland. Breland had been considered by many to be the best amateur boxer to ever come out of New York City and he had won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Breland starred in an episode of Miami Vice with Don Johnson.

There was a lot of bad blood leading into this fight and it became a New York turf war as it was Brooklyn (Breland) vs the The Bronx (Davis). They met on July 8,1990 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Reno,Nevada and it was for the World Boxing Association welterweight world championship. The bout was also televised on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, which was during a time when boxing was frequently shown on network television.

Davis came out in round nine very determined and began to apply the pressure.

With less that 15 seconds to go in round nine,Davis would land a huge right hand that put Breland down on his face and out.

It was a hard fought,brutal match and Aaron Davis won the world title.

Davis made two non-title defenses before losing a twelve round decision to Meldrick Taylor on HBO in 1991.

Later Career

The year 1997 would be a good year for Davis as he would go 3-1 with 2 knockouts.

His one loss that year came against former welterweight champion José Luis López,which was part of an HBO Boxing After Dark doubleheader. Although Davis lost a controversial majority decision he boxed very well and HBO commentators Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant stated that it was the best Aaron Davis they had seen in years.

Davis would remain inactive for 2 1/2 years and he would return to the ring in 2000.

He would go 6-0 with 5 ko’s over the next two years which included an eighth round technical knockout over Vinny Paz. In his last match he defeated Ross Thompson on July 23, 2002 in New York. Davis holds wins over Dennis Milton,Tony Marshall and Simon Brown.


Born & Raised In New York

Born & Raised In New York

Aaron Davis runs a boxing gym in The Bronx, New York City.[14]

See also

  • List of current world boxing champions

  • List of WBA world champions


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