Keyshawn Davis’ marijuana violation pushes Jose Pedraza bout to 2024
The proposed fight between Keyshawn Davis and Jose Pedraza will have to wait until next year due to Davis testing positive for marijuana after his recent bout against Nahir Albright.
Davis, the talented unbeaten lightweight, received a 90-day suspension by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, it was announced Thursday.
Grey Johnson, who is also known as BoxrecGrey and works for Boxrec.com, was the first to break the story.
According to an email received by Johnson, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) overturned Davis’ majority decision victory over Albright. The official result from the Davis-Albright is now a No Contest.
The 90-day suspension will be retroactive to October 14, the date Davis originally outpointed Albright over 10 rounds at the Fort Bend Epicenter in Rosenburg, Texas. One judge scored the bout 95-95, while the other two judges scored the bout 96-94 and 97-93 for Davis.
There was no specific reason why the TDLR suspended Davis, likely due to HIPAA laws, other than Davis faced disciplinary action from a ‘rules violation.’ Rumors floated around social media later Thursday that Davis was suspended for testing positive for marijuana.
Davis took to Twitter on Friday night to address the issue, basically admitting that he tested positive and was suspended for marijuana use.
“I apologize to my Family & Friends that I can’t perform December 9th but I WILL NOT STOP DOING SOMETHING THAT IS LEGAL & BEING SOLD IN AMERICA. #thebusinessman.” stated Davis.
The 24-year-old Davis (9-0, 1NC, 6 knockouts), who resides in Norfolk, Virginia, was scheduled to fight Pedraza, a former world titleholder at 130 and 135 pounds. The proposed fight was to air on a December 9 Top Rank on ESPN telecast from the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida, which would have aired after the Heisman Trophy presentation.
Davis won a silver medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Marijuana is not legal in 27 states, including Texas. Ironically, Davis’ promoter, Bob Arum, has been a strong proponent for marijuana to be decriminalized.
Albright, who resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, goes to 16-2 1 NC, 7 KOs.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]