News December 2014

Former heavyweight contender dies suddenly aged just 43


By Michael J Jones

Livefight has sadly learned of the recent death of former heavyweight contender Robert “The Saint” Davis aged just 43-years-old. He passed away on November 26th with his funeral taking place on December 6th. The official reason for his premature passing is at this time unclear.

Davis turned pro in October 1997 and within three years would rise to 22-0 (15) in the heavyweight ranks. Among his early victims were decent fringe contenders in Sherman Williams, Keith McKnight and former world champion Greg Page.

Just as it looked like the Akron prospect was on his way to a world heavyweight title shot, the hulking Lance Whitaker would score an upset two-round stoppage over Davis to end his unbeaten record. Following his first reverse, Davis’ form would fluctuate for the remainder of his career.

In May 2001, he would engage in one of the fights of the year against tough Terrence Lewis. Both men were down before Robert was eventually halted in the ninth. He would beat Lewis in a rematch a year later but subsequent defeats to the likes of Michael Grant and Joe Mesi would end any notion of him reaching the top.

In June of 2005 he would come unstuck to the then 17-0 Audley Harrison, losing in the seventh in California but wouldn’t quit boxing for good until 2009 after a last defeat to undefeated puncher David Rodriguez.

His final tally would read 32-11 (20). After the Whitaker loss his record was 10-10 but he always came to fight win or lose and had some memorable nights in the prize ring. In his prime he only lost to good level fighters and had a big heart.

RIP Robert Davis 1971-2014

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