DUBAI (April 3, 2021) — The DMV’s Keyshawn Davis opted to make his entry into boxing’s paid ranks and forego a run at Olympic gold in Tokyo this summer. He earned a victory in his debut fight at February’s unified Super Middleweight championship bout Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim. Davis stopped Lester Brown in two rounds.
Today’s assignment was about on another world championship bout in WBO Super Featherweight champion Jamel Herring long-awaited defense against two-division champion Carl Frampton. The fight returned the 5-foot 9-inch Norfolk, Virginia native back to the world stage. The host site was Caesars Palace Dubai versus opponent Richman Ashelley, a 22-year old from Accra, Ghana with a professional record of 10-1 with 9 KOs.
Despite some strong words from Ashelley as the weigh-in, the Ghanaian lacked the same level of aggression inside the ring. The young Virginian bullied Ashelley for the duration of the contest, rarely struggling in the bout that was scheduled for six rounds and streamed live on the ESPN+ app.
Davis consistently fought aggressively, he was physical with his opponent, but he also mixed in flashes of finesse as he set up his precise punches while avoiding most of the shots being returned. Despite Ashelley’s advantage in career rounds, the difference class quickly became apparent, and after a rugged close to the fourth round for the Ghanaian the referee advised the corners the fight was over.
Davis pressed forward and put Ashelley on the back-foot immediately. The American feinted, jabbed to the body and followed with right hands to the body. Ashelley’s offense remained in neutral, as he stood in front of Davis with his high guard. The Ghanaian defensively threw some wild shots in hopes of catching the lesser inexperienced fighter exposed.
Davis remained poised in the second frame. He attacked cautiously, taking what Ashelley was offering target-wise. Ashelley landed a solid right hand, a right hook, on the chin with about 90 seconds left in the round. Davis scored with some good right hands to the body.
Ashelley controlled the center of the ring for the opening moments of Round 3. Davis’ pressure eventually turned the tables and Ashelley’s back was against the ropes. Davis worked behind his jab and came forward behind it finding openings for a variety of power punches. The Ghanaian expressed frustration at the referee’s management of the fight.
The American scored an early left hook to the body in the subsequent round. Davis continued to run up his scoring lead, sharply unloading his arsenal. His reflexes allowed him to land and narrowly evade Ashelley’s counter punches. Ashelley finished the round on the receiving end of an extended period of punishment. At one point Ashelley stumbled backwards and quickly found a lower rope to help right himself. His legs look unsteady in a spot or two. Davis continued to throw a vicious barrage of punches. The referee saw enough, with his firsthand view of the action, and very little time was wasted calling the fight off just seconds into the break.
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