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Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis wants people to know his name

When you think of the names of great boxers to come out of Delaware, the list might not be as long as other states. Dave Tiberi, Henry Milligan, brothers Mike and Rich Stewart come to mind. Amir Mansour is considered a Delaware Boxer even though he was born just over the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Salem, N.J., but resides in Wilmington and has so for many years.

Mansour has had the most success thus far as a heavyweight fighter, but many still hold Tiberi in high regard.

Tiberi fought James Toney for the IBF middleweight title in 1992 and lost a high-disputed and controversial bout. In a fight where many felt Tiberi dominated, Toney’s split decision victory prompted then U.S. Senator William Roth of Delaware to call for an investigation of the sport. The landmark investigation uncovered the fact that the two judges that awarded the fight to Toney, were not licensed in the state of New Jersey.

Tiberi subsequently chose to retire, even though he was in the prime of his career, rather than fight again, while Toney finally admitted he lost 17 years later in 2009.

Milligan was a late bloomer to the fight game. Born in Camden, New Jersey, he finished his career 17-3-1, and fought for the vacant IBO Cruiserweight Title in 1993 when he suffered an eight-round TKO at the hands of David Izegwire. He is president of the Elsmere, Delaware Boxing Club.

The Stewart brothers were always crowd favorites on local cards, compiling a combined 72-17-5 mark. Mike was the far more superior boxer than Rich, ending his career with a very impressive 48-8-3 mark.

You can even add Omar “Super O” Douglas to that list as another potentially great boxer out to come out of Delaware.

The 23-year-old native of Wilmington is 12-0 and is the current NABA USA Super Featherweight champ.

But the fanfare surrounding another your pugilist is creating the most buzz.

Get ready to add Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis, who is just 19 years old and already is being tabbed as the greatest boxer to ever come out of the First State, to that short list.

And the young middleweight has had only had three pro fights — all wins.

However, his amateur background and the fact that he just signed with one of the most influential men in the sport, weeks before his second pro fight, would suggest he is well on his way to being the best fighter to ever lace them up from the Blue Hen State.

To show how quickly Davis has burst onto the boxing scene. Consider this, in just his third pro fight, he found himself on the undercard of a stacked card on Showtime this past weekend that was promoted by Golden Boy.

“It is pretty surreal, when I think about it, I am just taking it all in, and things are going well,” Davis said.

The teen sensation enjoyed a decorated amateur career, posting an incredible 91-9 record. He competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Davis is also a two-time Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves Champion, and a two-time PA Jr. Golden Gloves Champion. He placed 2nd at the National Golden Gloves Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah several years ago, and he won the bronze medal in the USA Boxing Tournament in April of 2012 in Spokane, WA, winning him a seat as an alternate on the USA Boxing Team.

He is considered one of the most highly touted prospects in the country and people along the East Coast have already taken notice.

Even with 100 amateur bouts under his belt, Davis doesn’t really think the jump to the pro’s is that big of a deal.

“I have always been in fast paced bouts. In the amateurs it is more of how quick can you get off, how fast can you score, it is offense based, but now in the pros it is more of a thinking man’s game. I was winning and doing well, and being a pro now, I am learning more about relaxing and taking my time. But, like I said, I have been doing this all my life, I am already looking to jump to six rounds for my next fight. I know as a pro what I can do and how to do it, roll my guys into shots, be effective and wear them out and go for the KO.”

Everyone knows the key to a young boxer is staying active. Consistency in the ring can take a young boxer to the next level, while inactivity can stun their growth. Something that Davis’ and his team realize.

“My team is telling me I have a couple more bouts left this year, I want to close out the year strong. I really do not have a number in mind, but of course I want to stay active. My team and I know how important that is for me moving forward. I am trying to get on big undercards, expand my name and brand, meet more people, and do more networking.”

In his last outing, Davis earned a four-round unanimous decision over Jas Phipps. But it was a couple of weeks before his second pro bout that Davis realized things were really starting to happen after one life-changing phone call.

“Yeah it was crazy, it was a couple of weeks before my second bout (against a debuting Rafael Montalvo) that I got a call from Al Haymon’s people. We signed before my second fight, when he called. I wanted to go there from the start. I wanted to get signed from someone big like Al Haymon and when they expressed interest, it was an exciting moment. I did not want to get to excited to quick, and after I saw the paperwork, it started to settle in this past weekend. Wow, I am in the ring and those guys are in my corner wearing my t-shirts. It was a great experience and it really motivates me now even more.”

Haymon, who has ruffled many feathers for various reasons in the sport, represents numerous top fighters, most notable pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The man who has some serious clout and chops in the sport, also has a staple of boxers, including Marcos Maidana, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Devon Alexander, Deontay Wilder, Peter Quillin, Shawn Porter, Paulie Malignaggi, and Adonis Stevenson just to name a few.

Davis might be a teen, but he is smart enough to realize the impact signing with Haymon will have on his career.

“It makes me want to go out and train harder and it really makes me think of the stuff I can do. They are putting me in position to do it, all I have to do now is just lace up the gloves and get the job done. The team, the process, it is all lined up for me. We read the contract and took everything very slow and we wanted to make sure I have unlimited opportunities, and now I do, and skies the limit. Everything I do from here is permanent and it is inked and set in stone. I can’t go back now to the amateurs, and I had other guys turned pro before me, so I realized it was my moment.”

His first moment of his pro career has not gone unnoticed even if it lasted less than a minute. Seconds before his debut back in February inside the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Mansour was quick to tab Davis as the best boxer to ever come out of Delaware. “This kid will be the best boxer to ever come out of the state of Delaware and one of the greatest ever,” Mansour boosted.

Davis subsequently went out and scored a first-round TKO against Joshua Warf, just :56 seconds into his pro career.

Davis has always looked up to Mansour and takes his words to heart.

“I know Amir, he has seen me work in the gym and when he says that about me, it is an honor and he is someone that I look up to, he has pride and when a guy says that it gives you more confidence and extra motivation. It makes me more motivated to work harder.”

It’s not uncommon for a young and talented boxer like Davis to get caught up in believing his own press clippings.

However, Davis seems to be different. There are times when young boxers might find themselves running with the wrong crowd, guys who are looking to cash in on their friend’s talent, blood, sweat and tears.

Davis understands that but uses his own beliefs and core values to keep him grounded and balanced. His motto is simple.

“I am still regular, I take my brother’s and sisters to school, I wash dishes, I take out the trash, I still live at home with my parents and everything is the same. I am trying to change where I am at in my life. I will never feel comfortable until I am where I am want to be and I want to win a world title. I will never get lackluster about things and as long as I have goals I will continue to work hard. People look at me right now and they do not know my name yet. I am regular still in the boxing world, but my name is starting to get out there and when I walk outside I want people to know I one day that I am the champ. I can do nasty things with my hands, I want to be extraordinary and one of the greats. I want my name in the history books. I am a confident guy, I will, though, stay grounded. That will never change. I do not worry about the other stuff. I have a great team and great family that supports me.” 

It was only four months ago that Davis made his pro debut but he remembers every second from that short-lived affair inside the ring.

“I barely broke a sweat, I thought to myself, wow, that is my pro debut, that is a good way to start it off. It was definitely fun. I fought with a lot of emotion and I feed into the crowd. I am a pretty emotional fighter, I seize the moment and I perform at a high level,” Davis concluded.

Not a bad start for a kid that does chores at home like many teenagers today. His family and friends know his name, but if he keeps up his torrid start inside the ring to his career, everyone will remember his name sooner rather than later.

Rich Quiñones is an award winning broadcaster and journalist. He is the lead blow-by-blow Boxing voice for GFL.tv and Go Fight Live’s Boxing on Comcast. He has sat ringside calling the action with Monte Barrett, Brian Adams, Amir Mansour, Danny Garcia, James Kirkland, Mark Breland, Ronnie Shields, Teddy Atlas and Lou DiBella, while broadcasting over 125 bouts for GFL in 2013-2014.

Rich is also a contributor to Ringnews24.com and he has also handled calling the action for Muay Thai and is exclusive lead blow-by-blow voice for CFFC MMA.

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