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Expect big things from “special” Keyshawn Davis, says Top Rank president

Keyshawn Davis. Photo credit: Getty Images

Rising lightweight prospect Keyshawn ‘The Businessman’ Davis 9-0 (6) is positioning himself for a blockbuster year in 2024.

The 24-year-old from Norfolk, Virginia will have his third outing for the year on Saturday when he faces Nahir Albright 16-2 (7) at the Fort Bend Community Center in Rosenberg, Texas on the undercard of middleweight unification bout between WBO champion Janibek ‘Qazaq Style’ Alimkhanuly 14-0 (9) and IBF counterpart Vincenzo ‘Il Capo’ Gualtieri 21-0-1 (7).

Davis has impressed with a ninth-round knockout of Anthony Yigit in April and a 10-round shutout victory over Francesco Patera in July.

Top Rank president Todd DuBoef is expecting big things from Davis, who is already ranked at number 12 by the WBC in the talent rich 135-pound division.

“I think Keyshawn is obviously special,” DuBoef told Sky Sports.

“He’s a wonderful athlete, he’s great to talk to, a great interview and he has that little sparkle in his eye when he’s sitting across from you – but he can fight.

“I think he has all those elements, and in the next 12 months, we’re going to see some big strides from him and I think he is in a division which is quite robust with names and talent.”

The 27-year-old Albright bounced back from his 10-round points loss to world-rated Jermaine Ortiz in February last year with a brace of wins against Estivan Falcao and Carlos Balderas. He has never been stopped.

Davis turned pro in 2021 after winning sliver medals at the 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

With his amateur pedigree DuBoef sees similarities between Davis and three of the best boxers of this millennium.

“He was somebody that we’ve been watching for a while and I think he was mature as an amateur and he transitioned really nicely into the pros,” said DuBoef.

“When I look at guys like that, I think Miguel Cotto was a natural – he came right out of the amateurs and has a physical presence and could be in the ring with anybody, he didn’t need the time to develop physically because he was already physically mature.

“Floyd [Mayweather] had a lot of those natures – he had a great maturity and IQ.

“Then obviously, there’s [Vasiliy] Lomachenko, who is a freak of nature.

“So, I’m not going to say he’s Floyd or Cotto yet, but I think he has the elements.”

Winning a world title will be no easy task for Davis, who is competing in arugably the deepest weight class in boxing.

But with undefeated former undisputed champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney off to test the waters at 140-pounds against WBC junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis, all four world titles at lightweight may be declared vacant in the near future if Haney decides to continue campaigning in the heavier weight class.

If that happens, expect Davis to be angling for a shot at one of the belts.