NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk native has punched his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.
Keyshawn Davis will signify Group USA as a member of the boxing group.
After the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, Davis initially planned to wait it out and compete in the summertime of 2021. However again in January, he made the choice to go professional, which disqualified him from competing within the Olympics.
Nonetheless, as a result of the pandemic disrupted the Olympic qualifying course of, he’s now in a position to go and he has an excellent shot at successful gold within the light-weight division.
“Actually I couldn’t consider it,” Davis mentioned lately in a Zoom interview with 10 On Your Facet. “I actually couldn’t consider it.”
He says it means the world to signify the USA and Hampton Roads, and he can’t wait to compete.
“This Olympics goes to be a particular Olympics,” mentioned Davis. “No one in the complete world by no means went by way of the issues we’re about to undergo. If we come out, after we come out on high, successful that gold medal, that’s going to be one thing to recollect actually for the remainder of your life as a result of we’re dwelling in a pandemic and we received a gold medal by way of a pandemic.”
Davis is at present in Colorado Springs coaching with the group.
“Ever because the coaching camp began, it’s been nothing however nice vibes, nice coaching classes, individuals pushing one another to the following stage and I simply really feel like going into the Tokyo Video games, that either side, the male and the feminine, we’re going to be greater than ready,” mentioned Davis. “They need to anticipate nothing however a gold medal from me.”
On the finish of the month, the athletes will go to a metropolis in Japan for a three-week coaching camp, earlier than they go to Tokyo for the Video games.