Days after boxer Gervonta Davis bought some buildings on his old block before they caught on fire, WBC cruiserweight champion Badou Jack revealed a video clip of Davis converting to Islam. According to Sportskeeda, Davis has chosen his Muslim name in a ceremony that was posted to social media.
The Maryland-bred boxer has taken the name, Abdul Wahid, which means ‘The Slave of The One’.
Breaking News: Gervonta Davis @gervontaa chose the Muslim name Abdul Wahid (the slave of The One) today at Masjid Hidayah with Imam Hassan Somali and Raha Batts. May Allah preserve them all pic.twitter.com/VUmpUwRO6g
— Mutah Beale مطاع بيل (@MutahNapoleon) December 28, 2023
Wahid follows in the footsteps of other athletes who converted to Islam. The most famous boxing athlete who converted to Islam may be Cassius Clay, who was given the name Muhammad Ali. Brooklyn’s most powerful heavyweight, Mike Tyson also converted to Islam and it was rumored that his name was Malik Abdul Aziz, although he never publically changed his name after the conversion. Middleweight and light heavyweight champion, Bernard Hopkins is another one who left Christianity to practice the teachings of Islam. Basketball center, Lew Alcindor Jr. may be the biggest NBA player to convert to Islam when, after winning an NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks, he took the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Earlier this year, the boxer had to serve a 90-day prison sentence after an incident in 2020 in which he ran a red light and slammed into another vehicle with a pregnant woman inside. Prosecutors said the woman accused Davis of fleeing the scene without helping her, and he was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. After violating the conditions of a home confinement agreement, Davis was ordered to complete the remainder of his 90-day sentence in jail.
Gervonta Davis Chooses Muslim Name Abdul Wahid After Converting To Islam