TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – From his breezy method and unwavering confidence, you’d by no means guess that Keyshawn Davis had suffered from psychological well being points simply 4 years earlier than his Olympic debut as a light-weight boxer for Group USA.
Throughout his ultimate 12 months of highschool at age 18, the Virginia native’s nervousness and anger had been so overpowering they landed him in a psychological well being facility, the place he realized to speak by means of his issues by watching even youthful kids do the identical.
These days are behind him, Davis stated, and nothing was going to cease him from reaching his childhood dream of successful an Olympic gold medal – what can be the primary for U.S. males’s boxing since 2004.
“I am getting the gold. That is not even a query,” Davis stated on Saturday, having simply overwhelmed Rio silver medallist Sofiane Oumiha. The bout resulted in a referee cease after Davis landed a strong hook that despatched the Frenchman wobbling.
“I acquired no selection however to get gold. I will get gold, and that is what I am capturing for, is getting gold.”
Davis stated that having to go up towards a top-seeded boxer in solely his second bout had solely labored to fireplace him up.
“They’ve given me these more durable opponents early. I really feel sort of disrespected, like they’re making an attempt to get me out of the match early,” stated Davis, who solely gained his ticket to Tokyo final month by means of the Worldwide Olympic Committee Boxing Job Power.
“Or that is simply how I take it to inspire myself to enter every one in every of these fights. However I do not care if you happen to gave me (Cuban two-time world champion) Andy Cruz the primary day. I used to be going to beat him and transfer on to the following day.”
Davis, who plans to renew his skilled boxing profession after Tokyo, stated his psychological well being issues are handled now however that the lengthy months of quarantine have been troublesome for him, as that they had been for different athletes.
“Lots of people do not know how you can take care of quarantine and us elite athletes journey. We’re so busy that we by no means have time to take care of ourselves,” he stated.
“I simply hope the most effective for all these athletes, all these athletes that got here right here to compete within the Olympics… I perceive all people that is going by means of psychological well being points as a result of I have been by means of the worst.”
Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim
Modifying by Christian Radnedge
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