Fort Bend Epicenter in Rosenberg, Texas – U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (10-0, 6 KOs) continued his rise up the lightweight rankings with a majority decision win over Philadelphia-born contender Nahir Albright (16-3, 7 KOs).
After a battle of jabs in the opening round, Davis found a home for his right hand, sneaking it over Albright’s shoulder throughout the fight. Davis also counterpunched Albright with right and left hands, which made Albright less eager to throw punches down the stretch.
Davis, however, eased up in the final two rounds, allowing Albright to narrow the scorecards. It was not enough as one judge scored the fight 95-95, which was overruled by tallies of 96-94 and 97-93.
Davis is now hoping to return for one more fight before the end of the year – with former world champion Jose Pedroza.
Davis said, “I had it as a win for me. That’s all that matters. He was a tough fighter. And this fight today gave me some good experience. I was feeling good. I was just boxing. I was just having fun and doing what I want to do.
“I just want to show that I belong at the top of the 135-pound division. I’m working my way up there. If Jose Pedraza is willing to take a fight with me, then let’s do it.”
Pedroza, winless since 2021, is 0-2-1 in his last three fights with decision losses to Arnold Barboza and Jose Ramiez – and a draw with fellow former champ Richard Commey.
He last saw action in February, with the ten round unanimous decision loss to Barboza.