Norfolk’s Keyshawn Davis powers his way to lightweight quarterfinals in Tokyo

Japan 2020

France’s Sofiane Oumiha and USA’s Keyshawn Daniel Webster Davis fight during their men’s light (57-63kg) preliminaries round of 16 boxing match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Photo by UESLEI MARCELINO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by UESLEI MARCELINO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

TOKYO (WFXR/WAVY) — Keyshawn Davis didn’t need all three rounds to advance to the lightweight quarterfinals in Tokyo.

The Norfolk-native landed a powerful punch to the head of France’s Sofiane Oumiha in the second round of Saturday’s round of 16 bout at Kokugikan Arena, forcing the referee to stop the contest early.

Davis tweeted before the match “Today gonna be one of my best performances.”

Oumiha is the reigning silver medalist and the top seed in the tournament.

Davis advances to Tuesday’s quarterfinal against Russia Olympic Committee’s Gabil Mamedov. The fight is set to begin at 11:48 a.m. local time (10:48 p.m. Eastern on Monday).

The 22-year-old Davis is seen as a strong contender for gold in the lightweight division of men’s boxing. That spot on the podium was last held by a U.S. boxer in 1992 by Oscar De La Hoya.

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