Two Baltimore Boxers Dead
Ever wonder why Gervonta “Tank” Davis’ signing to Mayweather promotions was such huge news in the city of Baltimore? It’s because so many others seeking to elevate themselves out of the atrocities that have become status quo in Baltimore never get to reach the top.
This was the case with 2 of Baltimore’s latest victims, boxers, Victorious Swift and Montell Pridgett. Two Baltimore boxers dead with no cause and as of now, no justice.
Victorious Swift was a 19 year old senior at Baltimore Design School with a penchant for art and pugilism. The youngest of 7 brothers and sisters, Victorious had not yet gotten a chance to test himself in the squared circle, but was a good gym prospect according to coaches.
On Sunday morning, while walking home from a recording studio, Victorious was caught in what could only be described as a hailstorm of bullets. He died in an area hospital shortly after.
24 year old Montell Pridgett, in contrast, not only tested himself in the ring but thrived in it. Pridgett amassed a solid 42-8 amateur record and was eyeing the professional circuit.
On March 15th, on the 1500 block of Pennsylvania avenue, Montell was involved in a fight turned deadly as the currently unknown other participant shot Montell in the torso.
Montell Pridgett succumbed to his injuries in shock trauma on Wednesday morning.
Montell was a close friend of Baltimore native and IBF junior lightweight champion, Gervonta Davis, who expressed his sadness saying,
“I wake up from a call saying my friend got killed … RIP”
Both victims were killed within one mile of the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenue, an area that gained notoriety during the Baltimore riots only 2 short years ago.
Both victims trained at Umar boxing, located 3 blocks away from that infamous corner.
Both victims had eyes on the world outside of Baltimore with the sky being the limit, but whatever potential they may have had was taken by “the streets”. The simple moniker “victims of the street” doesn’t properly describe the circumstances of these young men. Baltimore itself is ‘beyond the veil’.