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New era for Compton native son, Joey Davis, Jr.

Compton native son Joey Davis, Jr. makes his pro debut tonight at Bellator 160 mixed martial arts at Honda Center in Anaheim COMPTON — Joey Davis, Jr., first came to our attention as a 9-year-old undefeated

Compton native son Joey Davis, Jr. makes his pro debut tonight at Bellator 160 mixed martial arts at Honda Center in Anaheim

COMPTON — Joey Davis, Jr., first came to our attention as a 9-year-old undefeated wrestling phenom from Compton, Calif., Davis dad, Joey Sr., was having a difficult time raising the plane fare for his son to make the trip to the European Junior Wrestling Championships in Holland, The Netherlands in 2008. Metropolis Weekly, a forerunner to the Compton Herald, published a front page story on the Compton native son to bring attention to his plight.

The story caught the attention of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who stepped up and paid Davis’ round trip airfare. The rest is history. Davis was second best in the world at the championships and six years later won a scholarship to Notre Dame College in North Euclid, Ohio, where he won four NCAA Division II Championships while going undefeated over four years, amassing a career record of 133-0.

Tonight, Joey Davis, Jr., will make his professional mixed martial arts debut at Bellator 160 at the Honda Arena in Anaheim, Calif. Photo: Bellator

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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