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Meet Kathy Davis, The Woman Behind The Newest Mayweather-Backed Boxing Studio In Tennessee

Meet Kathy Davis The Woman Behind The Newest Mayweather Backed Boxing Studio In Tennessee
Meet Kathy Davis The Woman Behind The Newest Mayweather Backed Boxing Studio In Tennessee


Kathy Davis is a franchise owner of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, a Floyd Mayweather-created fitness center experience. Davis stated that she decided to open one of the first Mayweather Boxing + Fitness franchises in Tennessee after seeing a franchise advertisement on social media.

“The name [Floyd] Mayweather, his background of being a champion, that’s a no-brainer. And I’ve always said I wanted to do a franchise at some point,” she told the Entrepreneur. “Having a group of people who were experts in running successful businesses, and not having to do it on your own—that appealed to me.”


Davis launched her franchise in 2019, just as the pandemic forced gyms across the country to close. Despite the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black businesses, she was able to weather the storm and remain afloat by virtualizing her training sessions.

“We did virtual workouts at no cost until we could open back up,” she said. “There was no income coming in at all, but we took all the precautions to make people feel safe, so if they were willing to come in, we were there.”

Davis’ fascination with fitness centers dates back to her childhood in Detroit. She rode bikes and played basketball and baseball, according to the Entrepreneur. She started working as a group fitness instructor in Atlanta right after college.

In her early 30s, she started a personal training business and spent the next two decades dabbling in bodybuilding, spin classes, triathlons, and marathons.

When she and some of her friends saw an advertisement on social media for the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness franchise, they saw it as an opportunity to open one because the brand name speaks for itself.

Davis did not find it easy to run a franchise. Aside from the pandemic, she and her team had to switch to a new contract with a different vendor in some cases because they were not meeting the needs of the brand.

“We also had equipment that didn’t look like newer franchisees’ equipment due to changes here and there in the equipment package, which made our fairly new studio look different from the others,” said Davis, who is in her 50s.

“But the franchisor recognized this and provided ways for us to make the updates if we desired. There were also tweaks to class programming, due to feedback directly from us franchisees and our customers on what was or wasn’t working. The main point here is that nothing starts off perfect.”



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