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Davidson dedicates victory to sick father
King Davidson returned to action for the first time in eight months to secure a comfortable win over Andrejs Loginovs – and immediately dedicated the win to his sick father.
Davidson had stayed in the UK to finally get back in the ring despite his father suffering a stroke in Nigeria.
It was expected that Davidson would make the first defence of the WBO International light middleweight title he won in his adopted city of Southampton, and then fly straight back home to be with his dad.
However, further disappointment struck as the Philip Kotey fight fell through at late notice.
The promoters of the show were able to rustle up a late opponent, though, in the shape of Loginvos, who took Davidson’s stablemate Tony Hill through a full six rounds last time out.
Davidson ooked a class above his opponent and toyed with him before forcing a fifth round stoppage.
“I am very, very pleased with that,” he reflected.
“It’s crazy I haven’t boxed for so long. I have trained so much for so many months without fighting.
“I’m really grateful to all my team and I want to dedicate this to my sick father back home and the people of Nigeria for all their thoughts and prayers during this tough time.
“My father is very sick. He suffered from a stroke.
“My team and everyone has been so great to help me and I give them all the thanks.
“I also have to say thank you to Scott Jones and the father of my fiancée, Roger Bailey, because without their financial support this fight would not have happened.”
There is little doubt that Davidson needs to get active again and face a better class of opponent to fulfil his obvious potential.
But funding remains an issue and it’s why his trainer, Wayne Batten, is working with several people behind the scenes to try and secure his charge the incredible platform of a place on the undercard of Carl Froch’s rematch with Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in May.
That would guarantee a top rate opponent and give Davidson huge worldwide exposure on what is potentially the biggest fight night of 2013.
“I am looking forward now to a big fight at the O2 Arena,” said Davidson.
“There will be lots of people there and I can’t wait to show all the people in Britain and watching across the world what I’m made of.
“I was so ready for the fight and then the morning before Wayne sat me down and told me that Kotey wasn’t coming. I was shocked.
“That should not happen.
“I said whoever is put in front of me will pay the price.
“When I was back in the corner after the third round Wayne was telling me to use a double upper cut.
“I went out to do that and when I executed it it worked perfectly.
“The fight was over and that showed how good a trainer he is.”