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A new King of the world
King Davidson insists he won’t look beyond fighting Ishmael Tetteh for the vacant WBO International light middleweight title in Southampton next month despite being backed to become a world champion.
The Southampton-based Nigerian boxer has won significant financial backing from Arik, one of the biggest airlines in Africa.
They are funding what they hope will be his rise to the very top of the sport with an initial five fight deal, which has helped to land Davidson a shot at the title he was stripped of for failing to defend it in over a year.
There is now a real buzz about Davidson’s chances, with the 29-year-old having the platform and backing to have a genuine crack at a world title.
First though he needs to get past Tetteh at the O2 Guildhall Southampton on Saturday, November 16.
If he can do that then he wins back his belt and, more importantly, a top ten ranking with the WBO, which puts him in the mix up for a world title tilt in the future.
He said: “I want to get this out of the way because the biggest picture in front of me now is to destroy this boy and get him out of the way.
“I think in four or five fights I will be there and get to the number one spot.
“Winning this fight would put me back in the world top ten and that is a platform to get ready. I am going to be focussed and training properly.
“I will be very professional because I have the back up now and I need to stand my ground properly and pray to God to stay safe from injury and then my dream will come true.”
Arik’s backing could make all the difference to Davidson, who was struggling to land the fights he needed beforehand.
“They are a massive airline, one of the biggest in Africa as a whole,” he said.
“They are putting up money to support my career and bless them for that, I owe them a lot.
“I believe we are going all the way with them.
“They are my first sponsors and even when I’m number one they will still be number one for me.
“I do appreciate them so much.”
Davidson has recently returned from a short break to see his family in Nigeria, but is now fully gearing up for the clash with Tetteh in the Shamrock Quay gym of trainer Wayne Batten.
“My training now I believe I am about 80 per cent ready and in the next week or two weeks I will be ready,” he reported.
“When I went back home I was training properly, running every day and now I’m here I am blending it up.”
The Guildhall card is also set to feature the likes of Tony Hill, Matty Tew, Joe Pigford, Alex Dilmaghani, Darryl Still, Wade Armour and Rich O’Connor.
Tickets are available from the Guildhall box office on 023 8063 2601 or online via their website.
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