Southampton-based boxer to fight 'Roy Jones Jnr'

KING DAVIDSON

KING DAVIDSON

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

King Davidson has learnt his opponent for the vacant WBO International light middleweight title – a Ghanaian who describes himself as ‘the black Roy Jones Jnr’.

Davidson, the Nigerian fighter based in Southampton, will challenge for the belt he was stripped of just a few weeks ago at the Guildhall on Saturday, November 16.

He is set to take on the experienced Ishmael Tetteh, who has likened himself to Jones Jnr, one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time.

Tetteh is not known for his punch power but is sure to be a durable opponent for Davidson having challenged for a host of titles over a nine-year professional career that has seen him win 28 of 39 contests, with nine losses and two draws. He has only ever been stopped twice.

Davidson’s trainer, Wayne Batten, below, said: “We don’t know too much about Tetteh but he is obviously an opponent approved to fight for the title by the WBO so we will take him very seriously indeed and see what we can find out about him in the next few weeks.

“King is back in Nigeria for a few days but is training hard and when he gets back the really tough work will start to get him ready for this fight.

“It’s been said often enough but King needs to get active and box more.

“We now have the considerable sponsorship from Arik Airlines which is helping to fund this title fight and with their backing these could be relay exciting times for King.

“Their money is to help him further his career and we hope by the end of the five-fight deal to have proven that King can be right up there challenging at the very highest level.

“To do that though he needs fights. He still hasn’t that much experience really for a professional. He’s fought at a high level, and was obviously a brilliant amateur, but at 29 he’s only had 17 fights so he needs good fights, against good opponents quickly.

“If we can win back this belt it will get him into the WBO’s top 15 and with a couple more good wins in the near future we could be in a position to get a really exciting call.”

The Guildhall bill is starting to take shape nicely, and the organisers are facing the problem of how they are going to fit it all in.

Davidson’s fight is confirmed as the headliner and tickets are currently on sale from the Guildhall box office on 023 8063 2601 or via their website.

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