Nigerian prophet T.B. Joshua predicted King Davidson's WBO world title win

King Davidson

King Davidson, right, takes on Joseph Lamptey in Southampton

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

KING Davidson has revealed the inspiration behind his WBO International light middleweight victory – a Nigerian prophet who predicted he would become a world champion.

The 27-year-old has been followed his whole career by Nigerian minister and televangelist T.B. Joshua, who gained notoriety for apparently predicting the death of Michael Jackson and faith healing injured sports stars such as Joseph Yobo.

T.B. Joshua founded The Synagogue, Church of All Nations in Nigeria, which attracts 15,000 followers to its weekly services and claims to have healed people will incurable diseases.

Joshua has backed Davidson, both finically and spiritually, and called the Southampton-based fighter moments before he entered the ring to defeat Joseph Lamptey to win the WBO title.

Davidson said: “He called me five minutes before my fight and said ‘be very careful of your opponent, he will try and hit you in the stomach.’ “He then asked me what I would do if someone tries to fight like that. I told him ‘to put up a good guard and keep out of reach.’ “He then said ‘you’ve got the key, now just do it, I know you will win.’ “It inspired me to go out and win and I want to thank him so much for following me throughout this career and everything he has said about me has come to pass.

“He said to me I would become a world champion.

“He told me from the start that this is written in the heavens and no one can change this destiny other than me if I take the wrong path in life.

“He put his reputation on the line and said to people that if I did not become a world champion then they should never ever respect him again.”

Davidson is already receiving offers of fights to defend his title but is about to jet off to Australia for a short break to see his son before coming back and making a decision.

However, he is adamant he would like to make one defence in Nigeria, in front of T.B. Joshua, and then hopes to quickly follow that up with another big fight back in Southampton.

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4:27pm Wed 4 Jul 12

MichaelCarr1 says...

I wonder if he can afford to keep Southampton as his base. If he wants to defend his title in Nigeria he will need a promoter there.

I doubt the quality of opposition in Nigeria will help his ranking as many of top fifteen fighters in the WBO's rankings prefer to have low risk, high reward fights, and are based in America.

One way Davidson could start building up his profile is by targeting the Commonwealth belt which is currently held by Jamie Cox.

I don't doubt his talent, he already is very avoided in boxing circles. One key question remains, can he promote himself and TARGET the right fights.

He comes across as very humble, and not the type of guy who would trash-talk or call opponents out, maybe he should talk himself into fights by doing that.
I wonder if he can afford to keep Southampton as his base. If he wants to defend his title in Nigeria he will need a promoter there. I doubt the quality of opposition in Nigeria will help his ranking as many of top fifteen fighters in the WBO's rankings prefer to have low risk, high reward fights, and are based in America. One way Davidson could start building up his profile is by targeting the Commonwealth belt which is currently held by Jamie Cox. I don't doubt his talent, he already is very avoided in boxing circles. One key question remains, can he promote himself and TARGET the right fights. He comes across as very humble, and not the type of guy who would trash-talk or call opponents out, maybe he should talk himself into fights by doing that. MichaelCarr1
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1:01am Thu 5 Jul 12

samueljohnson says...

Such an ****, he knew/knows NOTHING about Michael Jackson!
Such an ****, he knew/knows NOTHING about Michael Jackson! samueljohnson
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