5th July, 2012
King Davidson, who won the World Boxing Organisation, WBO, International Light Middleweight belt last week, has revealed the inspiration behind his victory. He said a Nigerian prophet, TB Joshua predicted he would become a world champion.
The Daily Echo reports that King Davidson knocked out Joseph Lamptey in a 12-Round Light Middleweight bout held at the Oceana Nightclub, Southampton, Hampshire in United Kingdom on 30 June, 2012.
His fight was one of the top bouts held on the night, but the Nigerian took his opponent to the cleaners at the end.
It was gathered that Davidson, 27, who is based in Southampton, has been followed through his whole career by the Nigerian minister and televangelist T.B. Joshua, who gained popularity for predicting the death of Michael Jackson and faith healing injured sports stars such as Nwaknwo kanu, Joseph Yobo, Daniel Amokachi and former athlete, Mercy Nku.
However, Davidson said that TB Joshua has finically and spiritually backed him in his boxing career, revealing that the man of God called him 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.’
“His encouraging words inspired me to go out and win and I want to thank him so much for following me throughout my 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 to make 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.
T.B. Joshua, founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations in Nigeria, which attracts 15,000 followers to its weekly services, also sponsors a grassroots football academy; My People Football Club, which produced two players, Sani Emmanuel and Ogenyi Onazi for the Golden Eaglets who played in the final of the Nigeria 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Both Emmanuel, known as the Synagogue Boy and Onazi have since joined Italian Serie A Club, Lazio, where they are gradually breaking into the first team.