King hit

Tregear boxer King David­son is in­spir­ing kids to get off the streets and into the gym.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Doug Con­way

KING David­son is a man on a mis­sion – to act as a role model for kids do­ing it tough.

The Tregear south­paw said box­ing in par­tic­u­lar and sport in gen­eral could turn around the lives of young men fall­ing in with the wrong crowd and drift­ing into dan­ger­ous path­ways.

He wants to get them out of the pubs and clubs and into the UTC gym where he trains at St Marys.

“I want to show them that no mat­ter what you go through, you can be who­ever you want to be,” said Nige­rian-born David­son, who moved to Aus­tralia 10 years ago and has lived in Tregear with his wife Afsa for the past two years.

“I want to in­spire our youth to stay out of trou­ble, to stay out of the pubs and clubs, stay away from smok­ing, drink­ing and do­ing drugs.

“There is hope. You can step up in life and be a great per­son.

“I see some guys sit­ting around St Marys station wast­ing their time. They should head to the gym.”

David­son, a for­mer Aus- tralian, WBO African and WBO international light heavy­weight cham­pion, has re­turned home from a rare de­feat in Ger­many, beaten on points over 10 rounds by Robert Talarek, of Nurem­berg.

It was only his sec­ond loss in 21 fights as a pro­fes­sional.

But he is far from dis­cour­aged and is look­ing for­ward to his next bout in Canada in September, head­ing over­seas again be­cause “no-one in Aus­tralia wants to fight me”.

“I’m still in my prime,” said the 31-year-old, who won a gold medal at the 2003 All African Games, a bronze at the 2002 Manch­ester Com­mon­wealth Games and was a quar­ter-fi­nal­ist at Mel­bourne’s Com­mon­wealth Games in 2006.

Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

King David­son.

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