John's story is truly inspirational, and this autobiography pulls no punches.
John Davison was 25 years old and going nowhere. Supporting his wife and daughter in a tough suburb of Newcastle with no job, he spent his days trying to make ends meet when he was spotted sparring in an old boxing gym by a club coach. John was persuaded to take up amateur boxing despite his age and lack of experience. His life would never be the same again.
Davison soon became a champion amateur boxer, reaching the ABA finals in a matter of months and becoming an established international star. His all action attacking style of boxing as well as his sledge-hammer right hook made him a truly feared opponent and saw him captain his country on eight occasions. But the dream turned sour when politics denied Davison his rightful place in the Great Britain squad for the 1988 Olympic Games, and he retired from the sport.
Davison's fame had not, however, gone unnoticed in his hometown, not least by the underworld figure Viv Graham and local professional boxing manager Tommy Conroytogether they convinced Davison to come out of retirement and join the professional ranks.
Davison went on to win the WBC International Featherweight title in only his eleventh bout and successfully defended it twice. He established himself as one of the top featherweight boxers in the world. In 1992 he captured the British Featherweight Title, enduring a shattered jaw in the process. This victory offered him the chance that he had long been deniedthe right to be called Champion of the World. He was scheduled to fight the Columbian Ruben "The Hurricane" Palacio for the WBO Featherweight title in 1993 but what was to follow ws to destroy the careers of both men and shake the world of boxing to its very foundations...
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About the Author
John Davison entered boxing at a young age, but went on to win a variety of titles, including the British Featherweight title in 1992. He now works as a personal trainer in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Table of ContentsMy Time 1
Basic Instinct 7
Warnings from the Masked Man 29
Mug's Game 53
New Kid on the Block 65
Fight for England 89
Fool's Gold 103
Small Time, Big Time 119
Head and Shoulders 141
Million-dollar Geordie 157
All in the Defence 175
French Connection 195
Matching Pair 213
Best of British 231
Making History? 245
When the Party's Over 263