Although going to funerals is not one of my favorite things to do I’m still glad that I went when it is all done and over. Saturday I joined several of my boxing friends and several more boxing acquaintances to pay respects to former middleweight contender, Dwight “Dynamite” Davison. The saddest part of the funeral was the adjective of few before friends and acquaintances. The number of 30 to 40 has dwindled rapidly over the last few years and on the way home from St. Raymond’s Catholic Church I realized that I have become one of the remaining few who had the honor and pleasure of being around the last golden age of Detroit boxing.
There are two things that I recall about Davison’s boxing career. The first, his punching power. As a middleweight he was tall at 6’1’’. A stand up straight boxer he possessed a straight right hand that could drop you. Ask Murray Sutherland, Sugar Ray Seales, Carlos Tite and Lindell Holmes. Four really tough guys that could take a punch and all stopped by Davison.
Secondly, he was one of those boxers who would have been a world champion had he come along at either an earlier or later date then when he did. Marvelous Marvin Hagler ruled the roost. How Davison would have fared against Hagler will never be known as Davison could never get past that final hurdle to get a shot. Along with wins over Sutherland and Seales, Davison notched W’s on his gun-belt over Willie Monroe and Curtis Parker. That put him in against contender Robbie Epps but a unanimous decision loss set him back to the drawing board. Davison bounced back into contention with a win over tough Wilford Scypion. That sent Davison over the pond to face Tony Sibson in an elimination bout for the chance to fight Hagler for the title. A little side note, Davison fought for promoter Don King while Hagler was under Bob Arum. Had Davidson been under contract with Arum perhaps an elimination bout may not have had to happen. Nevertheless Sibson defeated Davison and Davison once again found himself out. In 1988 Davison fought his way back into contention by defeating Carlos Tite and Phillip Morefield but any hopes of getting a world title fight fell through when he lost to Kevin Watts at The Palace of Auburn Hills for the North American Boxing Federation title.
Davison had his last fight in 1996 for the fringe organization IBO’s Super Middleweight Title losing to Eddie White. His final ring record an impressive 44-8, 33 wins by KO. Davison left the ring and remained in Detroit where he started his own home repair and tree removal service. His funeral service was held last Saturday at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Detroit where Dwight was a member. RIP and God bless.