DAVIES LOSES CELTIC DREAM / MIXED RESULTS FOR QUINN AND SAUNDERS
Wales’ featherweight champion Dai Davies was knocked out in the second round of his Celtic super-featherweight title challenge to Scotland’s John Simpson at the SECC Arena on Saturday. The Merthyr man was definitely the underdog entering the Lions Den and with an upturn in recent form Davies (9st 3lbs) had hoped to cause an upset but European ranked Simpson (9st 4lbs) was on top form. In the first round Davies boxed neatly, with both pugilists attempting to establish their jab and find range. The big shots that Davies was able to evade in the first round caught up with him in the second, a left hook rocked him to his boots and a follow up attack bundled him to the canvas where he was counted out. Davies’ record slips to 9-19-2, 1KO while Simpson improves to 24-9, 11KO. There were other mixed results on the Scottish show. Colwyn Bay’s welterweight Lee Quinn sprung a superb upset over the much fancied Scottish prospect Sammy Hill, who had previously held a record 4-0, with a hard fought 39-38 win. Quinn’s record now stands at 2-1-1, 1KO. Cardiff’s welterweight Rhys Saunders was unable to record his first career win as he was defeated 40-36 by Scotland’s Hugh Gray.