DAVIES THRILLS ON DEBUT

By Ashley Ball: BEN JACK DAVIES left the Barnsley Metrodome crowd wanting more after a highly-entertaining debut win against Lithuanian Andrej Cepur. Davies, aged 23, proudly wore the Welsh dragon on his shorts in tribute to his fighting Welsh Granddad and the super-middleweight, who’s from Dodworth got off the mark with a 40-36 win. Sounds a routine, debut shutout win, doesn’t it? Far from it. Davies (11’11 1/4) sank late replacement Cepur (11’3 3/4) with a left hook to the body in the first round and a stoppage looked on the cards. The fight continued to be one-sided with referee John Latham itching to jump in to end the contest but Davies’ hooks punched fight into Cepur who came off the ropes swinging to save himself from a stoppage. Cepur was encouraged further by a cut to Davies’ right eye and landed with right hands but Davies was undeterred and maintained his attacks to body and head and looked intent on forcing a knockout. The third round seemed to last a lot longer than the allotted three minutes and drew vocal support from the packed crowd who, like those ringside, didn’t really want the toe-to-toe action to end. After a less frenzied final round, Davies’ hand was raised with Cepur rightly awarded a share of a round to re-coup the point lost from the knock down. Glyn Rhodes-trained Davies will fight again on November 9th at Ice Sheffield and can be followed on Twitter @BenJackDavies. There was more Welsh interest on the card but Newport’s Jerome Samuels couldn’t get his first win against Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy, who moved onto 4-0 with a comfortable points win via a 60-54 scoreline over six two minute rounds.

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