Davies training for debut in February

Davies training for debut in February

Pontyberem’s Zack Davies is planning to make his professional debut in February.

The light-welterweight (64KG) is satisfied with his achievements in the amateur code and believes that now is the time to turn professional.

He said, “I’ve been back in the gym near enough two months, I think. Things are getting better and hopefully I’ll make my debut around February time.

“I had about 120 amateur fights, near enough that. A lot of experience, I served my apprentiship in the sport and hopefully, I will bring it through in to the pros.

“I’ve had a lot of fights and experience internationally which definitely helped me, I boxed good boys. I’m got a good grounding in boxing to turn professional now.”

In March, Davies endured the toughest of routes to the Welsh Senior Championships final but he overcame it to win the competition in his weight category, edging out Lance Cooksey and Gavin Gwynne in thrillers along the way. From there, Davies progressed to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he was beaten at the quarter-final stage by Scotland’s Josh Taylor, who eventually went on to win gold.

Reflecting on his final season in a vest, Davies said, “I just think I’ve been boxing around the world as an amateur and done a lot. I feel it’s the time to turn pro, my goal was to go to the Commonwealth Games and I did it. I didn’t win a medal which was unfortunate but that’s gone now.

“He [Taylor] was a good boy but I thought I got the tactics well wrong in the fight. He won gold, so it made it a little easier for me to accept.”

Davies, from South West Wales, has decided to turn over with the respected Gary Lockett as his trainer and manager. The geography of Davies’ commute can be testing but the 22-year-old was enthusiastically energetic when queried about settling in his new gym surroundings.

He said, “I come up to Gary three times a week and I train back home then. I get a good six boxing sessions in a week.

“At the moment, I’m just doing my training but I’ll probably have to get a day job pretty soon, to be honest.

“The gym is an ideal introduction to being a pro. Liam Williams is doing really well, Dale Evans, Lewis Rees and Alex Hughes are quality too. Enzo Maccarinelli is here as well, which is great because we want to be in his shoes at world level.”

Although the owner of a booming left hook, which is likely to become his trademark punch, Davies is a composed orthodox boxer. The tall light-welterweight can be strong on the inside and subtle when moving, all of which are attributes that suggest he will be suited to punching for pay.

Refusing to get carried away and remaining realistic about his potential, Davies wouldn’t be drawn into setting any time defined targets.

Instead, Davies simply said, “My goal is to be the best I can be. I’m not saying I’m going to be world champion… but I’m aiming for as good as I can get.”

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