DAVIES V TURLEY: REPEAT OR REVENGE

TurleyCutFive years ago, Merthyr Tydfil’s Dai Davies knew a little bit too much for Cefn Fforest’s fresh Robbie Turley whose face was covered claret as he suffered his first and only stoppage defeat courtesy of a gruesome cut above his left eye. Both have been around the block since that night in Newport with wins, losses and lessons for each. They’ve come full circle and will meet again for the Welsh featherweight title on July 11th at the Merthyr Leisure Centre as the headliner of Sanigar Events’ aptly named ‘Repeat Or Revenge’ show. Although there has always been a certain level of intrigue amongst the Welsh boxing community surrounding the idea of a rematch, few expected it to happen right now and to a degree, that included the fighters. Davies, who collected his second Welsh title and improved his record to 6-10-1 after their original bout, said, “I was a little bit surprised but it’s been on the cards for a while. I think he can’t get over the fact I beat him last time. Obviously, it’s hard to get over because he was younger but he lacked experience and I was the winner.” It was Turley’s second defeat in eight fights but with the Welsh title in sight, it appeared to hurt the worst. Speaking slowly about his memories of the night, Turley said, “I underestimated him, I’d only had six fights myself and I jumped straight from four rounds to a ten rounder. I went in there thinking that I couldn’t lose and it was the wrong attitude. I was chasing him, we clashed heads and I got cut. That affected my tactics, I was chasing the fight from then. “It’s been a fight that I’ve wanted to put right for a while, I want to turn the loss to a win. It wasn’t something I was really thinking about now though because now I’m a super-bantamweight and he’s a featherweight. To be honest, I thought I’d be going down a different route but I’m happy that I’ve got a chance to put it right. There is little doubt that the gash that opened above Turley’s eye was courtesy of an accidental head clash but both boxers are at odds over the importance of the role that the injury played… Speaking with a sense of injustice, Davies stopped and stressed his point, saying, “The way it went, they’re trying to say I won because we clashed heads and it was close but I thought I was winning easy. When they retired him with the cut, I thought I was well in control. Meanwhile Turley, who was only 22 at the time of the first fight, prefers to focus on the positives, “I think he was edging it like but I’m a lot more experienced now. I’ve been in with better boys and I’m not a novice pro now, I was back then. It was a bit gutting for me, I didn’t fight for a year afterwards but if I win this, I’ll carry on knocking on the door for a British title.” Since that night, Turley gone down a weight category to super-bantamweight where he has produced his career best form and collected Welsh and Celtic titles, meanwhile Davies has dropped 13 defeats with the odd win scattered amongst his appearances that, in fairness, are often on the road and in the away corner. While they disagree about the causes of the conclusion of their first fight, both are typically bold in telling BoxingWales that they’ll be better when they fight again. Summing up, Davies said, “I think I’ve come on, I know I’m 31 years old but I feel reborn after my last fight (points win over andy Townend). I’ve changed a few things and switched back on with my boxing. I can see light at the end of the tunnel and I’m not far off fighting for a big title now. Turley completed the conversation by stating, “I’ve learned a lot now. Back then, I didn’t even know how to pace myself, fitness weren’t a problem but I know how to be more steady on my feet and ride the rounds now. That’s very important if I’m going to win these title fights.” £30 and £50 tickets for the show are available from Sanigar Events and Bristol Boxing Club on 01179496699. For more information, visit: www.westcountryboxing.com. It will be broadcast live on Eurosport. In support will be Frankie Borg (8-2, 3KO), Luke Osman (3-12-1, 1KO) v James Lilley (6-4, 1KO), Craig Kennedy (8-0, 5KO), Alex Hughes (1-0, 1KO), Adam Goldsmith (2-0-1) v Stuart Brewer (1-0), Tony Dixon (4-0, 1KO), Dorian Darch (7-3, 1KO), Lewis Patterson (3-2, 1KO) and debutant Kyle Jones.

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