DAVIES WARNS TURLEY AGAINST TRADING

Welsh featherweight champion Dai ‘Dutters’ Davies (10-23-2, 1KO) expects to stop his rival Robbie Turley (13-4, 3KO) if they trade together on July 11th at the Merthyr Leisure Centre. Their rematch, which will be promoted by Sanigar Events and broadcast on Eurosport, will be more than five years on from their first meeting in 2009. In their original fight, Davies won via Technical Knockout after an accidental head clash cut Turley and led to a ninth round stoppage. It is Davies’ only stoppage victory in his professional career but he anticipates another in their rematch, he said, “I expect Robbie to go on the back foot and box me. If he tries trading with me, I don’t think he’s going to last six or seven rounds. “He’s going to be fit and training hard but I’ve matured over the last five years. I feel stronger and I think with that weight advantage, I’m going to be stronger overall. I’m not looking past Robbie Turley, I can’t wait to fight him.” Davies, who is trained by Dai Gardiner at Gelligaer Boxing Club, is in his third reign as Welsh champion but he’s yet to successfully defend his title, suffering second round stoppage losses to Jamie Arthur and Lee Selby. Since beating Turley, Davies has spent time in the away corner on the road, picking up four wins and a draw but losing 13 times. However, Davies believes his career is turning a corner, he said, “If you look at my career, when I’ve had notice, I’ve won fights. I know people say I blow hot and cold but I always go to win, I’ve got time for this fight and it’s on my home turf in Merthyr. It’s a dream fight for me. “I know my record doesn’t show what I’m capable of doing. People say I’m a journeyman but when I have taken short notice fights, it’s because boxing is a business. I’m not in it for the money but you know what it’s like, I’ve got a family to take care of. I’ve taken fights that I regret in the past but that’s the way it went and that’s it. The rematch with Turley will be Davies’ first fight in his hometown since 2007. With home advantage, Davies hopes to add his own chapter to Merthyr Tydfil’s rich boxing history. He said, “I’ve moved on, I’ve had three Welsh title opportunities and I’ve took them. Alright, I haven’t defended them with a win yet but this is my first defence of this run and it’s in Merthyr, so I’ve got to do it. I’d love to put my name down in Merthyr’s history. ” Headlining here is something I dreamed about since I was 11. I’m 31 now, I’ve been in boxing a few years and I’d love to go down in Merthyr history. I’m hoping to sell out this place, at the moment there is a big demand. People think I deserve it, they’re getting behind me big time and I appreciate it.”

In support will be Frankie Borg (8-2, 3KO), Craig Kennedy (8-0, 5KO), Alex Hughes (1-0, 1KO), Stuart Brewer (1-0), Tony Dixon (4-0, 1KO), Lewis Patterson (3-2, 1KO) and Rhys Jones.

£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.

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