Frankie Borg aiming to bounce back against Ben Jack Davies

Frankie Borg aiming to bounce back against Ben Jack Davies

Former Welsh Area champion Frankie Borg (9-4, 3KO) has travelled to Barnsley to face Ben ‘Jack The Lad’ Davies (6-2-1, 3KO) in a non-title ten round contest.

The middleweights weighed-in earlier today with Borg tipping the scales at 11st 8lbs 2oz and Davies weighing the same ahead of their fight that will headline Carl Greaves’ show at the Metrodome.

It will be Borg’s first fight since making an unsuccessful second defence of his Welsh Area title in March when he suffered a knockout loss to Swansea’s Chris Ware. It was the third time Borg came unstuck against ‘Mutley’, having lost in the semi-finals of the Welsh ABA’s in 2009 and a four rounder in November.

However, the 35-year-old has bounced back from previous losses to produce his career-best performances in the past. After a knockout loss to Bristol’s Danny Butler in 2012, Borg returned to capture the Welsh Area title in BoxingWales‘ Fight of 2012, a sixth round retirement of Bargoed’s Gary Cooper.

Borg, who trains at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport alongside newly crowned IBF world champion Lee Selby, would then take a late notice call to fight hot-prospect Chris Eubank Jnr, who now owns the WBA Interim strap, and suffer a last second stoppage loss. Again, the Butetown brawler bounced back to edge out Merthyr Tydfil’s former European champion Kerry Hope in his first title defence.

Davies, who is proud of his part-Welsh grandparenthood, recently spoke to the British Boxing Board of Control’s Welsh Area Council in an attempt to compete for the Area title but his efforts were rebuffed when he was told he didn’t qualify as Welsh.

The 25-year-old Yorkshire native is 10 years Borg’s junior but turned professional just two years after his rival. Since then, Davies has had spells under the guidance of Glyn Rhodes MBE and Mick Wale before settling with Sean Thickett in Sheffield, training alongside Sam Matkin and Ryan Hardy.

Davies, who implements an all action come-forward style, has been involved in numerous fan friendly fights over the last two years. In his his third outing, Davies went to war with Dan Blackwell and suffered the first blemish of his career in his next outing, a four round draw against London’s journeyman Joe Walsh.

On his return, Davies produced his best form with wins over Nicky Jenman and Kieron Gray, the latter stoppage victory saw him collect the lightly regarded British Masters Bronze title. The temptation of another title shot was too much to ignore soon afterwards and he accepted a late notice offer to face Lewis Taylor, losing the competitive 10 rounder on points.

Never one to take an easy fight, Davies fought a fellow prospect on his return but it resulteded in back-to-back defeats. The once beaten Mike Byles inflicted a horrendous eye injury on Davies, causing the officials to end it and resulting in a Technical Knockout. The part-Welshman gained revenge in the rematch, though – scoring a knockout in four rounds.

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