Kody Davies – Commonwealth Games preview
Name: Kody Davies. Weight: Heavyweight (91KG). Club: Lions Den. Prediction: Quarter-Finals. Despite being a former British youth champion, it’s undeniable that Kody Davies of Lions Den Boxing Club is taking a big step up at his first major tournament but he enters the Commonwealth Games without any pressure to perform and that may be in his favour. The youngest male member of the boxing team turned 20-years-old just before the games began, entering as one of the most inexperienced boxers on the squad with just a handful of senior contests, including three losses but he owns more wins. This year’s contests have been Davies’ first since the World Youth Championships in December 2012. In that tournament, Davies demonstrated his class with a quality performance against Tajikstan’s highly rated Haydarkon Samadov, winning 21-7 and he’ll need to reproduce that form this week. Davies showed flashes of that form in this year’s Welsh Championships. Winning his first senior domestic title, Davies impressed with comprehensive victories over Richie Davies and David Walker in the final and semi-final respectively. However, Davies suffered two defeats at international level soon after at the Gee Bee tournament in Finland and when on tour in Canada – it would’ve been an eye opener for Davies. The heavyweight has qualified for the games in Glasgow on merit and he’s earned a deserved place amongst a stacked weight division. The southpaw owns a pair of thick legs and that’s where he generates his power from, add deceivingly fast hands to his game and he has the potential to surprise many and get within touching distance of a medal. IMAGE BY KRIS AGLAND.